7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
An excellent adaptation.,
This review is from: The Day of the Triffids (Classic Radio Sci-Fi) (Audio CD)
I was raised listening to the dramatizations of plays and novels broadcast on Radio 4, and so I can spot a good one when I hear it - and `The Day Of The Triffids' is definitely one of those. You can head over to the reviews of the book if you want a critique of the story, so I'm going to focus on the more technical aspects of the radio play itself.
I've always been a fan of the book, and you'll be pleased to know that this adaptation stays almost entirely faithful. The only changes made are those which make it easier for the progression of the story as a play, rather than a book, and hardly any incidents have been omitted - a few have been mixed up, maybe, but nothing has been annoyingly changed, and that's saying a lot for most dramatizations of novels.
The casting is perfect: Peter Sallis captures Bill Masen perfectly, and the rest of the cast are just as good. The one fault with the voice-acting is that no children were employed - thus Susan is voiced by an adult woman pretending to be a child, and this can grate sometimes (as a result, one star has been deducted from the rating).
`The Day Of The Triffids' has always been described as a "cosy catastrophe", and indeed I can think of worse things happening to the world than a generation of humans being blinded - but this version manages to make the disaster believable, and some moments become particularly creepy when they cannot be seen (a glimpse of the streets at night, in the second episode, should not be listened to in the dark!). The problem of the triffids is also solved, since in film and television they often seem painfully fake.
Don't even bother with the films made of this book - stick with the radio adaptation, and it will bring the characters to life in a way that not even the old television series could do. I would heartily recommend this CD set for anyone who enjoys science fiction, and/or enjoys radio plays.