The Day of the Triffids (1981)

BBC (ended 1981)




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The Day of the Triffids (1981)

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Welcome to The Day of the Triffids guide at John Wyndham's deeply humanistic stories were a popular choice for television in the 1980s. ITV developed Chockey, and the BBC turned in this successful six-part adaptation of The Day of the Triffids. Wyndham's classic tale of evil plants taking over the world had been filmed before, as a melodramatic movie in 1963. The TV version was lower-key, almost sober in its approach, sticking closely to the original book and bringing out the author's main theme of mankind's response to a holocaust. Commissioned by David Maloney in 1979, this adaptation of the classic John Wyndham novel was originally scheduled for production and transmission in 1980, but the programme was delayed until further funding was secured from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the American cable network RCTV. The series was broadcast as six 25-minute episodes in the UK and three 50-minute episodes overseas.