The Day Of The Triffids Review

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6 part BBC version of John Wydham's novel is much better than the 50's film


This six-part BBC adaptation of John Wyndham’s novel is much better than the disappointing film. The early episodes find much of humanity struck blind by a passing comet and London invaded by carnivorous, poisonous walking plants. It has a good enough story in the Survivors mode, with well-intentioned or dangerous sighted folk trying to get by, even before the monsters (excellent effects, with unnerving sounds to match) add to the trouble. Some of the acting is strident, especially from heroine Emma Relph in the opening episodes, but John Duttine and Maurice Colbourne anchor it in a chunky-sweater reality.