John Wyndham's "Day of the Triffids" is one of my favourite books and I had no idea that the BBC had made this serial back in 1981. How was it possible to miss it entirely? Goodness knows. But now I can say that this DVD is the best thing I've seen this year. The book is followed near enough to the letter, with very few serious alterations and gaps. The BBC has been sitting on a treasure. It's so very much better than the 1960s film version, which was hardly recognisable as Wyndham's tale of humanity struck down by its own scientific and technological ingenuity - 'hoist with its own petard', almost literally.
I would have no hesitation in recommending this exceptional television serialisation to fans of the original story. The book has been treated with enormous respect and it's hard to imagine what they could have done to make it any better. The storyline, the script, the acting, the music (amazingly atmospheric music), the cinematography, the triffids - the whole thing - is practically flawless.
Makes you wonder what other unimagined riches the BBC is hiding away, neglected and forgotten in its archives.