More artistry in the special effects department: a two-part remake of John Wyndham's 1951 classic science-fiction novel The Day of the Triffids hits BBC One this evening at 9pm (CLICK). The concluding episode is at the same time tomorrow. What, you might well ask, is Eddie Izzard doing with a gun? I thought he was a stand-up comic. Oh well, this new BBC version can't be worse than the pig's ear director Steve Sekely made of the 1962 movie, with imported US star Howard Keel for a dash of box office appeal. I could never fathom why all those triffids wanted to invade a lighthouse! I suspect the film's low budget required it. The BBC trailer for today's fleshy feast of monstrous carnivorous plants promises higher production values. We'll see. For all you ever wanted to know about triffids, but were afraid to ask, click the title link.