Following the success of How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, Any Dream Will Do and I’d Do Anything, Over The Rainbow reunites host Graham Norton and Andrew Lloyd Webber, who, along with a brand new panel of experts (Sheila Hancock, Charlotte Church and John Partridge) and BBC One viewers, will choose a Dorothy to perform in the West End production of The Wizard Of Oz next year. The show transmits with a weekend special on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 March, then the live studio shows start on Saturday 3 April (time tbc).

Viewers will see thousands of hopefuls turning up at open auditions across the country in Friday night’s show, in a bid to become the newest star of the West End.

As the selection process continues, Saturday’s show will showcase the final 20 “Dorothys” in a studio-based “sing-off”‘ – judged by the panel and Andrew, who will make a selection down to 10 girls.

The Wild Card

In a surprise “wild card” element of the show, after the panel – led by Andrew Lloyd Webber – has agreed upon the 10 finalists, viewers will be invited to vote to save one of the girls who doesn’t get through the panels’ vote, to return next week.

Telephone lines will open for a set amount of time after these 10 girls have all performed a sing-off song and the contestant with the most votes will be revealed the following week, in the first live show to air on 3 April.

Viewers will find out the results of the “wild card” vote, and the 10 Dorothys will perform for their chance to stay in the competition and be critiqued by the panel and Andrew.

Viewers have the opportunity to cast their votes and the outcome will be announced in the results show. The two contestants with the least amount of votes will perform a “sing-off” and Andrew Lloyd Webber will decide which contestant he wants to remain in the competition.

Andrew Lloyd Webber commented: “I would like to bring something new to The Wizard Of Oz. I’m searching for a modern Dorothy, who can take the role much further, and continue to appeal to a wide audience.

“The film worked fantastically but we need some new songs for the stage show in addition to the much-loved originals from the movie. Over The Rainbow is of course one of the greatest songs ever written.”

Andrew Lloyd Webber is also searching for a Toto, for a one-off gala performance of The Wizard Of Oz, when it hits the West End stage next year.

Jodie Prenger (winner of 2008’s I’d Do Anything) will lead the search for Toto in April, at two open audition days (venue tbc). Viewers will be able to follow the dogs’ progress across the series, as they do their best to charm dedicated cat man, Andrew Lloyd Webber!

Over The Rainbow Live Events

This May, Over The Rainbow fans are invited to have a go at singing at a series of free events around the country. The Over The Rainbow Live Events will give thousands of participants the chance to take part in their own musical theatre experience, with help from the BBC Singers, BBC musicians and some very special guests.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve never sung before – the events are aimed at beginners and open to everyone.

The Over The Rainbow Live Events will visit four UK cities in May – full details of the events and how to apply for tickets will be available online from April.

Friday 26 March, show to air 21.00-22.00, Saturday 27 March, show time tbc. Live shows start Saturday 3 April, times tbc.

BBC One Daytime will be marking the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Swinging Sixties with an original new drama, and a week-long series of special factual programmes looking back at the decade.

The Indian Doctor (working title), a new drama series starring Sanjeev Bhaskar, tells the story of Dr Prem Patel, one of the thousands of doctors who – encouraged by Enoch Powell – moved from the Indian Sub-Continent to the UK to begin new lives.

Rewind The 60s (working title) explores the social changes and major news events that took place in the decade.

Both programmes have been commissioned by BBC Daytime Controller, Liam Keelan.

Talking about the commissions, Liam Keelan says: “The story of the doctors who came to the UK from the Indian Sub-Continent is one that hasn’t been widely told, so it’s really exciting to be able to commission The Indian Doctor, this new original drama, for BBC One Daytime.

“This commission builds on the number of dramas that BBC One Daytime has already commissioned and shown over the last 18 months – Land Girls, Missing, and Moving On – in addition to the continuing drama Doctors which this March celebrates its 10th anniversary.”

He adds: “Rewind The 60s will be an entertaining look back at the decade, while also examining the key stories and looking at the huge social change that took place, ensuring that the programme will be a popular watch for our viewers.”

