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His Dark Materials 

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A young girl is destined to liberate her world from the grip of the Magisterium which represses people's ties to magic and their animal spirits known as daemons.
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As the Magesterium closes in, Lyra learns more about Asriel's rebellion. But her assistance to him comes at a great personal cost.

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Series cast summary:
Dafne Keen ...  Lyra Belacqua 16 episodes, 2019
Kit Connor ...  Pantalaimon 16 episodes, 2019
Amir Wilson ...  Will Parry 12 episodes, 2019
Andrew Scott ...  Colonel John Parry 10 episodes, 2019
Leanne Holder ...  Serafina Clan Witch #1 8 episodes
Ruth Wilson ...  Mrs Coulter 7 episodes, 2019
Ariyon Bakare ...  Carlo Boreal 7 episodes, 2019


His Dark Materials is one of the supreme works of imaginative fiction for both children and adults published in the 20th century. Northern Lights introduces Lyra, an orphan, who lives in a parallel universe in which science, theology and magic are entwined. Lyra's search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children, and turns into a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. In The Subtle Knife she is joined on her journey by Will, a boy who possesses a knife that can cut windows between worlds. As Lyra learns the truth about her parents and her prophesied destiny, the two young people are caught up in a war against celestial powers that ranges across many worlds and leads to a thrilling conclusion in The Amber Spyglass. Written by ahmetkozan

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Release Date:

4 November 2019 (USA) See more »

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London, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Since the publication in 1995, the "His Dark Materials" novels has been published in more than 40 languages and has sold worldwide close to 18 million copies. The announcement of the BBC adaptation was made in 2015, on the 20th anniversary of the novel. See more »

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The opening credits are a zoom out, starting from particles of Dust at atomic level and zooming out to show the various multiversal locations within the story (and the objects/people/vehicles within these multiverses) before concluding the zoom out to reveal the series title. See more »

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Started off strong, but left me somewhat disappointed.
23 December 2019 | by agisaakSee all my reviews

I had high hopes for this series after watching the initial few episodes, but after watching the first season I feel this could have been much better.

For the most part the acting was good. I particularly enjoyed the performances by Dafne Keen (Lyra), Lucian Msamati (John Faa), Ariyon Bakare (Charles Latrom), James Cosmo (Farder Coram) and Anne-Marie Duff (Ma Costa). I was less impressed with Ruth Wilson as Mrs. Coulter, and Ruta Gedmintas' performance as Serafina fell particularly flat.

While I found the series overall to be much better than The Golden Compass, the final three episodes were, I thought, a bit of a letdown. The main problem was the pacing: many scenes which one assumes were intended to be climactic (e.g. the battle of the bears) didn't have sufficient build-up to really achieve this effect, and the material in the final episode ended up feeling particularly rushed.

This really ought to have been done as a 10 or 12 episode season rather than an 8 parter so that much of the material could have been expanded to give it the detail that it deserved.

I'm really hoping that the next season will not be quite as rushed.

A few comments on previous reviews. First, this series was based on the novel 'Northern Lights'. So was the film 'The Golden Compass'. This series was *not* based on that film.

Second, I'm very confused as to why so many comparisons have been raised between this and Harry Potter or Game of Thrones. Apart from the fact that all three belong to the rather broad genre of 'fantasy' they have absolutely nothing in common (well, with GoT is shares the overly-rushed-at-the-end property, but that's about it).

Finally, 'demon' and 'daemon' are the exact same word, just as 'archeologist' and 'archaeologist' are the same word. They mean the same thing and are pronounced exactly the same way (a few people have brought up the Unix pronunciation. Yes, that's sometimes different, but unix people also think 'gnu' has a hard g and that 'vi' is pronounced 'six' so I wouldn't trust them where regular English is concerned).

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