Tuesday, December 21, 2010 - 11:43

A new Power/Prodigy production for BBC One of the sci-fi classic The Day of the Triffids was partly filmed at the Eden Project earlier this year

The adaptation of the seminal John Wyndham novel, which boasts an all-star cast including Joely Richardson, Brian Cox, Vanessa Redgrave, Eddie Izzard and Dougray Scott, used Eden as a stand-in for the Congolese jungle.

The scenes shot at in the project’s Rainforest Biome are flashbacks of the young Bill Masen’s first encounter with the deadly triffids.

As well as being a filming location, Eden also served as inspiration for production designer Joel Collins, whose previous credits include The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Son of Rambow. When designing the triffid itself in March last year, Joel came to Eden looking for inspiration and found it in the sinister visage of one of the project’s plants.

Susan Hill, Eden’s Marketing Director, said: “We’re really looking forward to what promises to be a great piece of sci-fi action and to see how the Eden Project jungle handles one of its most high-profile roles to date. With the biggest tract of rainforest outside the tropics, Eden was the natural choice for the producers and we enjoyed hosting a ‘triffidly’ exciting day of filming.”

The Day of the Triffids will be broadcast on BBC One on December 28 and 29 2009 at 9pm.