The Day Of The Triffids

First, a list of names: Dougray Scott, Joely Richardson, Brian Cox, Vanessa Redgrave, Eddie Izzard and Jason Priestley.

Posh names, huh? Well, they’re all going to star in The Day Of The Triffids on BBC One this Christmas, written by Patrick Harbinson (of ER, Law & Order).

That’s exactly what we need over Yuletide isn’t it? A nice cheery look at plants that want to kill us all dead. This plays into a repressed fear of mine that one day, grass will become sentient and, just when you’re nice and relaxed with a loved one, rolling around in park on a hot summer day, the grass will suddenly stiffen, grow upward and envelope you, suffocating you in horrific greens… into your mouth and up through your sinuses and erupting through your eye-sockets… bugs, worms, dog turds and all.

Merry humbug.

Anyway, this new show is dubbed as ‘epic, fast-paced, futuristic’ and will be shown as a two-parter. Of course, it’s based on John Wyndham’s best-selling post-apocalyptic novel, The Day Of The Triffids, which was published in 1951.

For those that haven’t read it, the gist is this: 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 taste for human flesh. They begin breeding. The survivors are left shit-scared and fighting off these horrible things.

It should be a fun viewing experience. Unless you live in a greenhouse.

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