Rarely do remakes live-up to the originals (Melrose Place, anyone?), but in recent years the BBC has developed an impressive knack for them. The 2005 version of Doctor Who has re-ignited many people's love of the famous 60s show, and attracted a whole new cult of fans, while last year's Survivors revamp gave the original apocalyptic drama a modern twist that helped secure a decent following and a subsequent second season. Luckily their latest reboot, The Day of the Triffids, looks set to succeed too.
Of course, just as those remakes have flaws so does this new two-parter: There are scripted inaccuracies (London Bobbies carrying guns?), and unbelievable storylines (think Jack Bauer's death-dodging abilities). Things improve as the show progresses, and all is forgiven thanks to The Day of the Triffids' brilliant cast.
Written by ER's Patrick Harbinson the sci-fi thriller, starring Eddie Izzard (The Riches), Joely Richardson (Nip/Tuck) and Dougray Scott (Desperate Housewives), is a modern re-telling that shares basic similarities with its parent show, and the book on which both are based. In it, the majority of the planet's population is again blinded by a meteor shower (well, a solar storm), which gives vicious flesh-eating Triffid plants the opportunity to sate their desire for human flesh. Unlike in previous versions, however, in this one the Triffids are already on Earth, held captive and cultivated for their oil. They're also a hell of a lot scarier than before as they're computer-generated into tall, menacing figures rather than just small actors in suits.
Overall the visual effects are stunning, if a tad over-done, and the acting is superb. Get a taster from the trailer below and see if you agree:
The Day of the Triffids premieres on BBC 1 and BBC HD on Monday, December 28, at 9pm and continues the following day at the same time.