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His Dark Materials Seasons 1 & 2 Boxset

Film Information

Plot: Serialisation of Philip Pullman’s classic children’s drama.
Release Date: Out now.
Format: DVD & Blu-ray.
Cast: Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Andrew Scott, Ariyon Bakare, Simone Kirby.
BBFC Certificate: 12.
Language: English.
Review By: Paula Hammond.
Film Rating


Bottom Line

As a certain chocolate brand might have put it, the BBC is really spoiling us. 

Posted December 31, 2020 by

Film Review

Is there anything more appealing than settling down, on a cold Winter’s evening, with a hot cocoa and a BBC serial on the TV? Fortunately this festive season, as a certain chocolate brand might have put it, the BBC is really spoiling us. 

It’s been 25 years since Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights gave us the fist glimpse into the world of Lyra and the Magisterium. Since then there have been numerous adaptations, including a big-budget film, a series of audio plays, and an epic National Theatre production which spanned the entire trilogy.

The latest adaptation comes from the BBC and HBO and, as would be expected from two such big-hitters is suitably lush, with a cast of outstanding character actors working their magic alongside some charming new-comers.

For those familiar with the books, the adaptors have made some interesting changes to the storyline. How these will play out has yet to be seen, but fans can be assured that they’ve been made with sensitivity and a fair degree of appreciation for the original material.

The His Dark Materials Season Two boxset was released to coincide with the premier of the new season on terrestrial TV, and follows Lyra as she embarks upon a journey in a strange and mysterious abandoned city. There she meets Will Parry, a boy from our world who is also running from a troubled past. Meanwhile, Mrs. Coulter searches for Lyra, determined to bring her home by any means necessary.

The Boxset includes four double-sided art-cards. The release is available on DVD and Blu-ray, online and in store, priced RRP £25.52 / £30.63. His Dark Materials Season One and Two boxset is also available on DVD and Blu-ray, RRP £45.95 / £56.16.

In addition to the season two boxset, the first wave of His Dark Materials merchandise, including gifting, apparel and accessories, is available now on the dedicated online store 

Season One Bonus Features:
• Introducing His Dark Materials
• The Daemons: His Dark Materials
• Building His Dark Materials
• Dressing His Dark Materials
• Adapting His Dark Materials 

Season Two Bonus Features:
• Making His Dark Materials
• The Subtle Knife
• Lyra
• The Powerful Mrs Coulter


Paula Hammond - Features Editor

Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email:


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