Day of the Triffids, The

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1. BBC Radio dramatization (1957) of The Day of the Triffids (6 January-3 February 1951 Collier's Weekly; as "Revolt of the Triffids"; 1951; rev 1951; orig version vt Revolt of the Triffids 1952) by John Wyndham.

2. Film (1963). Security Pictures/Allied Artists. Directed by Steve Sekely (uncredited), Freddie Francis. Written by Philip Yordan, based on The Day of the Triffids as above by John Wyndham. Cast includes Howard Keel, Nicole Maurey, Kieron Moore and Janette Scott. 94 minutes. Colour.

This unsuccessful version of a good novel had a moderately generous budget, but no sense whatever of how sf works. Thus there is plenty of preaching, lots of florid love interest, but only intermittent attention paid to the basic situation, which, while silly, should have been interesting: most of England's population blinded by light from a meteor shower, and a small group, still able to see, trying to cope with attacks from lethal seven-foot (2.1 metres) mobile vegetables. The Triffids are more absurd than frightening.

3. UK tv serial (1981). BBC. Directed by Ken Hannam, adapted from Wyndham's novel by Douglas Livingstone. Cast includes John Duttine and Emma Relph. Six 30-minute episodes (aired outside the UK as a two-part miniseries). Colour. This was a low-key but successful dramatization of the story, much better than the film. [JB/PN]

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