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First published in 1951, John Wyndham's classic novel of man's struggle in a besieged world became a classic, and is dramatized by Giles Cooper in this classic 1968 Full Cast BBC Classic Radio Sci-Fi audio theater recording. This six-part adaptation stars Gary Watson, Barbara Shelley, and Peter Sallis, with appearances from Doctor Who names Peter Pratt, Christopher Bidmead, and David Brierley. [This CD also includes a detailed sleeve note written by Andrew Pixley - recounting the making of the radio serialization.]
The Day of the Triffids is perhaps the most famous catastrophe novel of the twentieth century, and its startling imagery of desolate streets and lurching, lethal plant life retains its power to haunt today. Divided by blindness and societal breakdown, humanity is at the mercy of the carnivorous Triffids.
Bill Masen wakes in his hospital bed, eyes bandaged. Something is wrong: it's unusually quiet, and no one has come to his room. When he removes his bandages, he finds a world that has changed utterly. Most of the population are completely blind - only those who didn't watch the night sky can still see.
And as law and order break down, a new menace appears - triffids, walking carnivorous plants that can kill a human with their lethal sting. For Bill and the other survivors, it's now a battle to stay alive.
Gary Watson stars as Bill, with Barbara Shelley as Josella in these six stirring episodes. Also among the cast are Peter Sallis, Marjorie Westbury (Steve in the Paul Temple radio series) and some names familiar to Doctor Who aficionados: Peter Pratt, Christopher Bidmead, and David Brierley.
Cast & Credits:
Bill Masen: Gary Watson / Josella Playton: Barbara Shelley / Coker: Peter Sallis / Elspeth Cary, Mary: Freda Dowie / The Managing Director: Ralph Truman / Umberto Palanguez, Hawker: Garard Green / Bill as a boy, Mac, Second Man (ep.3): Michael Deacon / Mr. Masen: Peter Pratt / Walter Lucknor: Peter Baldwin / Nurse, Lucy: Jan Edwards / Commentator, Stephen Brennell: John Pullen / House Surgeon: Rolf Lefebvre / Publican, Torrence: Haydn Jones / Young Man: Christopher Bidmead / Child, Miss Durrant: Hilda Kriseman / Mother: Pauline Letts / Blind Man: John Wyse / Second Man (ep. 2), Archer: Anthony Jackson / Michael Beadley: Michael McClain / Ivan Simpson: Nigel Graham / Miss Berr: Marjorie Westbury / Alf, First Man (ep. 3): James McManus / Vorless: Victor Lucas / Woman, Girl: Ann Murray / Vera: Rosalind Shanks / Susan: Jill Cary / Dennis: David Brierley / Joyce: Margaret Roberston / First Man (ep. 6): Alexander John / Second Man (ep. 6): Leonard Fenton / Announcer: Colin Doran / Theme music by David Cain, BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Written by John Wyndham; Dramatized by Giles Cooper; Produced by John Powell; First broadcast by BBC Radio 4 on June 20, 1968; Last broadcast by BBC Radio 4 on July 25, 1968; Number of episodes: six
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THE DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS
A truly scary classic of a world at war with incomprehensible forces. A must read book and, a must see movie.
--Fred Dodnick, Vice President, Director of Trade ProductionFrom the Inside Flap:
In 1951 John Wyndham published his novel "The Day of the Triffids to moderate acclaim. Fifty-two years later, this horrifying story is a science fiction classic, touted by "The Times (London) as having "all the reality of a vividly realized nightmare."
Bill Masen, bandages over his wounded eyes, misses the most spectacular meteorite shower England has ever seen. Removing his bandages the next morning, he finds masses of sightless people wandering the city. He soon meets Josella, another lucky person who has retained her sight, and together they leave the city, aware that the safe, familiar world they knew a mere twenty-four hours before is gone forever.
But to survive in this post-apocalyptic world, one must survive the Triffids, strange plants that years before began appearing all over the world. The Triffids can grow to over seven feet tall, pull their roots from the ground to walk, and kill a man with one quick lash of their poisonous stingers. With society in shambles, they are now poised to prey on humankind. Wyndham chillingly anticipates bio-warfare and mass destruction, fifty years before their realization, in this prescient account of Cold War paranoia.
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