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Redgraves join Scott for Day Of The Triffids remake

Vanessa Redgrave

Story by Jack Foley

VANESSA Redgrave (pictured) and her daughter Joely Richardson are to join Scottish actor Dougray Scott for the BBC’s new version of John Wyndham’s sci-fi classic The Day Of The Triffids.

Scott will play hero Dr Bill Masen and will be joined in the star-studded remake by a top drawer cast that further includes Eddie Izzard, Brian Cox and former Beverly Hills 90210 heart-throb Jason Priestley.

The two-part drama is due to complete filming in April 2009 with a view to being screened on BBC1 later this year.

The last TV adaptation of the acclaimed novel was shown in 1981, with John Duttine playing Dr Masen.

This latest incarnation will be set in 2011, and will find millions of people blinded when they observe a meteor shower, prompting a breakdown in civilization. The Triffids will be an oil-producing plant crop that escape captivity and attack people.

The updated screenplay has been adapted by Patrick Harbinson, who wrote for long-running US medical drama ER.

Justin Bodle, executive producer of The Day Of The Triffis, said: “We are enormously excited to have secured this stellar cast… Together with its amazing effects and iconic locations, it will deliver the drama mini-series event of 2009.”