BBC One is to remake a star-studded version of the sci-fi classic The Day of the Triffids.

Dougray Scott, Joely Richardson and Eddie Izzard will appear in the apocalyptic two-part drama due for transmission later this year.

Based on John Wyndham’s best-selling novel, the story follows a battle for survival between a blinded human race, a few sighted survivors and the flesh-eating Triffids.

Written by Patrick Harbinson – the man behind ER and Law & Order – the series will also star Brian Cox, Vanessa Redgrave and Jason Priestley.

Dougray Scott, who appeared in Desperate Housewives as Teri Hatcher’s love interest, stars as Dr Bill Mason, the brave leader, played by John Duttine in the 1981 TV series.

Justin Bodle, the executive producer, said: “We are enormously excited to have secured this stellar cast for The Day of the Triffids. Together with amazing effects and iconic locations, we will deliver the drama mini series event of 2009.”

Filming has begun in the south-east of England and is due to finish in April.

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