The world of BBC’s His Dark Materials – everything from Dust to daemons explained – Latest News


 His Dark Materials is based on the acclaimed trilogy of books of the same name from children’s author Phillip Pullman
 The most recent adaption, which recently premiered its debut episode to astounding success, means that an entire new generation of viewers both young and old are visiting the world of Lyra Belacqua (Dafne Keene) for the first time
 But the world of the show could do with some explaining. Although the opening credits of its first episode established basic knowledge of the world viewers were about to enter, there are some concepts and characters we feel people need to know more about
 Where is His Dark Materials set?  As the opening credits of the first episode explained, His Dark Materials is set in a world much like our own, but with big differences
This parallel existence may look familiar, but it doesn’t take long to realise that there are a lot of distinguishing features between our world and Lyra’s
 Let’s dig a little deeper into what some of these differences are…  What is Dust?        Oh, and the most important bit? It’s always spelt with a capital D since it is actually a proper noun
GCSE English lesson over!  What are daemons – how come Lyra’s changes shape and Lord Asriel’s or Mrs Coulter’s don’t?        Who are The Magisterium?           What is The Alethiometer and what does its name mean?          Was that… an armoured bear?          The Gobblers seem like bad news?        His Dark Materials continues this Sunday at 8pm on BBC One

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