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A serial for broadcasting in six parts by Giles Cooper from the novel by John Wyndham
4-'Dead End' with members of the BBC Drama Repertory Company
Produced by Peter Watts
After the mysterious flashes in the sky that blinded all but a handful of humanity, a few sighted people manage to get together in the London University building to try to reorganise what remains of civilisation. In the night, however, the agitator Coker manages to kidnap several sighted members, including Bill and Josella. They are each chained to separate gangs of blind folk and sent out to forage and loot chops for food. But with the number of corpses about in the streets the situation is becoming serious and plague has already broken out.
The triffids, too, the mobile poisonous plants formerly cultivated for their oil, have seized the chance to break out of their enclosures and are adding to the general chaos.


Unknown: Giles Cooper
Novel By: John Wyndham
Produced By: Peter Watts
Bill Masen: Patrick Barr
Alf: Charles Leno
Mac: Harry Towb
Lucy: Beryl Calder
A woman: Joan Sanderson
Coker: Malcolm Hayes
Miss Durrant: Molly Lumley
Stephen Brennell: Alan Edwards
Sid: William Eedle
Vera: June Tobin

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Light Programme, 23 October 1957 20.00

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