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Trailer Drops For HBO And BBC's His Dark Materials TV Series

Trailer Drops For HBO And BBC's His Dark Materials TV Series

The first trailer for His Dark Materials has been released, with the series of novels being turned into a TV series by two major broadcasters.

A collaboration between HBO and the BBC, the upcoming fantasy series is based on the trilogy of books of the same name.

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The epic series, written by Sir Philip Pullman, is essentially a coming of age story, following the lives of two children as they make their way through various parallel universes.

If the trailer is anything to go by, it's going to be a feast for the eyes - it looks incredible, with a variety of creatures in store including witches, demons and armoured polar bears, while the subject matter traverses the tricky concepts of physics, philosophy and theology. Phew, nothing too taxing, then.

But if that sounds complex, don't worry - the plot behind it all is pretty amazing. The series is set in a world where people's souls show themselves as shape-shifting animals, called 'daemons'.

The story centres on a girl called Lyra Belacqua - an orphan who searches for her friend who has been kidnapped, as her quest takes her to various weird lands and sees her fight a horrific enemy.

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As you'd expect, the first season - of which you can catch a few glimpses in the trailer above - is based on the first volume of the series. Released in 1995, the book was first published as Northern Lights (retitled The Golden Compass in North America).

In the book, as Lyra searches for her kidnapped pal, she uncovers a plot which involves various sinister issues, including stolen children and their daemon souls.

The series follows the story of two children in parallel universes. Credit: HBO
The series follows the story of two children in parallel universes. Credit: HBO

May seem far-fetched if you're not familiar with them, but the books have been hugely popular since they were first published - so much so, a film adaptation of The Golden Compass was released in 2007, but it received mixed reviews and didn't meet the studio's expectations at the box office.

So, with more screen time for producers to play around with, can a TV series right the wrongs of the film? Fans are hoping so - in fact, people are already saying the show could be the next Game of Thrones.

Can't wait.

Featured Image Credit: HBO/BBC

Topics: TV and Film

Amelia Ward

Amelia is a journalist at LADbible. After studying journalism at Liverpool John Moores and Salford Uni (don't ask), she went into PR and then the world of music. After a few years working on festivals and events, she went back to her roots. In her spare time, Amelia likes music, Liverpool FC, and spending good, quality time with her cat, Paul. You can contact Amelia at [email protected]