Chiswick Actors Set For Day of The Triffids Remake

Vanessa Redgrave and Dougray Scott to star in BBC version of sci-fi classic

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Chiswick residents Vanessa Redgrave and Dougray Scott are set to join an all star cast for BBC’s remake of the sc-fi classic Day of The Triffids.

They will be joined by Redgrave’s daughter Joley Richardson as well as Eddie Izzard, Brian Cox and Jason Priestley.

Filming for the two-part drama finishes in April, and it will be screened on BBC One later this year.

The last TV production of the John Wyndham story was shown in 1981.

The new production will be shown in High Definition for the first time and has been adapted by screenwriter Patrick Harbinson, who wrote for US medical drama ER.

Set in 2011, millions of people are blinded when they observe a meteor shower, leading to a breakdown in civilisation.

The Triffids, an oil-producing plant crop, escape captivity and begin to breed rapidly and attack people.

It is up to Dougray Scott, or Dr Bill Masen, to fight against them to prevent the end of humankind. His role was played by John Duttine in the eighties version.

February 13, 2009