The series ‘His Dark Materials’, based on the books of Philip Pullman, is a co-production between HBO and the BBC. Promotion of this program really ramped up at SDCC in July, but now it has been revealed when fans can actually see it. It will first air on BBC One on Sunday, November 3, and on HBO the next day, Monday, November 4. It will be available globally on any HBO network or streaming service. The first season will consist of eight episodes.
In a reality that exists parallel to our own world, young orphan Lyra Belacqua (Logan’s Dafne Keen) continues her rebellious streak at her home of Jordan College until she haphazardly foils an assassination plot against her explorer uncle, Lord Asriel (It Chapter Two‘s James McAvoy), when he comes to present his recent, potentially blasphemous findings to the university. It’s the first in a series of mysterious events that propel Lyra on an international journey, followed by a string of child kidnappings, the disappearance of her friend, and the arrival of the enthralling but dangerous Mrs. Coulter (The Affair‘s Ruth Wilson).
In addition to Keen, McAvoy, and Wilson, the cast also includes Lin-Manuel Miranda as Lee Scoresby, a balloon pilot from Texas, and Clarke Peters, who portrays The Master, Dr. Carne.
The voice cast includes Helen McCrory as Stelmaria, Lord Asriel’s snow leopard dæmon; David Suchet as Kaisa, the snow goose dæmon belonging to Serafina Pekkala, played by Ruta Gedmintas; Cristela Alonzo as Hester, Lee Scoresby’s arctic hare dæmon, who is said to first appear singing a duet with him; Kit Connor as Pantalaimon, or “Pan” for short, Lyra’s dæmon, who hasn’t yet settled on a form, as Lyra has not yet reached adolescence; Brian Fisher as the Golden Monkey, the dæmon that belonged to Lyra’s mother; and Joe Tandberg as Iorek Byrnison, the mighty polar bear that plays a large part in the story.
Once again, ‘His Dark Materials’ premiers on the BBC on Sunday, November 3, and on HBO, on Monday, November 4.