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Jack Thorne to script TV dramatisation of His Dark Materials trilogy

Published 05/04/2016

Philip Pullman praised Jack Thorne who will script the TV dramatisation of the His Dark Materials trilogy
Philip Pullman praised Jack Thorne who will script the TV dramatisation of the His Dark Materials trilogy

This Is England '90 writer Jack Thorne said he will "work as hard as he can" to do justice to the TV dramatisation of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy.

Thorne has been announced as the writer for the upcoming BBC One drama series based on Pullman's epic fantasy novels.

His previous works include The Last Panthers and BBC Three's Don't Take My Baby, both of which he received Bafta TV nominations for last week.

He 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."

Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy consists of Northern Lights (also known as The Golden Compass), The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass.

The books document the adventures of two children, Lyra and Will, as they travel to parallel universes. Bond star Daniel Craig and Hollywood actress Nicole Kidman starred in the 2007 film adaptation based on the first book and titled The Golden Compass.

Pullman said: "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."

No air date has yet been given.

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