The new two part adaptation of John Wyndham's The Day Of the Triffids debuts tonight on BBC1 at 9.00pm. Here are three preview clips and a selection of promotional stills.

From the BBC Press Release:

Dougray Scott, Joely Richardson, Brian Cox, Vanessa Redgrave, Eddie Izzard and Jason Priestley star in The Day Of The Triffids, written by Patrick Harbinson (ER, Law & Order). This epic, apocalyptic and futuristic two-part drama is a co-production between Power and Canadian producer Prodigy Pictures for BBC One.

This exciting, fast-paced drama is based on John Wyndham's best-selling post-apocalyptic novel, The Day Of The Triffids, published in 1951. In the not too distant future, man's search for an alternative fuel supply leads him to uncover the ominous Triffid, a crop now cultivated for its fuel that seems to have a life of its own. But when spectators gather worldwide for a much anticipated solar storm, billions are left blinded and the few sighted survivors watch as society collapses into chaos.

The Triffids, meanwhile, find their way out of captivity. Free to roam the planet with a fatal sting, and a retributive taste for human flesh, the Triffids begin rapid breeding. Now Dr Bill Masen (Dougray Scott) must lead the brave in their epic battle against the Triffids' reign of terror in what could be the last days of mankind.

Justin Bodle, Executive Producer, Power says: "We are enormously excited to have secured this stellar cast for The Day Of The Triffids. Together with its amazing effects and iconic locations, it will deliver the drama mini-series event of 2009."

Julie Gardner, Head of Drama, BBC Wales, adds: "The incredible cast lined-up for The Day Of The Triffids is testament to the quality of Patrick Harbinson's script. We hope audiences, both old and new, will be captivated by this modern take of John Wyndham's classic best-selling novel."

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I'll be reviewing it later.

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2 Responses to “THE DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS Preview”
  1. Wow, seriously impressed by that first episode. Subtle changes to the pace and tone of the original storyline complemented without compromising Wyndham's original (which is my favourite book, incidentally). Great FX, genuine sense of the apocalypse, great acting....worked for me. Best Christmas TV of the year...

  2. FRANK says:

    It was OK. Needed a bit more pacing, Izzard was as I expected and completely miscast. Enjoyable. Not the best Xmas TV as that now rightly belongs to 'An Englishman In New York'.

    I'll review Triffids tomorrow after Part 2 has gone out.

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