That was a great listen - thanks so much for making it (and thanks for going through all my questions!). It would be great to hear your points on TSC, @Musical33 when you've finished with it. Here's a few points I picked up on:
I read an interview with a prop designer on the show who said the alethiometer was square so it looked like something special and not like a compass (not sure it entirely worked...)
Most of the violence was cut out due to the show wanting to be aired before the watershed on the BBC although a little more bear fighting would've been so much nicer
I think perhaps they could be some influence from TSC - Pullman had finished writing it when LBS was published so he probably shared a few things with Jack Thorne
Although they didn't show the canal thing (oh, that would have been great) there was a reference to it in a postcard above Lyra's bed:
Already loving revisiting some of the best parts (shame there's not any behind the scenes stuff besides a few videos that were released on Youtube)! No, I don't think it is (and it's definitely Region 2 so it probably wouldn't swork if imported) - maybe HBO will do one at some point...though I think it will be available for quite a long time on their streaming service, it's only on BBC iPlayer until June!
The Secret Commonwealth's a sequel (Lyra is 20 in it). Although, you'll probably want to read La Belle Sauvage (a prequel set when Lyra is 6 months old) and Lyra's Oxford (set when Lyra is 16) as various characters/events in the book come from those two!
Yeah...Jack Thorne talked about some of the bear fight issues: apparantly the armour wasn't used because the bears without it looked better when they were doing the vfx. And the jaw part - the show was trying extremely hard to be suitable for children so even though they aired it at 9 in the UK, they had to remove that part. Not my favourite episode but I did enjoy parts of it - it certainly wasn't perfect.
Yeah...the show definitely showed the two could separate (although I was hoping they would include a reason why as some of the cast/crew stated before). However, intercision was something not done well at Bolvangar and I don't think it could be done much better at other places - Mrs Coulter isn't like one of the nurses or children at the Station, she can think and command.
She acts more like a witch after separation (or Lyra) - I wouldn't be surprised if, as a child/young adult, she went into a region her monkey couldn't go (like the land of the dead or the place witches go to separate) and they both went through it - perhaps willingly or perhaps not and the monkey continued to hate her. Easily the most intriguing character in the book.