Friday, 8 October 2010

The Day of the Triffids

The BBC produced a wonderfully eerie version of John Wyndham's novel The Day of the Triffids in 1981. Despite the limited special effects budget, the triffids are far more menacing than those in last year's awful BBC remake.

The 1981 version also nicely updates the social and political themes in Wyndham's novel to reflect the class polarisation of the early years of Thatcherism, a nuance that was needless to say lost in the more recent version.

The whole series is available on DVD but the BBC has also released it free-of-charge on its YouTube channel. Click the image below to watch it or go to


  1. brilliant series, remember it well

  2. Thanks for the YouTube tip @Bat020. Watched it all again last night. Particularly liked the strictly RADA "posh tottie" Emma Relph and the Ligetti 'n' lazers titles.