The Indian Doctor (working title)

In 1963 Enoch Powell, Minister of Health, promised high wages and a glamorous lifestyle, funded by the NHS, to a generation of highly-educated doctors from the Indian Sub-Continent. Many, bringing their wives and families in tow, sailed for Britain, but many didn’t get the dream job they were hoping for.

The Indian Doctor tells the story of Dr Prem Patel, a high-flying Delhi graduate, who comes to the UK as part of the first wave of doctors wooed by Enoch Powell.

Prem wants to build a new life for himself following a family tragedy, and his ambition is to become a Harley Street consultant, or, at the very least to work in a top London hospital. It’s only when he arrives in the UK that he realises quite how far the Rhondda in South Wales is from the West End.

But, although he has to come to terms with a life different to the one he expected, his arrival in the Rhondda is also significant for the community. As a fresh pair of eyes, Prem exposes a scandal affecting the health of the coal miners that many knew was happening, but chose to ignore.

Rewind The 60s (working title)
Rewind The 60s looks at the huge social change, creative innovation and historic importance that made the Swinging Sixties what it was.

Across the week key stories of the decade will be brought back to life through archive film, and by the stories of the people that were there, along with the music, TV, culture and artefacts from the era.

The series will have a studio base and will be hosted by a presenter (to be confirmed) who will, each day, be joined by a different celebrity guest to give their anecdotes from the era.

The Indian Doctor (working title) is being made by Rondo Media and Avatar Films and the executive producers are Tom Ware for Rondo Media, Deep Sehgal for Avatar Films and Gerard Melling for the BBC.

Rewind The 60s (working title) is being made by BBC productions in Bristol, and the executive producers are Pete Lawrence and Gerard Melling.

The BBC today announced the first celebrity names lining up to trip the light fantastic for this year’s Let’s Dance For Sport Relief.

Katy Brand, Rufus Hound and Shappi Khorsandi represent the world of comedy, alongside some of the nations favourite Grumpy Old Women, Jenny Eclair, Linda Robson, Lesley Joseph and Susie Blake.

Also taking to the dance floor will be sporting greats such as footballers Peter Shilton and Rodney Marsh and snooker legends Willie Thorne and Dennis Taylor.

This year’s contestants will be judged by an all-new and exciting panel that sees the judging line-up change for all four shows. The panel of three will predominantly feature faces from the world of comedy and celebrities who performed last year.

Together the viewers and the panel will vote for their favourite dancers to go through to the final.

Comedians confirmed so far are Jack Dee and Frank Skinner.

Claudia Winkleman and Steve Jones return to host the show which kicks off Saturday 20 February 2010 on BBC One.

The series will run over four weeks, comprising three heats and culminating in a spectacular final dance-off on Saturday 13 March.

The show will see some of the nation’s favourite celebrities pay homage to iconic dance routines in a bid to wow viewers with their moves and a chance to be crowned champion of the dance floor.

Each week a celebrity act (a mix of solo dancers, duos and groups) will perform a number of famous dances such as Single Ladies (Beyonce), Greased Lightning (Grease), Smooth Criminal (Michael Jackson), Bad Guys (Bugsy Malone) and Jai Ho (Slumdog Millionaire).

They will work with a team of top choreographers to master the dance moves and with a team of stylists to represent their dance icon’s look.

Will they rise to the Sport Relief challenge when they take to the floor and give the performance of their lives in front of a live studio audience and the panel?

Who goes through and who gets a chance to compete in the final will be down to the public and the panel.

The final will see six celebrity acts dance with the hope of being crowned the Let’s Dance For Sport Relief Champion on Saturday 13 March.

Proceeds from the voting will go to Sport Relief.

Jo Wallace, Executive Editor, Comedy Entertainment, BBC, said: “Saturday nights on the BBC are all about eventful, big, fun, family entertainment and Let’s Dance For Sport Relief absolutely fits that bill.

“Following on from the last series, the celebrity-packed show aims to have audiences singing and dancing along in their living rooms and, no doubt, in fits of laughter, as the stars of the show try to impress them and the judges with their dance moves, all in the name of charity.”

Malcolm Gerrie, CEO, Whizz Kid Entertainment, said: “Last year’s series exceeded all expectations and Robert Webb’s brilliant interpretation of Flashdance captivated the entire nation: young and old!

