His Dark Materials - Series 2 Stream

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His Dark Materials - Series 2 Stream

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A new adaption

When the BBC first announced that they were teaming up with the HBO to make His Dark Materials into a television series, it was met with both excitement and trepidation from fans. The much-loved work from English novelist Philip Pullman had captured the imagination of young adults around the world since the release of the first book in the mid 90s.

It was only fair that fans of the novels were cautious of this announcement after they'd experienced the disappointing movie adaption of the first book back in 2007. The adaption seemed to have been in good hands, having been headed by New Line Cinema who'd just released the exceptional Lord of the Rings trilogy. If such a big company with a great track record couldn't adapt His Dark Materials, then who could?

BBC and HBO step up to the plate

It’s not often that the BBC teams up with a heavy-weight pay television network, but when they do, it means a quality show is on the way. This was definitely the case with His Dark Materials. Unlike the movie adaption that had come before it, His Dark Materials television adaption successfully captured the essence of Philip Pullman's story. The team behind series one managed to remain true to the novels while also leaving out elements of the story that wouldn't work on the small-screen. It's a delicate balancing act that has paid off on this occasion.

The cast of His Dark Materials

The main cast of His Dark Materials were outstanding in their performances. We must give praise to newcomer Dafne Keen who played the heroine, Lyra Belacqua. The young actress resonated with audiences thanks to her confident performance. Ruth Wilson, who is best known for her role as the brilliant psychopath and murderer Alice Morgan in Luther, took on the role of Marisa Coulter and was equally as impressive.  

Irish actor Andrew Scott always seems to steal the spotlight in whatever show he's in and, unsurprisingly, he's done the same as Colonel John Parry in this show. If the trailer for the new season is anything to go by, we should be seeing more of Colonel John Parry on our screens in the coming episodes–lucky us! Check out the trailer for season two of His Dark Materials below.

His Dark Materials: Season Two Trailer

Returning to screens in November

It has been confirmed the His Dark Materials will return to our screens in November. Although no exact date has been provided for the UK airdate, it has been revealed that the series will return to HBO Max in the US on November 16. Knowing this, we can assume that the BBC One airdate will most likely be on November 15.


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