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The City of Magpies

Series 2 - Episode 1 The City of Magpies

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Review

When the makers of His Dark Materials shot the bulk of series two in 2019, they did so to avoid the problem of their child stars looking older than the characters they play. What they also inadvertently ended up doing was futureproofing the drama against a pandemic, hence it now being ready to whisk viewers away again to Philip Pullman’s fantasy realms.
The key backdrop in an ominous first episode is Cittàgazze, a parallel world alien to both Lyra and Will (Dafne Keen and Amir Wilson), who come face to face on its seemingly barren streets. But the story’s young saviours are soon learning of a new danger: malevolent spectres ready to attack when their prey finish puberty.

The grown-ups also get their share of the action, particularly the silky-smooth Mrs Coulter, who’s busy colluding with the Magisterium and torturing a captured witch. Actress Ruth Wilson is at her scene-stealing best with a performance that’s both seductive and chilling.

Summary

New series. Following Lord Asriel's tear through the worlds, Lyra and Pan journey to the strangely deserted city of Cittagazze, where they encounter Will - and reluctantly team up with the daemonless boy. Mrs Coulter interrogates a suspected heretic, while at the witch council, Lee Scoresby reveals he is seeking out an explorer who could offer Lyra protection. The return of the adaptation of Philip Pullman's fantasy adventure novel series, starring Dafne Keen, Amir Wilson and Ruth Wilson.

Cast & Crew

Lyra Silvertongue Dafne Keen
Will Parry Amir Wilson
Mrs Coulter Ruth Wilson
Serafina Pekkala Ruta Gedmintas
Ruta Skadi Jade Anouka
Fr MacPhail Will Keen
Fr Graves Sean Gilder
Lee Scoresby Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lena Feldt Remmie Milner
Katja Sirkka Marama Corlett
Fra Pavel Frank Bourke
Cardinal Sturrock Ian Peck
Fr Garret David Langham
Angelica Bella Ramsey
Paola Ella Schrey-Yeats
Voice of Hester Cristela Alonzo
Voice of Pantalaimon Kit Connor
Adapted By Jack Thorne
Director Jamie Childs
Executive Producer Jane Tranter
Executive Producer Dan McCulloch
Producer Stephen Haren
Series Producer Roopesh Parekh
Writer Philip Pullman
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