Eddie Izzard hates plants, especially Triffids

Okay, even I find that title bizarre, and I am writing the article.

BBC has produced a new version of the 60’s movie and 80’s TV show, Day of the Triffids. It will air on the BBC December 28th and 29th as a two-day event, each part 90 min in length.

Synopsis provided by wikipedia:
“The protagonist is Bill Masen, an Englishman who has made his living working with “Triffids,” plants capable of aggressive and seemingly intelligent behaviour: they are able to move about on their three “legs”, appear to communicate with each other and possess a deadly whip-like poisonous sting that enables them to kill and feed on the rotting carcasses of their victims. The book implies they were bioengineered in the Soviet Union and then accidentally released into the wild when a plane carrying their seeds is shot down. Triffids begin sprouting all over the world, and their extracts prove to be superior to existing vegetable oils. The result is worldwide cultivation of Triffids.”

The original movie is as campy as you might expect from a crazed plant monster 60’s film. And the 80’s TV show is as crappy as you might expect from most 80’s sci-fi no-budget BBC features. But this one has got my attention.

Written by Patrick Harbinson, formerly of ER and Law & Order fame, it stars Dougray Scott, Joely Richardson, Brian Cox, Vanessa Redgrave, Eddie Izzard and Jason Priestly. It’s a good pedigree that they can still screw up if they try, but here’s to hoping for the best. I just can’t wait to see Eddie chasing after man-eating plants…HA!

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