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BBC One to remake The Day Of The Triffids

27/11/2008. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Originally written in 1951 by science fiction author John Wyndham, The Day Of The Triffids will be adapted by Patrick Harbinson (of ER, and Law and Order fame), who will reboot John Wyndham's scifi novel for television. The two part 90-minute drama will be produced by Power and hit our TV screens in 2009.

The year is 2011 and man has finally depleted the world's fossil fuel supply. In the hunt for alternative sources they uncover the ominous Triffid, a crop now cultivated for its fuel that seems to have a life of its own. When spectators gather globally for a much anticipated solar storm billions of awestruck victims are left blinded in its wake.

As the few sighted survivors watch as society falls to lawlessness, the Triffids find their way out of captivity. Roaming the planet with a fatal sting and a retributive taste for human flesh, the Triffids begin to breed rapidly. Dr Bill Masen must lead the brave in their epic battle against the Triffids' reign of terror, while avoiding the maniacal opportunism of other sighted survivors, to prevent these being the last days of mankind.

The executive producers are Power's Justin Bodle and Julie Gardner, Head of Drama, BBC Wales, for the BBC. Produced by Stephen Smallwood (Murphy's Law) and directed by Nick Copus (EastEnders, The Summit), The Day Of The Triffids will resurrect the creatures in HD.

Justin Bodle at Power said, "This is an enormously exciting project for us. Armed with a fantastic contemporary and highly topical script, based on Wyndham's cult classic, we look forward to delivering a major drama event for a 21st century audience."

Julie Gardner, Head of Drama, BBC Wales, told, "The Day Of The Triffids is a classic title. I'm excited that its powerful story is being remade for television. We're hoping to attract a legion of fans as well as give nightmares to a new generation of viewers."

The novel was adapted for BBC radio in 1953, 1957 and 1968. A BBC television production followed in 1981 starring John Duttine as Bill Masen, which was repeated on BBC Four in 2006 and 2007. In 2001 writer Lance Dann adapted the series in two hour-long episodes for the BBC World Service.

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