DAFNE KEEN takes on the lead role of Lyra, the young protagonist of the story who lives in Jordan College, Oxford. Placed there at the request of her Uncle, Lord Asriel (JAMES McAVOY) she lives a sheltered life amongst the scholars and college staff while under the watchful protection of The Master (CLARKE PETERS) and Librarian Scholar Charles (IAN GELDER). When the glamorous and mesmeric Mrs Coulter (RUTH WILSON) enters Lyra’s life she embarks upon a dangerous journey of discovery from Oxford to London. Here she meets Father MacPhail (WILL KEEN), Lord Boreal (ARIYON BAKARE) and journalist Adele Starminster (GEORGINA CAMPBELL) at a glittering society party where she first hears about the sinister General Oblation Board. Lyra is subsequently thrown into the nomadic world of the boat dwelling Gyptians – Ma Costa (ANNE-MARIE DUFF), Farder Coram (JAMES COSMO), John Faa (LUCIEN MSAMATI), Raymond Van Geritt (MAT FRASER), Jack Verhoeven (GEOFF BELL) and Benjamin de Ruyter (SIMON MANYONDA) who take her North in her quest. Once in the North she meets charismatic aeronaut and adventurer Lee Scoresby (LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA) who joins them on their epic journey and who becomes one of Lyra’s closest allies.
3rd November 2019 BBC/4th November 2019 HBO
Executive Producers: Jane Tranter, Julie Gardner and Dan McCulloch for Bad Wolf, Philip Pullman, Jack Thorne, Tom Hooper, and Deborah Forte, Toby Emmerich and Carolyn Blackwood for New Line Cinema, and Ben Irving and Piers Wenger for BBC One.
Directors: Tom Hooper, Dawn Shadforth, Otto Bathurst, Jamie Childs
Screenwriter: Jack Thorne
Producer: Laurie Borg
Production Designer: Joel Collins