Part Two TX: 17/09/81
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The story was dramatized for BBC radio in 1957 with Patrick Barr as Bill Masen and Monica Grey as Josella. People may remember her as Paula Quatermass in the 1955 BBC serial Quatermass II. In 1963 Allied Artists Pictures released the film version of The Day of the Triffids starring Howard Keel. I have not seen the film but from everything I read makes it sounds like one of the usual 1950s sci-fi films/alien invasion type films. In 1968 another BBC radio adaptation is broadcast this time with Gary Watson as Bill Masen and Hammer favourite Barbara Shelly as Josella. This is a great piece of radio. I don’t know if the 1957 version exists but this version appears to be identical to it.
Finally, as mentioned at the top of this article, Bill Cotton who was controller of BBC 1 wanted to adapt this story for television and called upon veteran Producer David Maloney to produce it. Maloney was at the end of his run on Blake’s 7. The series was coming to an end at the end of Series 3 and Maloney was ready to take on this challenge but a couple of things happened. Blake’s 7 did not end its run with Series 3 is was given the go ahead for a fourth series. Maloney was no longer interested in producing Blake’s 7 but Cotton wanted to hold off production of The Day of the Triffids because he wanted to procure more money. He was able to get financing from the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) and the US cable network RCTV. RCTV intrigued me as I have never heard of it before. To be able to throw funding at this production, RCTV had to be in the same league a Showtime, HBO or even Spectrum. Anyone remember Spectrum?
Douglas Livingstone wrote the screenplay and Ken Hannam directed it. Originally, before the series was pushed back, Peter Cregeen who directed series such as Out of the Unknown, The Onedin Line, Colditz, Wings, and The Sandbaggers.
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