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5 reasons to get excited about His Dark Materials

It’s the adaptation everyone has been talking about (because let’s face it, the film version didn’t quite hit the mark…😬), Phillip Pullman’s epic fantasy novels will be brought to life this Autumn. Here are five reasons why you should be excited if you aren’t already:

Reason 1: The stellar cast

The series has got a brilliant line-up including X-men’s James McAvoy, Luther’s Ruth Wilson and Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the popular Broadway musical hit, Hamilton. 


The main character in the story, Lyra, will be played by Dafne Keen – we predict that this will be her breakout role and at just 14, it’s an exciting role to play. 

McAvoy will play the part of Lord Asriel, Lyra’s uncle and explorer, while Wilson will play the wicked Mrs Coulter. 

Reason 2: The super talented writers

Firstly, it’s great to know that Phillip Pullman was fully behind the series. That’s a big tick. He’s given screenwriter Jack Thorne a big thumbs up, so that’s a relief! 

Jack Thorne says: “It is such an honour and a privilege to be given this opportunity to delve into Philip Pullman's world. The His Dark Materials trilogy are vast and glorious books full of beautiful characters and I'm going to work as hard as I can to try and do justice to them.”

Thorne was the brain behind that little-known production ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ (we joke!), so we’re expecting some great dialogue and production. Other works on his CV include Channel 4 mini-series The Virtues and Kiri, so we know he can produce a good drama. No pressure Jack...

Reason 3: Have you seen the visuals?! 

If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, then we suggest you do so. Go on, take a moment because it looks absolutely incredible. It’s rumoured that this is one of the most expensive series in British history, big bucks have been spent so expect some seriously high production value.


With our main characters’ daemons (basically their animal sidekicks) and polar bear king, Iorek Byrnison, being such beloved characters in the book, the CGI has to be just right and by the looks of things in the trailer, they’ve got it spot on. 

Reason 4: It’s the first ever TV adaptation of the series

This is New Line Cinema’s first move into British television. Fact. After the film adaptation, we learned one thing, and that is, if you don’t believe you can do it right and to the best quality, then don’t do it all. 



‘The Northern Lights’ was published in 1995. And it’s taken almost 25 years for us to have a proper on-screen adaptation. It’s like your favourite cheesecake which you wait patiently to defrost, you know it’s definitely going to be worth the wait. I mean, we wouldn’t wait 25 years for it, but you get our drift…

Reason 5: It will fill that fantasy shaped hole in your life 

We’re patiently waiting for Doctor Who (literally counting down the days) and with so many hard-hitting and intense dramas on, it’s refreshing to tune into something a little bit different. 

Fun fact: Did you know that the book trilogy has been published in more than 40 languages and has sold worldwide close to 17.5 million copies? 

We believe His Dark Materials will be a good choice. I mean, there’s a few people in the office who have read the books so we’re not saying that it’s going to be sunshine and rainbows (it's definitely not), there’s some gripping and intense plot lines if you’ve not read the books yet, but we imagine it’s going to be like nothing we’ve ever seen before. 

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