“This year, Let’s Dance For Sports Relief hopes to do the same again with some of the most iconic dances of all time being performed by some of the country’s most-loved entertainers and sport stars.”

Comedian Robert Webb was crowned champion last year after he wowed the public and judges in the grand final with a spectacular dance routine to Flashdance: What A Feeling.

Tune in to see who dances off with viewers’ hearts to be crowned Celebrity Let’s Dance Champion for 2010.

The show will be produced by Whizz Kid Entertainment for the BBC.

One of the most popular authors writing today, Sir Terry Pratchett, is to deliver BBC One’s annual Richard Dimbleby Lecture on 1 February 2010.

This will be the 34th lecture held in honour of the veteran broadcaster who died in 1965.

The first novelist to give the lecture, Sir Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the bestselling Discworld series. The first Discworld novel, The Colour Of Magic, was published in 1983 and there are now 37 books in the series.

Regarded as a significant satirist, Pratchett has won numerous literary awards, was awarded an OBE in 1998, Knighted in 2009 and has received eight honorary doctorates. His novels have sold more than 65 million copies and have been translated into 37 languages.

In December 2007, he announced that he had been diagnosed with a rare form of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Since then, he has become Patron of The Alzheimer’s Research Trust and has been closely involved in fundraising as well as making a sizeable donation to the charity himself.

In this keynote lecture, Shaking Hands With Death, Sir Terry Pratchett will explore how modern society, confronted with an increasingly older population, many of whom will suffer from incurable illnesses, will need to redefine how it deals with death.

Jay Hunt, Controller of BBC One, says: “I’m absolutely delighted that one of our most popular and best-loved authors has agreed to give this lecture. Sir Terry Pratchett has spoken with great bravery and honesty about his battle with Alzheimer’s and I look forward to an intelligent and thought-provoking speech.”

Other previous Richard Dimbleby lecturers include the Prince of Wales, Bill Clinton, Dame Stella Rimington and Dr Rowan Williams.

The lecture will be executive produced by Phil Dolling and the producer is Victoria Simpson.

Dougray Scott plays Dr Bill Masen, a brave, troubled scientist who must save the world from the menance of the Triffids. Bill is tested to the limit – and beyond – as the whole of humankind is poised on the brink of destruction.

The drama also concerns Bill’s quest for self-discovery; as Bill struggles with the Tirffids, he must also defeat his personal demons. He is gradually reconciled to his father (played by Brian Cox) from whom he was estranged for many years following the premature death of his mother.

For Dougray, one of the leading British actors of his generation, the offer to play Bill proved irresistible.

“The Day of the Triffids is quite simply a classic,” says the actor, who has starred in such memorable movies as Enigma, Mission: Impossible II, and Ripley’s Game.

“I remember reading the novel when I was young and being absolutely gripped by it. I also recall watching the series as a child and being scared witless by it! It’s a gem.”

The 44-year-old actor, who like Brian hails from the East Coast of Scotland, outlines the character of Bill.

“For many years, he’s been a recluse. He’s been defined by the death of his mother and his estrangement from his father. His father went off and did his own thing and left Bill feeling marginalised and frustrated. So Bill’s need to understand the Triffids is as much his need to understand himself. He is desperate to find out what happened to him as a child. He wants explanations.”

Bill’s search to discover more brings him close to his father for the first time in years. Dougray, who has captured a whole new following since playing Ian, Susan’s (Teri Hatcher) love interest in the hit American series, Desperate Housewives, explains. “After the death of his mother, Bill was in essence abandoned by his father. He was confused and hurt by that – ‘why did you treat me like that?’

“His father says that he did it for Bill’s benefit. Through his obsession with the Triffids, his father saw an opportunity to make money and give his son financial security, but unfortunately that drive took over his life. When they meet again, they grow closer through a shared desire to understand how to conquer the Triffids. Their mutual passion could rekindle the bond they should have had in the past. It might be a chance for them to resurrect a father-son relationship.”

At the same time, Bill finds himself drawn to Jo (Joely Richardson), another resolute character determined to overcome the Triffids.

“Their relationship blossoms in the face of adversity,” muses Dougray.

