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Lyra (Dafne Keene) with her daemon Pantalaimon, seen here as an ermine. Lyra Belacqua (DAFNE KEEN) – (C) © Bad Wolf

On Friday the BBC unveiled a further glimpse into the world of His Dark Materials, with a new trailer revealing more about each character and a first look at their daemons: the name for their soul that takes the form of an animal and acts as a lifetime companion. His Dark Materials takes place in a parallel universe to our own, in which our heroine Lyra (Dafne Keene) lives in an alternative Oxford, which she explores with her friend Roger (Lewin Lloyd).

The new trail shows Lyra’s daemon Pantalaimon. He is glimpsed here as an ermine, although children’s daemons can shift between animal forms… so there will be further animal forms of Pantalaimon to come!

We see Lyra’s life in Jordan College, Oxford, where she lives under the care of the Master (Clarke Peters) and his raven daemon Alicia. We also see a little of the Magisterium with the shadowy agent Boreal (Ariyon Bakare).

James McAvoy as Lord Asriel with his daemon, a snow leopard called Stelmaria Lord Asriel (JAMES McAVOY) – (C) © Bad Wolf

James McAvoy plays Lord Asriel whose daemon is a snow leopard called Stelmaria, and Ruth Wilson is seen as the mysterious Mrs Coulter whose daemon, a Golden Monkey, attacks Pantalaimon in her London apartment.

Mrs Coulter (Ruth Wilson) watches as her daemon – a Golden Monkey – attacks Lyra’s daemon Pantalaimon. Mrs Coulter (Ruth Wilson) – (C) © Bad Wolf

Aeronaut Lee Scoresby is played by Lin-Manuel Miranda, whose gas balloon is seen for the first time, and we travel to the frozen North with Lyra and the boat-dwelling Gyptians led by Farder Coram (James Cosmo).

Lee Scoresby (LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA) – (C) © Bad Wolf

In the North we get a brief sight of the sinister location of Bolvangar, which is the location where the missing children are being brought to for reasons unknown… And finally the trail, reveals with a roar the majestic armoured bear Iorek, Lyra’s friend, protector and companion.

Mrs Coulter (Ruth Wilson) – (C) © Bad Wolf

Adapting Philip Pullman’s award-winning trilogy of the same name, which is considered a modern masterpiece of imaginative fiction, the first season follows Lyra, a seemingly ordinary but brave young woman from another world. Her search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children, and becomes a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. As she journeys through the worlds, including our own, Lyra meets Will, a determined and courageous boy. Together, they encounter extraordinary beings and dangerous secrets, with the fate of both the living - and the dead - in their hands.

The new series stars Dafne Keen, James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Clarke Peters, Lewin Lloyd, Ruta Gedmintas, Lucian Msamati, Anne-Marie Duff, James Cosmo, Will Keen, Ian Gelder, Mat Fraser, Geoff Bell, and Simon Manyonda.

His Dark Materials is heading to HBO and BBC soon.

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