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24 September 2014
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His Dark Materials cast their magic on BBC Radio 4

BBC Radio 4 is to broadcast Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy.

With Terence Stamp and Emma Fielding heading the cast, it promises to be an exciting start to the New Year.

Young newcomers Lulu Popplewell (Lyra) and Dan Anthony (Will) join the acclaimed and award-laiden Terence Stamp (Lord Asriel) and Emma Fielding - who returns to her radio roots in the role of Mrs Coulter.

Over three weeks listeners will be able to hear their exploits in Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass, adapted specially for radio by Lavinia Murray.

Broadcast on Saturday afternoons from 2.30 to 5.00pm on the 4, 11 and 18 January, the dramatisation will offer listeners an escape from their January blues into the thrilling world of His Dark Materials.

Philip Pullman says: "I'm delighted that His Dark Materials is being done on the radio. I've always loved radio drama – it can move from the epic to the intimate in a moment.

"The sweep of the whole thing seems to have been very well maintained; and the cast is great, especially the two leads, Lulu and Daniel.

"The makers have used all the resources of my favourite medium to create a vivid and atmospheric production."

Helen Boaden, Controller BBC Radio 4, says: "We are absolutely thrilled to have secured the first dramatisation of Philip Pullman's enthralling trilogy. It's a great coup for Radio 4, which we hope will keep listeners of all ages absolutely hooked.

"Just as we did with Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, we are giving His Dark Materials a special place in our schedules so that everyone has the chance to become thoroughly absorbed in the extraordinary worlds created by Pullman."



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