“Bill is not used to dealing with relationships with people – for most of his life, he’s only had relationships with plants. So he finds himself in a strange position with Jo. He has a basic need for a relationship and is ready to explore that, but at the same time he’s very tentative about it. It’s a love story about two shy individuals trying to reach out and connect in this crazy situation.”

Dougray goes on to reflect on the deeper meaning of this enduring classic.

“It’s not just about the Triffids,” the actor says.

“It’s about human resilience. It’s about how we respond when we’re most severely tested. These characters are thrust into a post-apocalyptic world, and the challenge for them is how they rebuild their lives as they’re beset by fear and loneliness.”

He concludes: “You could say The Day Of The Triffids is a metaphor for the dire effects of exploiting the planet. If we abuse the Earth, there will always be a price to pay. We have to try to repair the damage and respect the harmony of this planet or the consequences will be catastrophic. We have been warned!”

Joely Richardson portrays Jo, the feisty woman who joins forces with Bill (Dougray Scott) to fight back against the Triffids. These ominous plants are threatening to take over the world after a solar storm has left billions blinded. Only the resourceful Jo, Bill and a handful of others can save the human race from complete destruction.

When she was approached about playing the character, Joely’s response was immediate and positive.

“I’ve always loved The Day Of The Triffids,” beams the actress, who headlines alongside her real-life mother, Vanessa Redgrave, also her co-star in Nip/Tuck.

“The title is brilliant – I immediately reacted to it because it conjures up so many images. It’s the TV series that my generation all grew up with – and it really sticks with you.

“It’s weird because at first you think, ‘dangerous plants? Is that really scary?’ But of course it truly is frightening. I’m amazed it hasn’t been remade as a Hollywood blockbuster because it’s an absolute classic!”

Forty-four-year-old Joely, a big star on both sides of the Atlantic, proceeds to describe Jo.

“She’s an incredibly spirited woman, and she and Bill propel things forward,” observes the actress, who has made a global name for herself by playing the character of Julia in Nip/Tuck for the past five years.

“At its heart, this is a love story rather than a sci-fi tale about man-eating plants. It’s about two people who really need each other, and their love takes you through the story. It’s an excellent way of engaging the audience. In the end, isn’t every story about love? Even if it appears to be about hate, it’s about love as an antidote to that. Love makes the world go round.”

The actress, who has starred in such varied fare as Freezing, 101 Dalmatians and Maybe Baby, has surprised herself by taking tremendous pleasure from the green-screen sequences in The Day Of The Triffids.

“I’ve enjoyed those scenes much more than I thought I would,” smiles Joely.

“I imagined the green screen would be really boring. I thought we wouldn’t be able to communicate with the Triffids. But, quite unexpectedly, these special effects sequences have been really good fun. The director shouts, ‘action’, and then you have to hide from a Triffid by ducking or scurrying behind a bush. It’s been a blast. It’s like being a kid again!”

Joely adds: “It’s also been a great change after making a lot of more analytical drama. I’ve been playing the same character for the last five years in Nip/Tuck, so it’s been fantastic to be out there running around and fighting Triffids. It’s a welcome relief from scenes of arguing about divorce around the kitchen table!”

Joely concludes by emphasising that The Day Of The Triffids succeeds in pulling off a rare feat; it is both enormous fun and has profound things to say about the way we live now.

“On some level, you have to call it as it is and say it’s fabulous entertainment. There is a huge appetite for this genre of large-scale entertainment. It doesn’t need to have a message – it can be three hours of pure escapism.

“But at the same time, I think this story really does resonate. It feels like every actor says this about every programme, but The Day Of The Triffids does seem appropriate in these dark days. In these times of enormous global concerns such as drastic climate change and huge financial crises, what could be more apt than this story of how we cope with the apocalypse?”

In The Day Of The Triffids, Eddie Izzard takes on the role of Torrence. He survives a plane crash and ends up as one of the few humans who escapes blinding by the solar storm. However, the others survivors soon realise that Torrence is using the disaster for his own, sinister ends.

Eddie, who has another, highly-successful career as one of Britain’s leading stand-up comedians, and can sell out massive arenas at the drop of a hat, says he was drawn to the complexity of his character in The Day Of The Triffids.

