Hot on the heels of Andrew Scott’s Hamlet, 2018 will also see the BBC air another classic adaptation, this time a remake of Alfred Hithcock’s 1963 film, The Birds…

Hitchcock’s film is one of his finest horror movies, last year deservingly deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the United States’ Library of Congress, and selected for preservation in its National Film Registry.

The Anglo-American co-production will more closely resemble Daphne DuMaurier’s novella, relocating the action from post-war Bodega Bay, California back to its original Cornwall setting – just down the road from Jamaica Inn and Mandalay.

No word on who will take Tippi Hedren’s role as Melanie Daniels – the beautiful, young socialite who follows her farmhand boyfriend to a small, odd rural community.


I’m the first to defend old moviemaking techniques and the visual FX Hitch employed in The Birds must have been mind-blowing at the time, but they haven’t aged well so this is the component I’m most looking forward to seeing.

I’m just happy that Transformers director, Michael Bay never got to make the version he mooted a few years back as the birds would probably have shat laser beams.

Writing duties fall to Irish playwright Conor McPherson, who wrote the films The Eclipse and The Actors and adapted DuMaurier’s novella as a stage play in 2009.

Heyday Television, the joint venture of feature producer David Heyman (Harry Potter, Gravity) and NBC Universal sharing responsibilities.

The Birds will be terrorizing your town in 2018 or 2019.