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‘A precarious existence’
Science fiction television adaptations of the 1980s
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This chapter explores two of the shorter and less successful series, based on novels, that were produced in the Thatcher era – The Day of the Triffids (1981) and The Tripods (1984–85) – and assesses how each of them is responding to the Thatcherite landscape, both artistically and in terms of the new economic restrictions: the tighter budgets with which to make television. The chapter shows that The Day of the Triffids provides a kind of template for characteristics that would become front and centre in the Thatcher era – self-interest, Machiavellian behaviour, cynicism – but also remains quite faithful to the source material. The Tripods presents more of an engagement with the neoliberal tropes of the Thatcher era, updating and inventing many of its characters and scenarios to reflect this new environment.

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Time Lords and Star Cops

British science fiction television in the 1970s–1980s


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