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His Dark Materials

His Dark Materials

  • Premiered: 
    November 3, 2019
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  • Network: BBC1
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the book trilogy (His Dark Materials) by Philip Pullman 
  • Subject Matter: Fantasy
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Plot Synopsis

Based on Philip Pullman's book trilogy of the same name, HIS DARK MATERIALS is a fantasy drama that tells the story of orphan Lyra Belacqua, the young protagonist who lives in Jordan College, Oxford. Placed there at the request of her Uncle, Lord Asriel, she lives a sheltered life amongst the scholars and college staff while under the watchful protection of The Master and Librarian Scholar Charles. When the glamorous and mesmeric Mrs. Coulter enters Lyra's life, she embarks upon a dangerous journey of discovery from Oxford to London. Here she meets Father Macphail, Lord Boreal and journalist Adele Starminster at a glittering society party where she first hears about the sinister General Oblation Board. Lyra is subsequently thrown into the nomadic world of the boat dwelling Gyptians -- Ma Costa, Farder Coram, John Faa, Raymond Van Geritt, Jack Verhoeven and Benjamin de Ruyter who take her North in her quest. Once in the North she meets charismatic aeronaut and adventurer Lee Scoresby, who joins them on their epic journey and who becomes one of Lyra's closest allies.

Adapted by Jack Thorne, HIS DARK MATERIALS, based on the first book, "Northern Lights," had its U.S. premiere on Monday, November 4, 2019 at 9pm ET/PT on HBO -- one day after its world premiere on BBC. A second season based on "The Subtle Knife" book has been commissioned.

Lyra is an adventurous 13-year old from a world that is both like and unlike our own. The story opens with Lyra as an orphan, having been raised in the sanctuary of Oxford's illustrious Jordan College. Lyra is desperate to explore the North with her brilliant Uncle Asriel, until the fates intervene and she ends up on a thrilling and perilous journey of her own. A natural and adept liar, Lyra learns the value of honesty and lies when she becomes the owner of an extraordinary instrument that can tell the truth.

Lord Asriel Belacqua is a brilliant scholar and a fearless explorer. Asriel is one of few who dares to undermine the powerful forces of Lyra's world. His ambition is limitless, and he will stop at nothing to achieve his ends.

Mrs. Coulter is an enigmatic woman whose origins hold many secrets and who has risen to power in a patriarchal society against the odds. Intelligent and manipulative, Mrs Coulter always needs to be in control but her motivations are rarely as they seem.

The Master of Jordan College and Lyra's guardian as she grows up in Oxford until the politics of the outside world begin to threaten her idyllic childhood.

Lee Scoresby is an aeronaut-for-hire, who can keep his head in a crisis -- although he is often getting himself embroiled in trouble.

Roger Parslow is 12-year-old kitchen boy of Jordan College and Lyra's best friend. Where Lyra is a natural liar, Roger is naturally honest and kind. Roger often acts as Lyra's moral compass

Ma Costa, a fiercely maternal, high-ranking Gyptian. The disappearance of her youngest son Billy is the latest of an increasing number of missing children, and acts as a call to action for the Gyptian people to find and rescue them.
On Tuesday, August 4, 2020 Warner Bros. Home Entertainment released HIS DARK MATERIALS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON on DVD and Blu-ray + Digital Code with all eight spellbinding episodes along with an exclusive new bonus feature, "Making His Dark Materials." This special feature follows the ambitious undertaking of bringing the beloved award-winning book series to life. The series takes place in a world parallel to our own, where a human's soul exists outside one's body in the form of a talking animal called a "daemon." The all-powerful Magisterium rule over this world where they suppress any knowledge that attempts to challenge its ideas, particularly around the theory that multiple worlds exist. Season 1 of this compelling HBO series follows Lyra (Dafne Keen), a young orphan who was left as a baby at Oxford's Jordan College by her uncle Lord Asriel (James McAvoy) and desires a life of adventure beyond the confines of her bookish, scholarly surroundings. But when Lyra's best friend goes missing, her search for her kidnapped friend uncovers a plot involving stolen children and transforms into a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon known as Dust. Over the course of the season, as she journeys through the different worlds -- including our own -- Lyra encounters extraordinary beings and dangerous secrets, with the fate of both the living and the dead at stake. HIS DARK MATERIALS is creative, captivating and well written...a series you won't regret watching. Buy and binge now! (Click the RED Buy Button on this page)

- Making His Dark Materials (**Exclusive to Blu-ray and DVD)
- Dafne Keen: Bringing Lyra Belacqua to Life
- Ruth Wilson: Bringing Mrs. Coulter to Life
- Lin-Manuel Miranda: Bringing Lee Scoresby to Life
- James McAvoy: Bringing Lord Asriel to Life
- Adapting His Dark Materials
- The Daemons of His Dark Materials
- Dressing His Dark Materials and
- Building His Dark Materials

Season 2 of HIS DARK MATERIALS finished filming in September 2019, but no premiere date has been announced.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Bad Wolf Productions
  • Produced by New Line Cinema