The actor, who has also starred in such major movies as Valkyrie, Ocean’s Twelve and Thirteen and The Chronicles Of Narnia, begins by explaining Torrence’s background.

“He’s disconnected from everyone else. They left it up to us to fill in our characters’ back stories. So I’ve decided that maybe Torrence was orphaned. I think he also has a military background. I was a cadet myself, so I’m using that for this character.”

Forty-seven-year-old Eddie, who has also enjoyed a very well-regarded run as the lead in the US drama series The Riches, goes on to emphasise that he was not interested in making Torrence a cardboard cut-out villain.

“I didn’t want him to be just a bad guy – that’s too obvious. I wanted him to be ambiguous, so other people could never quite tell what they’d encountered.

“Hitchcock said that all villains have got to be charming. The most serious sociopaths often have a magnetic, avuncular thing going on. So I put lots of different colours into the character of Torrence. I made him cute and flirty. At first he is rather likable – he reveals his darker side only gradually.”

Eddie, whose hit stand-up shows have included Dress To Kill, Glorious and, more recently, Stripped goes on to stress the classic qualities of John Wyndham’s novel, which continues to strike a chord some 58 years after it was first published.

“It’s a classic tale. In this version, the Triffids offer a solution to our energy problems, and that makes it a very topical way to update the story. If you come up with a cure for anything, people always go mad for it. Look at I Am Legend – in that film, they find a cure for cancer and everyone goes wild. Humans are hardwired for that story.”

The actor, who also has a considerable career as a stage actor, enthuses that The Day Of The Triffids also works on a more visceral level.

“It’s a brilliant thriller, which taps into the survivalist instinct within us all. Like 28 Days Later, it shows what could happen if the structure of society disintegrated.”

Eddie concludes by wondering: “What if law and order breaks down and you’re forced to get a gun and go feral? How would you react? That’s a universal question. We can ask it of ourselves. And that’s what makes The Day Of The Triffids such a riveting piece of television.”

Brian Cox plays Dennis Masen in The Day Of The Triffids. Dennis is Bill’s father, but the two have been estranged for years. Bill cannot forgive his dad for not reaching out to him after his mum was killed in a horrific Triffid attack.

A fellow scientist, Dennis has devoted his life to studying the Triffids. Bill unwillingly seeks his father out, knowing that their combined expertise is humankind’s only hope in their desperate fight to defeat the man-eating plants. Slowly father and son find their way back together.

The hugely-respected Scottish actor, whose distinguished CV features Deadwood, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Identity and Rob Roy, has long been a fan of The Day Of The Triffids.

“I’ve always loved John Wyndham’s book,” he declares. “It’s one of the best pieces of science fiction there is.”

The 65-year-old actor, who comes originally from Dundee, goes on to delineate Dennis’s characteristics.

“Dennis is not actually in the book – both Bill’s parents are dead in the original. But he provides a link to what Bill is searching for. Bill is looking for a connection to something broken in his life – which is his relationship with his parents.

“Both Bill’s parents were scientists, but Bill is the direct heir of his late mother, who was the brilliant one. She grasped things that Dennis never could. Dennis is a perfectly good scientist who has become a very good PR guy. He’s wonderful at selling science, but knows that’s as far as he’ll go in the field. It’s quite understandable. When a scientist living on a small research makes a breakthrough, he thinks, ‘right, I’ll trumpet this and then sit back and enjoy the benefits’.”

But at that point, Dennis became obsessed with his career – to the severe detriment of his relationship with Bill.

“Dennis deserted his son because he was off making his name as a scientist. Instead of attending to what he should have done – his son – he was off saving the world. But, of course, the task of saving the world begins with saving yourself. Dennis has been cut off from Bill, but now he’s trying to right the wrongs with his son.”

Brian, who made a memorably scary Hannibal Lecter in Manhunter, relished working with Dougray on The Day Of The Triffids. They both hail from the same area in the East of Scotland.

“We grew up just 40 miles from each other in a part of Scotland that is very separate from the rest of the country. When you come from somewhere like that it binds you together.

“Dougray and I had a terrific affinity on set. It’s great to have that bond with another actor. One of the great pluses of working on this was the chance to get to know Dougray really well. It’s lovely because we share the same outlook on life – we have the same wit and the same vernacular. We even added a few ‘ayes’ to the script!”

