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His Dark Materials

His Dark Materials

BBC One 2019

Lyra is 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. She is later joined on her journey by Will, a boy who possesses a knife that can cut windows between worlds. As Lyra learns the truth about her parents and her prophesied destiny, the two young people are caught up in a war against celestial powers that ranges across many worlds.

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The 10 Best Episodes of His Dark Materials

His Dark Materials - S2E4

#1 - Tower of the Angels


Season 2 - Episode 4

In search of the knife, Will and Lyra try to gain entry into the Torre Degli Angeli. Lee finds Grumman - or Jopari, as he is now known - and they take to the sky in search of the knife bearer.

The episode was rated from 1034 votes.

His Dark Materials - S1E6

#2 - The Daemon-Cages


Season 1 - Episode 6

Lyra discovers the horrific truth behind the Gobbler’s activities in the North. She must use all her wits to help free those around her and avoid suffering a terrible fate.

The episode was rated from 1876 votes.

His Dark Materials - S2E5

#3 - The Scholar


Season 2 - Episode 5

Will and Lyra plan to steal the alethiometer from Boreal but are set back by an unforeseen guest. MacPhail takes decisive action, and Mary takes a leap of faith.

The episode was rated from 1012 votes.

His Dark Materials - S2E6

#4 - Malice


Season 2 - Episode 6

Lyra and Will find allies who can help them in their search for Will’s father. The Magisterium learn something shocking, and Mrs Coulter meets a formidable foe.

The episode was rated from 970 votes.

His Dark Materials - S1E8

#5 - Betrayal


Season 1 - Episode 8

As the Magisterium closes in, Lyra learns more about Asriel’s rebellion. But her assistance to him comes at great personal cost.

The episode was rated from 1830 votes.

His Dark Materials - S2E7
#6 - Æsahættr
Season 2 - Episode 7

As all paths converge on Cittàgazze, Lee is determined to fulfil his quest, whatever the cost. Mrs Coulter’s question is answered, and Will takes on his father’s mantle. Season finale.

The episode was rated from 916 votes.
His Dark Materials - S1E4
#7 - Armour
Season 1 - Episode 4

Lyra and the Gyptians arrive in the North and seek the help of the Witches’ Consul, Texan aeronaut Lee Scoresby and an armoured bear in service to the town.

The episode was rated from 2022 votes.
His Dark Materials - S1E7
#8 - The Fight to the Death
Season 1 - Episode 7

Separated from her friends, Lyra must use all of her methods of deception to thwart a formidable foe. Meanwhile, Mrs Coulter plots her next move.

The episode was rated from 1804 votes.
His Dark Materials - S1E5
#9 - The Lost Boy
Season 1 - Episode 5

The alethiometer sends Lyra and Iorek on a new path, leading to a shocking but vital clue in her search to find her friend Roger and the other missing children.

The episode was rated from 1902 votes.
His Dark Materials - S2E3
#10 - Theft
Season 2 - Episode 3

Lyra ignores the alethiometer, with dangerous consequences for her and Will. Lee Scoresby’s search for Grumman brings an unlikely ally, and the witches seek answers.

The episode was rated from 1055 votes.

Last updated: oct 18, 2021



we've been waiting for this for twelve years!


As someone who hasn't read the book(s) I get the feeling, that there is information missing. There are reactions in certain scenes where I don't understand what gets the characters so excited. They act like its obvious, while it isn't for the unknowing viewer. I have the suspicion, that there is a section in the book explaining the reaction which wasn't translated in the show sometimes. I don't know if its true, but are the daemons all female? If so, I hope it gets explained why that is (unless I missed it). Aside from that, great cast, great storytelling and great characters so far - Although I somehow love Marisa best so far, cunning and evil - my kind of woman :)


Finally... Part two of 'the golden compass' was never to come so this is something i am really waiting for!


Intriguing enough to keep watching but good lord, the story arc with the boy in the "real" world is a snoozer.


As someone who's read the books I was really looking forward to this but unfortunately the series falls short... Too many things have been changed or are missing. Vital information is simply revealed way too soon, you don't even get a chance to piece the clues together and figure things out for yourself. There is no mystery, no suspense. I'm not satisfied with the portrayal of some of the characters either (Lyra, Lee, Yorek) The opening sequence is amazing though! The Golden Compass movie had it's flaws but overall it is much closer to the first book.


this is kidshow, like golden compass ,harry potter. if i knew i woldnt have started . but reluctantly finished s1


It’s so bad. The tempo is not right,. The screenplay is awful. The protesters is a white-spoiled kid. The behaviours and adventures are full of coincidence. The mentality portrayed by the show is very dangerous. It tells you that you can be naive and should go to trust people who look nice and then you will fix problems as long as you are white with good intentions. I can’t believe this is from HBO.


i love how the characters are very round, not totally evil nor totally good [spoiler](except for iofur, who was pure evil)[/spoiler]. i particularly like that children here are very childish, which means they act like they should, being the hero/heroin or not. the only thing, i think some things could be clearer for us who haven't read the books yet [spoiler](like the boy's arc and his mother's, i feel like it should have had episodes dedicated only to them, or some alternate episodes, or at least they should get some more space)[/spoiler], it's probably hard to translate all of that universe, but all in all it's pretty great. excited for next season!!


Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/nov/03/his-dark-materials-review-bbc


As a fan of the novels I welcome this adaptation. After the disappointing movie we finally get to see this world come to life on television. Is it perfect? No. Essential aspects from the books are missing or not given enough significance (notably, they fail to show how important the relationship between a human and their daemon really is). Still, I'm very excited for the next season!

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