Welcome To Lyra’s World
His Dark Materials starts tonight on BBC in the UK and on HBO in the US tomorrow and they have just released the titles for the show so here they are…
“This story starts in another world. One that is both like, and unlike, your own. Here, every human soul takes the physical form of an animal, known as a daemon. The relationship between human and daemon is sacred. This world has been controlled for centuries by the all-powerful Magisterium. Except in the Northern wilderness, where witches secretly whisper of a prophecy. A prophecy about a child with a great destiny. During the great flood, this child was brought to Oxford.”
Dafne Keen stars as the young protagonist Lyra, who lives in Jordan College, Oxford. Placed there by her uncle, Lord Asriel (James McAvoy) she lives a sheltered life amongst the scholars and college staff under the watchful protection of The Master (Clarke Peters) and Librarian Charles (Ian Gelder).
When the glamorous and mesmeric Mrs Coulter (Ruth Wilson) enters Lyra’s life she embarks upon a dangerous journey of discovery as she travels from Oxford to London. Here she meets Father MacPhail (Will Keen), Lord Boreal (Ariyon Bakare) and journalist Adele Starminster (Georgina Campbell) at a glittering society party where she learns of the sinister ‘General Oblation Board’.
Lyra is subsequently thrown into the nomadic world of the boat dwelling Gyptians – Ma Costa (Anne-Marie Duff), Farder Coram (James Cosmo), John Faa (Lucian Msamati), Raymond Van Geritt (Mat Fraser), Jack Verhoeven (Geoff Bell) and Benjamin de Ruyter (Simon Manyonda) who take her North in her quest.
Once in the North she meets charismatic aeronaut and adventurer Lee Scoresby (Lin-Manuel Miranda) who joins them on their epic journey becoming one of Lyra’s closest allies.
Talented young actors join the cast including Lewin Lloyd as Roger Parslow, Daniel Frogson as Tony Costa and Tyler Howitt as Billy Costa.
Produced in Wales by Bad Wolf, the series is based on Philip Pullman’s acclaimed novels which have been adapted for screen by the Bafta, Tony and Olivier award-winning screen and playwright, Jack Thorne (National Treasure, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child).
Season one of His Dark Materials is directed by Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech), Dawn Shadforth (Trust), Otto Bathurst (Peaky Blinders), Euros Lyn (Torchwood) and Jamie Childs (Doctor Who).
Bad Wolf founder Jane Tranter is executive producer alongside Dan McCulloch (Victoria, Endeavour) and Laurie Borg (Peaky Blinders, Black Mirror) is Producer. Philip Pullman is also executive producer.
The design team is led by Joel Collins (Black Mirror, The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy) with costumes designed by Caroline McCall (Downton Abbey, Hyde Park On Hudson) and Season One hair and make-up design led by Pamela Haddock (The Terror, Sherlock). Framestore’s Russell Dodgson is VFX supervisor and Executive Producer.
Bad Wolf is a UK/US production company founded by Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner and co-sited in South Wales and Los Angeles. The company is responsible for co-producing award-winning The Night Of for HBO and A Discovery Of Witches for Sky One. His Dark Materials is New Line Cinema’s first move into British television.