Jo (Joely Richardson) and Bill (Dougray Scott) © Power

The latest remake of Day of the Triffids was rather worryingly given a late insertion in the BBC christmas schedule. It was commissioned by outgoing BBC Fiction chief Jane Tranter and sometimes the new comer does not put their full weight behind the previous persons commissions… It seems to have had very little publicity even in their own BBC listing magazine. All of which seems to say don’t expect too much of it. It airs in the UK on December 28 and 29, 2009. We don’t have any details of transmission in other areas as yet.

The BBC commissioned British independent production house Power and Toronto-based Prodigy Pictures. The revamped Triffids has a script by British writer Patrick Harbinson, whose credits include US TV series such as ER, Law & Order, Dark Angel and Millennium. It was filmed back in April 2009 in South East England.

The official details…

Dougray Scott, Joely Richardson, Brian Cox, Vanessa Redgrave, Eddie Izzard and Jason Priestley star in The Day Of The Triffids, written by Patrick Harbinson. This epic, fast-paced futuristic two-part drama, shown on consecutive nights, is based on John Wyndham’s best-selling novel of the same name, 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 must lead the brave in their epic battle against the Triffids’ reign of terror in what could be the last days of mankind…

Dougray Scott is Bill Masen, Joely Richardson is Jo Playton, Brian Cox is Dennis Masen, Vanessa Redgrave is Durrant, Eddie Izzard is Torrence and Jason Priestley is Coker.

Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online