Finally, Brian underscores the lasting potency of The Day Of The Triffids.

“It’s interesting that, as time moves on, this story has become a more and more pertinent allegory. It’s a tribute to Wyndham’s original, which has become ever more topical with the passage of time.

“You can absolutely understand it now in relation to what we’re doing to our own environment – it’s a simple matter of cause and effect. Of course, The Day Of The Triffids is still cracking entertainment, but it also carries a strong environmental message. It’s a very powerful metaphor for how we behave.”

Jason Priestley plays Coker, one of the survivors of the solar storm who helps Bill to take on the Triffids, the carnivorous plants whose relentless march is endangering the future of the planet.

The Canadian actor, 39, has adored John Wyndham’s novel since childhood.

“I read it in high school and immediately related to it,” beams Jason. “So when the producers contacted me about this, I knew exactly what they were talking about and was instantly intrigued.”

The actor, who as a young man broke millions of teenage (mainly) female hearts round the world as Brandon Walsh in Beverly Hills 90210, also felt an immediate connection with the character of Coker.

“He is a very altruistic individual,” reflects Jason.

“After the solar storm, when so many people get blinded, he is doing his best to help those afflicted. He’s trying to take care of all these newly-blinded people.

“At that moment, Coker also seizes the chance to advance his own political beliefs, which are somewhat left-leaning. You could actually come out and says he’s a bit of a communist. He believes he can start a new society where the very few sighted people look after the blind.”

At first, Coker’s fervent beliefs cause friction with Bill, who is leading the battle against the marauding Triffids.

“Coker is very dogmatic about things,” asserts Jason, who has also starred in My Name Is Earl, Medium and Colditz.

“Coker’s a tough customer who’s willing to lay it all on the line for his cause. Initially, he clashes with Bill, but soon they are forced into forming an alliance – albeit a tenuous one! Coker’s initial aim is to help as many people as possible, but it soon becomes a simple struggle for survival.”

So does Jason think that The Day Of The Triffids has something to say to us today?

“Absolutely,” he declares, without hesitation.

“This story is so enduring – you can apply it to any era. The political landscape of 1951 may no longer be relevant, but the abiding themes of the book still have great resonance. This story says that, if it is left unregulated, greed will bring us all down. As we were making this series, the world was disintegrating as the global economy collapsed. How’s that for topical?”

Jason reveals that he really enjoyed working in this country.

“I love filming in Britain,” he beams. “On The Day Of the Triffids, we shot in so many iconic locations around London. We were even allowed to film at the Gherkin, which doesn’t happen very often. That was so awesome!”

He continues: “This is the third project I’ve shot in the UK, and I always have a great time here. Whenever the opportunity comes up to work here, I take it. I feel a real connection with you guys. I’m from Canada and my wife is from St Albans, so I feel a great kinship with the Brits.”

Finally, the actor reckons that audiences will be scared out of their wits by the enemy confronting the last remaining humans in this drama.

“These Triffids are seriously mean! I hope viewers will be genuinely terrified by them – I know I was!”

Dougray Scott, Joely Richardson, Brian Cox, Vanessa Redgrave, Eddie Izzard and Jason Priestley star in The Day Of The Triffids, on BBC One this Christmas, written by Patrick Harbinson (ER, Law & Order).

This epic, fast-paced, futuristic, two-part drama is a co-production between Power and Canadian producer Prodigy Pictures for BBC One, and 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 must lead the brave in their epic battle against the Triffids’ reign of terror in what could be the last days of mankind.

The cast list includes Dougray Scott as Bill Masen, Joely Richardson as Jo Playton, Brian Cox as Dennis Masen, Vanessa Redgrave as Durrant, Eddie Izzard as Torrence and Jason Priestley as Coker.

The Day Of The Triffids is a Power production for BBC One. The executive producer is Justin Bodle (Power). Stephen Smallwood is the producer (Murphy’s Law) and the director is Nick Copus (The Summit, EastEnders). Further executive producers are Jay Firestone (Prodigy Pictures) and Eleanor Moran (BBC).

The Day Of The Triffids is also being simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC’s high definition channel available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.

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