Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials (often shortened simply as His Dark Materials) is a television series commissioned by the BBC as an adaptation of the eponymous trilogy of novels of the same name first aired on 3 November in the UK and on 4 November in the US. Philip Pullman is one of the executive producers of the series.[8] Jack Thorne wrote the screenplay.[20] It has been rated as TV-14 in America.[21]

Scholastic published Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass TV tie-in books on the 3rd October 2019 (in the UK)[22][23][24] and the 1st October in the US.[25]

The soundtrack for the series, The Musical Anthology of His Dark Materials, was released on the 3 November.[26] DVD and Blue-ray editions of the first series will be published in the UK on 27 January, 2020.[27][28] A Blu-ray steelbook will also be published on the same date.[29]


Lead rolesEdit




Jordan College staffEdit






Series 1Edit

# Episode name Directed by Written by Original airdate (UK) Original airdate (US)
1 Lyra's Jordan Tom Hooper Jack Thorne 3rd November 2019 4th November 2019
2 The Idea of North Tom Hooper Jack Thorne 10th November 2019 11th November 2019
3 The Spies Dawn Shadforth Jack Thorne 17th November 2019 18th November 2019
4 Armour Otto Bathurst Jack Thorne 24th November 2019 25th November 2019
5 The Lost Boy Otto Bathurst Jack Thorne 1st December 2019 2nd December 2019
6 The Daemon-Cages Euros Lyn Jack Thorne 8th December 2019 9th December 2019
7 The Fight to the Death Jamie Childs Jack Thorne 15th December 2019 16th December 2019
8 Betrayal Jamie Childs Jack Thorne 22nd December 2019 23rd December 2019

Series 2Edit

# Episode name Directed by Written by Original airdate (UK) Original airdate (US)
1 TBA Jamie Childs TBA TBA TBA
2 TBA Jamie Childs TBA TBA TBA
4 TBA Leanne Welham TBA TBA TBA
5 TBA William McGregor

& Anthony Byrne

7 TBA Jamie Childs TBA TBA TBA
8 TBA Jamie Childs TBA TBA TBA


Film adaptationEdit

After successes of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, the His Dark Materials books, which were published between 1995 and 2000, were optioned. This led to the development of the 2007 film, The Golden Compass. However, the film removed some of the key areas of the book, like references to religion and the Holy Church, which Chris Weitz (director of the film) blamed for the shortcomings. The Catholic Church called for a boycott, and New Line got spooked. Sam Elliott blamed the Church for forcing the cancellations of the sequels, while some believed poor reviews may have been the reason.


Philip Pullman, in his 2012 Mother Jones interview, was interested in giving His Dark Materials another shot, this time as a television series. The BBC, in November 2015, publicly announced plans to adapt the book series into a television series in association with Bad Wolf and HBO. Pullman was named the series' executive producer along with Deborah Forte.[8]


Pre-production was originally planned for autumn 2016, with the project announced in 2015, but casting was only in the process of finalisation in early 2018.[11]



S1 clapperboard

BBC S2 shooting

S2 clapperboard

The first series was filmed in mainly in the UK (Cardiff and Oxford) and the Arctic (although the cast never filmed in the Arctic).[11] On 14 December, 2018 it was announced via Twitter that the first series had wrapped.[31]

Cittàgazze set

Cittàgazze being built at Bad Wolf Studios

Series 2 began filming in June at various locations across the UK[32] although filming officially began during the week of the 29th July with filming going on for five months.[33]

A further series covering the adaptation of The Amber Spyglass has not been approved as of yet. Originally said to cover 5 series, it has been said that each book will only have one season.[34] Jane Tranter has said that a third series covering The Amber Spyglass might need even more than eight episodes although a third series hasn't been greenlit yet.[35]


The first two series are split into episodes of 8, with the second series in filming.[36] The first series showcases all the events of Northern Lights. Each episode lasts around an hour.[37]

