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C.S. Lewis was a lay theologian, and his ideas on faith and humanity helped inspire his acclaimed series The Chronicles of Narnia. Imagine a world where a similar author was instead delighted more in physics, philosophy, and criticizing the corruption that comes with organized religion. The literary outcome would be the His Dark Materials series by Phillip Pullman.
In Pullman’s universe, which looks very much like our Victorian era, everyone is accompanied by an animal familiar that represents the human soul. At the center of this story in this fantastical world, is young orphan Lyra Belacqua, an orphan living at Jordan College, Oxford. Her dull drum day-t0-day is interrupted when she discovers a dark secret that involves her uncle Lord Asriel and the deviously secretive Marisa Coulter. In her adventures, Lyra faces off against the many dangers of the world, including the oppressive Magisterium, the world’s largest religion which exerts control over society. His Dark Materials, with its star-studded cast, will be the second adaptation of Pullman’s series after 2007 film The Golden Compass.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch His Dark Materials.
His Dark Materials cast
- Dafne Keen as Lyra Belacqua
- Ruth Wilson as Marisa Coulter
- Anne-Marie Duff as Ma Costa
- Clarke Peters as The Master/Dr. Carne
- James Cosmo as Farder Coram
- Ariyon Bakare as Lord Carlo Boreal
- Will Keen as Father MacPhail
- Lucian Msamati as John Faa
- Gary Lewis as Thorold
- Lewin Lloyd as Roger Parslow
- Daniel Frogson as Tony Costa
- James McAvoy as Lord Asriel Belacqua
- Lin-Manuel Miranda as Lee Scoresby
- Ruta Gedmintas as Serafina Pekkala
- Tyler Howitt as Billy Costa
- Simon Manyonda as Benjamin De Ruyter
- Mat Fraser as Raymond Van Gerrit
- Geoff Bell as Jack Verhoeven
- Georgina Campbell as Adele Starminster
- Ian Gelder as Librarian Scholar Charles
- Patrick Godfrey as Butler
- Philip Goldacre as Sub-Rector
- Richard Cunningham as Chaplain
- Morfydd Clark as Sister Clara
- Ian Peck as Cardinal Sturrock
- David Langham as Father Garret
- Ray Fearon as Mr. Hanway
- Omid Djalili as Dr. Lanselius
What channel is His Dark Materials on?
His Dark Materials is available exclusively on HBO. The first season will comprise of 8 episodes.
When does His Dark Materials air?
His Dark Materials premiers on Monday, November 4 at 9pm ET. Subsequent episodes will air on Mondays at the same time.
How to watch His Dark Materials
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Jaime Carillo is a writer for Pure Nintendo and a plucky YouTube cook. He specializes in writing about console gaming and kitchen gadgets. It comes naturally, considering he's either wielding a massive cleaver or Switch Pro controller at any given point. When he's not cruising through a drive-thru at 2am, he's baking shokupan or whipping up a big pot of Japanese curry. He enjoys retro gaming, geopolitics, and Vic Berger videos.