HBO's His Dark Materials TV series: November release date, Andrew Scott casting, trailer and more

CNET | 9/12/2019 | Jennifer Bisset
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The show's official Twitter seems to be ramping up.

Crack open the Tokay, the His Dark Materials TV adaptation has a release date! It'll air Nov. 3 on BBC and Nov. 4 on HBO, according to Deadline.

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But first, a little background. Thanks to the BBC, which has HBO on board to distribute the series worldwide, Philip Pullman's classic British trilogy of novels will set sail for the small screen for the first time, following the 2007 film The Golden Compass that didn't fare so well with critics. But will this new creation make up for Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman's foray into the fantasy epic, the film's unmade sequels leaving hero Lyra (literally) up in the air?

Dark what?

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His Dark Materials sounds complicated -- and it is. Pullman sourced the title for his book trilogy from a poem by John Milton -- another work with big themes about religious deities -- but let's not go too far down that rabbit hole, with the basic plot of the first novel Northern Lights following Lyra as she attempts to save her best friend Roger from the Gobblers, nefarious people stealing away children to an icy fate.

His Dark Materials will arrive this fall, and now we have an exact date. The BBC will broadcast the first episode on Nov. 3 for those in the UK (Sunday local time), then HBO will show it Nov. 4, according to Deadline.

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Excitingly, the BBC has already confirmed a second season is on its way, consisting of eight episodes like the first.

Writer Jack Thorne has proved himself on the epic fantasy front, after adapting Harry Potter and The Cursed Child for the stage, based on a story both he and J.K. Rowling developed. If the seasons follow the books, the first will tell Lyra's story in Northern Lights (called The...
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