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His Dark Materials, Sunday, 3rd November, BBC1 8pm

Discussion in 'Personal' started by lanokia, Nov 3, 2019.

  1. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Anyone else going to be watching?

  2. colacao17

    colacao17 Senior commenter

    Excellent - the pre-Christmas children's series was always a tradition for us in the run up to Christmas.
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  3. mothorchid

    mothorchid Star commenter

    Yes, love the books, found the film a bit limp, but this looks better. Less "disneyfied", more thoughtful.
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  4. primarycat

    primarycat Star commenter

    Me. Looking forward to it.
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  5. catmother

    catmother Star commenter

    Looking forward to it too.
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  6. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Ah good...
  7. needabreak

    needabreak Star commenter

    I'll watch it and hope its better than the golden compass film a few years back. Ruth Wilson has played some great parts recently so I expect it will be worth the watch and the trailer looks good.
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  8. vannie

    vannie Star commenter

    Yes really looking forward to it.
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  9. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Yeah that was... forgettable...
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  10. Marshall

    Marshall Star commenter

    I'll watch it - hope it explains the books better! That said I read them when they first came out and I wasn't perhaps in the right frame of mind!
  11. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    I seem to remember really liking the first book... and then gradually going off the trilogy the further I got into it.
  12. primarycat

    primarycat Star commenter

    He is very austere. No happy endings if they don't fit the story. I respect that but I'm not sure if I like it.
  13. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    I read the books some years ago. I quite liked the film, but obviously the producers decided not to do the rest. To be honest I thought all that "dust" stuff and the interminable going through parallel universes was tedious.
  14. Jude Fawley

    Jude Fawley Star commenter

    I'm ready for a pleasant surprise but I have my reservations.

    Though probably wrong, I believe:
    I'd be being unfaithful to Clive Staples Lewis.
    This stuff is modern classics written within my lifetime so it'll not be that good.
    This stuff is written for children and pre watershed.
    It's on the BBC so it won't be theologically challenging.
    Like most of this stuff it will have contradictions in its metaphysics.

    I see 'Warhorse' is on the BBC this afternoon. Again, I probably wrongly think it is written for children. It's popular so it will be moribund and predictable.

    But I'll try to watch them both and see if I can prove my reservations wrong.

    I don't want to get sucked in though!
  15. TheOracleAtDelphi

    TheOracleAtDelphi Established commenter

    I'm in two minds about watching - I'm often really disappointed by adaptations of books I've loved - but this does look like it has been well done and isn't trying to cram too much in owing to serialising rather than film, so I may watch.
    I read them in the wrong order, which is maybe why I liked The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass (especially) more than Northern Lights. Innocent that I am (was) I didn't at all get the dual/implied ending until I read about it subsequently...I am somewhat intrigued how they are going to deal with that when they come to the third series - I'm guessing going with the literal/innocent ending.
    He generally is quite a bleak author - have you read the Sally Lockhart books? As I recall they don't shy away from the unpleasant aspects of Victorian London (and elsewhere)
  16. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    I don’t do fantasy so I expect not
  17. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    I am looking forward to it. The film was such a disappointment. I saw a version of the trilogy done at the National Theatre that was so much better.
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  18. sadscientist

    sadscientist Senior commenter

    I’ll be watching. Although I have an intense “visual” relationship with books I’ve loved, so often disappointed with film versions. Peter Jackson’s LOTR version was the only one I’ve seen that was an improvement on the books.

    Has anyone read the prequels? They had mixed reviews. I guess there’s always a temptation for authors and producers to cash in on a success, but I can’t think of many that kept up the quality of the original.

    (@Jude Fawley - the War Horse film is dire, don’t judge Morpurgo’s books by it! Stage show was better)

    There are at least two scenes in the Dark Materials trilogy that I can’t even think about without getting ... seriously emotional.

    Lee Scoresby’s death
    Lyra leaving Pantalaimon on the riverbank
  19. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    It doesn't start till 8.00 p.m., so not exactly the old Sunday tea-time children's series.

    I won't be watching. I am always suspicious of TV/film adaptations of books, fearing they won't stay true to the books. And the books themselves I didn't enjoy. They left a nasty taste in my mouth.
  20. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Not suppose to eat them Chelsea!
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