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An outstanding adaptation of an outstanding novel,
This review is from: Day of the Triffids [DVD]  (DVD)
The BBC's 1981 adaptation of John Wyndham's marvellous sci fi novel is one of the best dramatizations ever made, certainly the best adaptation of a science fiction novel. Updating it to the (then) present day was a wise move but such is the timelessness of Wyndham's novel that the changes are minimal. There's a real sense of foreboding about the serial, the first episode in particular sets up the apocalyptic scenario brilliantly with a palpable sense of unease and hidden menace. An eerie, oppressive atmosphere runs throughout the whole story, with the Triffids a constant threat lurking in the background. The plants themselves are fairly effective, although somewhat cumbersome. However, clever editing and scary sound effects make them seem alot more threatening. The acting is first rate with John Duttine being superb in the lead role. The programme has aged pretty well and has a good pace to it, holding the attention from start to finish and leaves a strong impression at the end. Highly recommended.