Fans of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials fantasy novels will no doubt have been watching the HBO/BBC adaptation that first aired last year in 2019. The series’ second season began earlier this month, and it has now been announced that a third and final season has been given the green light. Unlike the ill-fated movie adaptation released in 2007, the TV show has been met with a strong response from both critics and fans alike, and we’ll be sorry to see it end.
Each series has followed each book, so it makes sense that the third and final series covers the third and final book in the adventure. Executive vice president of HBO Programming, Francesca Orsi said of the series: “Bringing Phillip Pullman’s epic, intricate and culturally resonant body of work to television has been a tremendous privilege. We thank our incredible partners at the BBC and the entire Bad Wolf team, led by the indefatigable Jane Tranter, for their exceptional work on the first two seasons. We look forward to completing the trilogy with this final chapter in Lyra’s journey.”
As Variety reports, BBC Drama commissioning editor, Wales, Ben Irving noted how the series has brought together viewers of all ages. “It’s been a joy to see how His Dark Materials has brought British TV audiences of all ages together on BBC One and BBC iPlayer. Fans of Phillip Pullman’s incredible books, and newcomers alike, have been enthralled by adventuring with Lyra and Will through multiple worlds. We are thrilled that they will be able to continue their journey in a third series of this beautifully realized drama. Our thanks to our partners at HBO and the dedicated creative team at Bad Wolf for making a landmark series that will continue to be watched and enjoyed on the BBC for years to come.”
One of the show’s executive producers, Jane Tranter, spoke on how much work went into bringing the series to life, and how satisfying it is to see it pay off. “His Dark Materials has been a truly global TV experience and a personal career highlight. The creative team at Bad Wolf in Cardiff made the impossible possible and brought Philip Pullman’s worlds into vivid life. To see that hard work and dedication applauded and embraced by fans around the world has made all the hard work worthwhile. None of this would have been possible without the wonderful commitment and conviction of the BBC and HBO. I am excited, thrilled and honored to be making the third part of Philip Pullman’s trilogy with their support and encouragement. Diolch”
We look forward to one last out with Lyra and her friends next year.