Coming to the BBC in 2009...The Day Of The Triffids
BBC Drama and BBC One present a modern, gripping adaptation of the best selling post-apocalyptic novel The Day Of The Triffids.
The two-part 90-minute drama will be produced by Power to transmit in 2009.
Originally written in 1951 by the English science fiction author John Wyndham, The Day Of The Triffids will be adapted by Patrick Harbinson (ER, Law & Order), who will create a fast paced, futuristic and electrifying take on John Wyndham's most penetrating novel, creating an unmissable television event.
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.
Now, 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 frighteningly resurrect the creatures in glorious HD.
Julie Gardner, Head of Drama, BBC Wales, comments: "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."
Justin Bodle, Executive Producer, Power comments: "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."
The BBC has a rich history of adapting The Day Of The Triffids. The novel was adapted for radio in 1953, 1957 and 1968.
The 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.
The Day Of The Triffids is the latest new drama commission for 2009, following in the footsteps of Peter Bowker's Occupation and the first screen adaptation of Andrea Levy's novel Small Island for BBC One, and Joe Penhall's Moses Jones for BBC Two.
Commissioned by Jane Tranter, Controller, BBC Fiction, The Day Of The Triffids will film in London and the South East later this year. Casting will be announced at a later date.