8:30pm Wednesday, January 27 on TV2

Dougray Scott (Mission Impossible II) and Joely Richardson (Nip/Tuck) star in TV2’s big-budget mini-series, about a terrifying species of carnivorous plant that comes to life, in The Day Of The Triffids.

Scientist Bill Masen (Scott) is the world’s foremost authority on an extraordinary plant species known as Triffids. Genetically modified, the plants are mass-produced for their ‘triffoil’, a vital source of renewable fuel. However, Bill has also noticed an unnerving change in their behavioural patterns – the Triffids are starting to communicate.

After a freak electrical storm blinds most of the population of the planet, Masen meets Jo Playton (Richardson) in London, and they battle through the streets of panicked, blind mobs in a city that has descended into chaos.

But a more chilling discovery soon comes to light. The Triffids have escaped from the farms and are making their way towards Britain’s towns, where they can find the most abundant food-source – mankind.

Dougray Scott says he was attracted to the project by the human stories that underpin the action sequences.

The actor describes the mini-series as, “a wonderful post-apocalyptic tale” about how people deal with a tragic event differently. When his character encounters the power-hungry Torrence (Eddie Izzard, The Riches), who has installed himself as commander of an army of the blind, Masen quickly realises that he is laying the foundations of a tyrannical dictatorship.

Scott believes the show is centred on the battle between those who have a fascist method to rebuilding the fallen society, and others who “have a more humane approach.”

Masen and Playton’s struggle for survival underpins this difference. “To me, it’s a tale of two ordinary people coming together in extraordinary circumstances.”

The impressive series boasts an all-star cast that also includes Jason Priestley (Colditz), Brian Cox (The Bourne Supremacy), and Vanessa Redgrave (Atonement).