Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials (often shortened simply as His Dark Materials) is an upcoming television series commissioned by the BBC as a second adaptation of the eponymous trilogy of novels of the same name to air on 3 November in the UK and 4 November in the US. Philip Pullman will be one of the executive producers of the series.[7] Jack Thorne will be writing the screenplay.[19] It has been rated as TV-14 in America.[20]

Scholastic have announced Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass TV tie-in books to be published on the 3rd October 2019 (in the UK)[21][22][23] and the 1st October in the US.[24] Penguin UK have announced a TV tie-in book for La Belle Sauvage coming 26th September 2019.[25]


Lead rolesEdit




Jordan College staffEdit






Series 1Edit

# Episode name Directed by Story by Teleplay by Original airdate (UK) Original airdate (US)
1 Roger[27] Tom Hooper Jack Thorne 3rd November 2019 4th November 2019
2 TBA Tom Hooper Jack Thorne 10th November 2019 11th November 2019
3 TBA Dawn Shadforth Jack Thorne 17th November 2019 18th November 2019
4 TBA Otto Bathurst Jack Thorne 24th November 2019 25th November 2019
5 TBA Otto Bathurst Jack Thorne 1st December 2019 2nd December 2019
6 TBA Euros Lyn Jack Thorne 8th December 2019 9th December 2019
7 TBA Jamie Childs Jack Thorne 15th December 2019 16th December 2019
8 TBA Jamie Childs Jack Thorne 22th December 2019 23th December 2019

Series 2Edit

# Episode name Directed by Story by Teleplay by Original airdate (UK) Original airdate (US)
1 TBA Jamie Childs TBA TBA TBA
2 TBA Jamie Childs TBA TBA TBA
5 TBA William McGregor

& Anthony Byrne

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


Film adaptionEdit

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.[7]


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.[10]



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).[10] On 14 December, 2018 it was announced via Twitter that the first series had wrapped.[28]

Cittàgazze set

Cittàgazze being built at Bad Wolf Studios

Series 2 began filming in June at various locations across the UK[29] although filming officially began during the week of the 29th July with filming going on for five months.[30]

Further series covering the adaption 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.[31]


The series will be split into episodes of 8, with the second series in filming.[32] The first series will showcase all the events of Northern Lights. Each episode will last an hour.[33]

The first episode will air on 3 November in the UK and 4 November in the US.[34] 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 will air exactly four years after the production for the show was planned.[35]

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.[36]

The BFI announced that on October 15, they will premiere a preview of the show in London. The tickets are not on sale at the moment but will be open to the public on the 24th September.[37]


The first series, covering Northern Light, will also include elements from later books.[38] Scenes from Once Upon a Time in the North will be included and also a few elements from La Belle Sauvage.[39] In the first series, Marisa Coulter's character will be explored further. The series will show 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.[39]



Lyra SilvertongueEdit

Marisa CoulterEdit

Lord AsrielEdit

Lee ScoresbyEdit

Other charactersEdit








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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. 7.0 7.1 7.2 BBC - BBC commissions adaptation of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials
  8. Independent Talent
  9. Troika
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Digital Spy - James McAvoy will play Lord Asriel in BBC One's His Dark Materials
  11. Deadline - ‘The Affair’ Star Ruth Wilson Signs Up To BBC Fantasy Drama ‘His Dark Materials’
  12. Twitter - Amir Wilson as Will Parry
  13. Twitter -Andrew Scott as John Parry
  14. Variety - Joe Tandberg as Iorek
  15. Cool Music Ltd
  16. The Hit House Twitter
  17. IMDb - Clare Batterton
  19. RadioTimes - His Dark Materials BBC TV series - is it still being made? Jack Thorne on the Philip Pullman adaptation
  20. His Dark Materials website HBO
  21. Northern Lights on Amazon
  22. The Subtle Knife on Amazon
  23. The Amber Spyglass on Amazon
  24. The Golden Compass on Amazon
  25. La Belle Sauvage on Amazon
  26. Marisa Coulter's dæmon will not speak but Fisher will provide 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
  27. Bad Wolf Twitter
  28. Twitter -
  29. His Dork Materials on Twitter
  30. The Knowledge Online
  31. Twitter - Dan McCullock
  32. Den of Geek -
  33. Otto Bathurst on Youtube
  34. Twitter
  35. BBC His Dark Materials
  36. His Dark Materials Twitter
  37. BFI
  38. TV Guide
  39. 39.0 39.1 Entertainment Weekly
His Dark Materials adaptions
Adaptions 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 soundtrack
Games The Golden Compass board gameThe Golden Compass video game
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