His Dark Materials (TV series)

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His Dark Materials
Based onHis Dark Materials
by Philip Pullman
Written byJack Thorne
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Laurie Borg
CinematographyJustin Brown
  • Niven Howie
  • Nick Arthurs
  • Dan Roberts
  • Chris Gill
  • David Fisher
Production company(s)
Original network
External links
Production website

His Dark Materials is an upcoming but unaired 2019 British fantasy adventure series based on the novel series of the same name by Philip Pullman. It is being produced by New Line Cinema and Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner of Bad Wolf for BBC One and HBO, with the latter handling international distribution.[1] Before airing, the show was renewed for a second series of eight episodes.[2]

On 27 July 2018, BBC and Bad Wolf revealed the cast and crew for the series.[3]




The three His Dark Materials novels, written by Philip Pullman from 1995 to 2000, achieved success in young adult fiction, leading to the development of a 2007 feature film, The Golden Compass. The film received criticism from fans of the trilogy for the dilution of elements of the story which were critical of religion, as well as from some religious organizations for the source material's anti-religious themes. When the film was released, sequels which would adapt the other novels in the series became unlikely due to the backlash from religious groups and the film's box office failure, according to Pullman.[citation needed]

The rights reverted back to Pullman in the following years of inactive development. At that time, Pullman was swayed by a notion of giving it another shot, and with the onset of fantasy TV adaptations, believed this was a better method of presenting the series. In November 2015, BBC One announced that it had commissioned a television adaptation of His Dark Materials, to be produced by Bad Wolf and New Line Cinema.[4] The eight-part adaptation had a planned premiere date in 2017, however in April 2017, writer Jack Thorne said to Radio Times that the series was still in pre-production. He said, "It's at an exciting point where we're just throwing things at the page and trying to work out what works and what doesn't," and that he wanted to ensure that they were being loyal to the books.[5]

On 8 March 2018, it was announced that Dafne Keen had signed on to star in the series to play Lyra with director Tom Hooper signed on to direct. Lin-Manuel Miranda would star as Lee Scoresby.[6] On 8 June 2018, it was reported that James McAvoy, Clarke Peters, and Ruth Wilson had joined the cast.[7][8] On 10 October 2018, Miranda reported that he had wrapped up filming for his role.[9] On 14 December 2018, it was announced on Twitter that filming for the first series had wrapped.[10] On 24 February 2019, it was confirmed the show would "premiere later this year."[11]


  1. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; White, Peter (12 September 2018). "HBO Boards 'His Dark Materials' BBC Series Based On Philip Pullman's Books".
  2. ^ White, Peter (11 September 2018). "BBC Doubles Order Of Philip Pullman Fantasy Adaptation 'His Dark Materials'".
  3. ^ "BBC and Bad Wolf unveil cast and creative team of His Dark Materials". BBC Media Centre. 27 July 2018. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  4. ^ "BBC One commissions adaptation of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials". BBC. 3 November 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  5. ^ Fullerton, Huw (18 April 2017). "Jack Thorne opens up about His Dark Materials TV Series". RadioTimes. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  6. ^ White, Peter; Wiseman, Andreas (8 March 2018). "'The King's Speech' Director Tom Hooper & 'Logan' Star Dafne Keen Sign Up For 'His Dark Materials' Adaptation". Deadline. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  7. ^ White, Peter (8 June 2018). "James McAvoy & Clarke Peters Sign Up To BBC One Fantasy Drama 'His Dark Materials'". Deadline. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  8. ^ White, Peter (8 June 2018). "'The Affair' Star Ruth Wilson Signs Up To BBC Fantasy Drama 'His Dark Materials'". Deadline. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  9. ^ @Lin_Manuel (10 October 2018). "Rachel, I JUST wrapped on His Dark Materials, I could have used you!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  10. ^ @darkmaterials (14 December 2018). ""So Lyra and her daemon turned away from the world they were born in, and looked towards the sun, and walked into the sky."" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  11. ^ Davies, Megan (2019-02-24). "His Dark Materials drops a first-look teaser for epic new series". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2019-02-24.

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