Series 2 of His Dark Materials is the second series in the TV series. It was commissioned in 2018 by the BBC before Series 1 had aired. It will contain 7 episodes and will be released in the UK by the BBC on 8 November and by HBO internationally from 16 November 2020, in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unlike Series 1, which contained 8 episodes, one standalone episode based on Lord Asriel did not get filmed before TV production was shut down due to the pandemic and thus will not air.
Plot[edit | edit source]
The second series will follow the events of The Subtle Knife.
Filming[edit | edit source]
Series 2 began filming in June 2019 at various locations across the UK although filming officially began during the week of the 29 July with filming going on for five months until just before Christmas. However, they finished only seven episodes and were halfway through the eighth before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Post-production went on through the pandemic meaning the series was able to be broadcast in the Autumn.
Eighth episode[edit | edit source]
Although, like the first series, eight episodes were originally commissioned, only seven episodes will be broadcast. This is due to one standalone episode, based on Lord Asriel and what he does between Northern Lights and The Amber Spyglass as he does not appear in The Subtle Knife, not being completed before TV production was halted in the UK due to the COVID-19 pandemic (unlike the main seven episodes, which were filmed in 2019, this standalone episode began filming in March 2020), this news was announced at the San Diego Comic Con panel. This episode, written by Jack Thorne (with input from Philip Pullman), was due to be broadcast mid-way through the series.
Jack Thorne has not ruled out the possibility of it being returned to and aired in advance of a possible Series 3, he has said it is 'complicated' but would love to do it.
Trailers[edit | edit source]
On 9 July 2020 (the 25th anniversary of the original publication of Northern Lights), it was announced that (like the previous year) His Dark Materials would host a panel at Comic Con's virtual event (due to the COVID-19 pandemic). This aired on 23 July and contained the first full trailer for the series along with an interview with cast and crew and a Twitter Q&A shortly afterwards.
On 28th August, two trailers were released similtaneously: one by the BBC (which announced it would be aired in November) and the other by HBO. On 15th October (the same day as Serpentine was released), a fourth 'official' trailer was published by HBO. On 24th October, the BBC published a fifth trailer and featurette.
Release[edit | edit source]
Just after Betrayal, the final episode of Series 1, aired on BBC One, the continuity announcer stated the second series would be released in 2020. At the Comic Con panel, it was confirmed that the show would air in Autumn 2020. On the second, BBC-exclusive trailer, it was revealed that the show would be aired in November. A preview of the first episode will be shown at BFI Southbank on 2 November. On 12 October, it was confirmed that the release date would be 16 November in the US. On 24 October, it was announced that the UK release date would be 8 November (8 days before the US, unlike in Series 1 where it was merely 1 day).
|1||The City of Magpies||8 November 2020|
|2||The Cave||15 November 2020|
|3||Theft||22 November 2020|
|4||Tower Of The Angels||29 December 2020|
|5||The Scholar||6 December 2020|
|6||Malice||13 December 2020|
|7||Æsahættr||20 December 2020|