His Dark Materials (new BBC TV series).

There’s many reasons to mourn that fact that Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials fantasy novels were last sunk by the film version starring Daniel Craig – aka The Golden Compass – not least because its super-turkey status derailed every new fantasy movie being lined up at that time; including Stephen Hunt’s excellent Jackelian fantasy series (voted Best Book to be Made into A Movie by the Berlinale Film Festival).

Well, at least the BBC and HBO have committed to bringing the full thing to the small screen: thank you, streaming revolution.

Here’s the first trailer for His Dark Materials and doesn’t it look fine, with added James McAvoy (Lord Asriel), Ruth Wilson (Mrs. Coulter), Dafne Keen (Lyra), and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Lee Scoresby).

The first series is basically Northern Lights, the initial book in the trilogy. Two more series are promised.

His Dark Materials (new BBC TV series).
His Dark Materials (new BBC TV series).

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