Dark Materials Series

His Dark Materials: BBC One to Adapt Philip Pullman's Fantasy Trilogy

Things are about to get Dusty across the pond.

BBC One has commissioned a drama series based on His Dark Materials, the trilogy of epic fantasy novels by Philip Pullman.

The saga opens by following Lyra, an orphan who lives in a parallel universe in which science, theology and magic are entwined. Lyra’s search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children and turns into a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust.

Pullman said in a statement, “It’s been a constant source of pleasure to me to see this story adapted to different forms and presented in different media,” including the tepidly received 2007 Nicole Kidman feature The Golden Compass, which adapted the first book, Northern Lights.

“In recent years we’ve seen the way that long stories on television, whether adaptations (Game Of Thrones) or original (The Sopranos, The Wire), can reach depths of characterisation and heights of suspense by taking the time for events to make their proper impact and for consequences to unravel,” the author added. “And the sheer talent now working in the world of long-form television is formidable. For all those reasons I’m delighted at the prospect of a television version of His Dark Materials.”

Pullman will serve as an executive producer alongside Bad Wolf’s Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner, New Line Cinema’s Toby Emmerich and Carolyn Blackwood, BBC One’s Bethan Jones and Scholastic’s Deborah Forte.

To date, His Dark Materials has been published in more than 40 languages and has sold worldwide close to 17.5 million copies.