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Jack Thorne to adapt Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials


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Following last week’s historic triple nomination in three separate Bafta TV categories – Best Single Drama for Don’t Take My Baby, Best Drama Series for The Last Panthers and Best Miniseries for This Is England ’90Jack Thorne has been announced as the writer on the much-anticipated new drama series based on Philip Pullman’s epic fantasy trilogy of novels, His Dark Materials.

His Dark Materials is the first commission from Bad Wolf, the UK/US production company founded by Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner and co-sited in South Wales and Los Angeles, and is New Line Cinema’s first move into British television.

Jack Thorne said “It is such an honour and a privilege to be given this opportunity to delve into Philip Pullman’s world. What I always loved about Bad Wolf’s intentions with this project was the notion of sounding every note. The His Dark Materials trilogy are vast and glorious books full of beautiful characters and I’m going to work as hard as I can to try and do justice to them.”

Philip Pullman commented “I’m delighted to welcome Jack Thorne as writer on the TV dramatisation of His Dark Materials. Jack is a writer of formidable energy and range, and I’ve greatly enjoyed talking to him and learning about his plans for bringing His Dark Materials to the screen. I’m certain he’ll do a superb job, and I look forward to seeing the whole project develop as he shapes the story.”

His Dark Materials is one of the supreme works of imaginative fiction for both children and adults published in the 20th century. It has been published in more than 40 languages and has sold worldwide close to 17.5 million copies. The first book in the series, Northern Lights, became 2007’s The Golden Compass but that just didn’t get it quite right. Hopefully this new TV show will work well.

The series will be executive produced by Philip Pullman, Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner for Bad Wolf, Toby Emmerich and Carolyn Blackwood for New Line Cinema, Bethan Jones for BBC One and Deborah Forte for Scholastic.

Commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One and Polly Hill, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, His Dark Materials is produced by Bad Wolf and New Line Cinema, and will be made in Wales for BBC One.

Thorne’s original four-part series – National Treasure – for The Forge/Channel 4 starring Robbie Coltrane, Julie Walters and Andrea Riseborough, is currently in production. Feature wise, Jack wrote the original The Scouting Book For Boys, and adapted Nick Hornby’s A Long Way Down for director Pascal Chaumeil. Jack continues to write for the stage, where his plays have been performed up and down the UK and abroad. His Royal Court hit, Let The Right One In, transferred to the West End in spring 2014, and in late 2014, his play Hope opened at The Court. The Solid Life Of Sugar Water transferred from the Edinburgh fringe to The National Theatre after a successful tour, and Jack is writing Harry Potter & The Cursed Child for the West End to open this summer.


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