Dark Materials cast their magic on BBC Radio 4
Radio 4 is to broadcast Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials
Terence Stamp and Emma Fielding heading the cast, it promises to
be an exciting start to the New Year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
sweep of the whole thing seems to have been very well maintained;
and the cast is great, especially the two leads, Lulu and Daniel.
makers have used all the resources of my favourite medium to create
a vivid and atmospheric production."
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.
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."