The first episode aired on 3 November in the UK and 4 November in the US.[38] Dafne Keen's mother posted in August 2019 on Instagram (though now deleted) that the release would be on the 3 November although later replied saying that it had changed. The series aired (in the UK) exactly four years after the production for the show was planned.[39]

The show airs at 8pm GMT in the UK and 9pm ET in the US. The earlier UK time, rather than the typical 9pm for Sunday-night dramas, allows younger child the chance to watch it live.[40]

The show hosted a panel at San Diego Comic Con on July 18, 2019 where an Autumn 2019 release was announced and the official extended trailer was revealed.[41]

A preview of the show in London was premiered by the BFI on October 15.[42]


The first series, covering Northern Lights, also includes elements from later books.[43] Scenes from Once Upon a Time in the North are included and also a few elements from La Belle Sauvage.[44] In the first series, Marisa Coulter's character is explored further. The series shows how Marisa lives with her dæmon at home and also how they came to be able to separate.

The second series will cover the events of The Subtle Knife and the third series is expected to include all events from The Amber Spyglass.[44]



Lyra SilvertongueEdit

Marisa CoulterEdit

Lord AsrielEdit

Lee ScoresbyEdit

Other charactersEdit







Clips and featuresEdit


External linksEdit

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Independent - His Dark Materials TV adaptation adds director Tom Hooper, Logan's Dafne King, and Lin-Manuel Miranda
  2. IMDb - Dawn Shadforth
  3. IMDb - Otto Bathurst
  4. IMDb - Euros Lyn
  5. IMDb - Jamie Childs
  6. IMDb - William McGregor
  7. The Artists Partnership
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 BBC - BBC commissions adaptation of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials
  9. Independent Talent
  10. Troika
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Digital Spy - James McAvoy will play Lord Asriel in BBC One's His Dark Materials
  12. Deadline - ‘The Affair’ Star Ruth Wilson Signs Up To BBC Fantasy Drama ‘His Dark Materials’
  13. Twitter - Amir Wilson as Will Parry
  14. Twitter -Andrew Scott as John Parry
  15. Variety - Joe Tandberg as Iorek
  16. Cool Music Ltd
  17. The Hit House Twitter
  18. IMDb - Clare Batterton
  20. RadioTimes - His Dark Materials BBC TV series - is it still being made? Jack Thorne on the Philip Pullman adaptation
  21. His Dark Materials website HBO
  22. Northern Lights on Amazon
  23. The Subtle Knife on Amazon
  24. The Amber Spyglass on Amazon
  25. The Golden Compass on Amazon
  26. Film Music Reporter
  27. Blue-ray on Amazon
  28. DVD on Amazon
  29. Steelbook on Amazon
  30. Marisa Coulter's dæmon does not speak but Fisher provides his vocalisations. As lead puppeteer and CFX coordinator on the series, he also worked extensively with Ruth Wilson during filming to create the monkey's movements via puppet — Variety
  31. Twitter -
  32. His Dork Materials on Twitter
  33. The Knowledge Online
  34. Twitter - Dan McCullock
  35. [ Twitter]
  36. Den of Geek -
  37. Otto Bathurst on Youtube
  38. Twitter
  39. BBC His Dark Materials
  40. The Guardian
  41. His Dark Materials Twitter
  42. BFI
  43. TV Guide
  44. 44.0 44.1 Entertainment Weekly
His Dark Materials TV episodes
Series 1 Lyra's JordanThe Idea of NorthThe SpiesArmourThe Lost BoyThe Daemon-CagesThe Fight to the DeathBetrayal

His Dark Materials adaptations
Adaptations His Dark Materials radio playHis Dark Materials stage playHis Dark Materials TV seriesLa Belle Sauvage stage playThe Golden Compass filmNorthern Lights - The Graphic Novel
Music LyraThe Golden Compass soundtrackThe Musical Anthology of His Dark Materials
Games The Golden Compass board gameThe Golden Compass video game
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