To mark the much anticipated launch of season 2 of BBC One’s His Dark Materials, BFI & Radio Times Television Festival is delighted to announce a series of digital events featuring a fantastic line-up of cast and creative talents, including Dafne Keen, Amir Wilson, Andrew Scott, Ariyon Bakare, Jane Tranter and Jack Thorne.

This critically acclaimed adaptation of Philip Pullman’s much loved novels is based on The Subtle Knife and continues the story of Lyra Belacqua, who, distraught over the death of her best friend, follows Lord Asriel into the unknown after he opens a bridge to a new world. We find Lyra in the strange world of Cittàgazze, where she meets Will who is also running from a troubled past.

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Over the course of 3 exclusive virtual events on the BFI YouTube channel, we will be joined by producers, writers, key cast members and a range of behind the scenes talent to discuss how they created the richly layered His Dark Materials multiverse and brought Lyra and Wills’s story to life on screen.

When Worlds Collide

Tuesday 3 November, 19:00, BFI YouTube
Show creators, producer Jane Tranter and writer Jack Thorne take us on a journey into new worlds with principal cast Dafne Keen (Lyra), Amir Wilson (Will), Ariyon Bakare (Lord Boreal) and Simone Kirby (Mary Malone).

Creating Cittàgazze

Wednesday 4 November, 19:00, BFI YouTube

An exclusive look behind the scenes of season 2 with executive producer and production designer Joel Collins, casting director Kahleen Crawford, VFX Art Director and Previs Supervisor Dan May, Framestore’s Senior VFX Supervisor Russell Dodgson and composer Lorne Balfe.

Jopari and the Witches

Thursday 5 November, 19:00, BFI YouTube
Discover more about season 2 with new cast members Andrew Scott (John Parry) and Jade Anouka (Ruta Skadi), as they are joined by Ruta Gedmintas (Serafina Pekkala), season 2 writer Francesca Gardiner and costume designer Caroline McCall.


Originally published: 26 October 2020