56% said Yes

44% said No

NO A revival of the best-known British sci-fi novel is long overdue - who under 30 sees a “heavy plant crossing” sign and dreams of rampaging carnivorous vegetation these days? Reinterpreting classic works reinvigorates our culture, but as it's sci-fi commentators get all sniffy. Get over it!

The BBC and Power should be praised for wrestling the rights away from Americans planning some dumb-ass Hollywood blockbuster version. The famous title brings in proper international money, viewers get big-screen production values for free and children learn to fear plant life again. Everybody wins.
Damien Timmer, joint managing director, Mammoth Screen


NO With a remake, the vital question is whether the story is still relevant. John Wyndham's The Day of the Triffids is a great, thrilling title and, in his new adaptation, Patrick Harbinson takes those thrills and puts them in a modern-futuristic setting. In a drama where there are murderous plants striding the planet, where man is pitted against nature, why would this title ever not be ready for retelling? I believe it's what TV was made for. Of course it's relevant. Great stories always are.
Julie Gardner, head of drama, BBC Wales and executive producer of The Day of the Triffids


NO As long as it's an iconic title and hasn't been done for a while then it's worth revisiting. It's a cliché but it's true that you can genuinely reinvent a classic novel for a modern audience which hasn't seen the original. And, with advances in CGI, a new version can deliver in an entirely fresh and exciting way. We have to be careful that we don't fall back on remakes at the expense of new ideas but as long as there's a balance then reinventions like The Day of the Triffids or a television classic like The Prisoner absolutely earn their place in the mix.
Laura Mackie director, drama commissioning, ITV


NO I think that this is a fantastic idea. It's a brilliant story ready to be reviewed with fresh eyes - along with up-to-date production values. There is a real pleasure in seeing classic stories retold and it's important to include modern classics in this as well as the 19th-century greats.

If you get it right you'll attract the older audience who grew up with the book and bring a whole new audience to the work. And that can't be bad, can it?
Johnathan Young, head of drama, Talkback Thames and executive producer of The Bill and Minder