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BBC Studios welcomes His Dark Materials

Secures all merchandise licensing rights to BBC and HBO Philip Pullman adaptation.

BBC Studios is readying the licensing programme for His Dark Materials, having secured all merchandise licensing rights to the BBC and HBO adaptation of Philip Pullman’s series of novels.

The new series – produced by Bad Wolf for BBC One – is based on the trilogy of fantasy novels, published between 1995 and 2000. The novels have been a global success, selling almost 17.5 million copies globally in more than 40 languages.

It will launch this autumn on BBC One, with series two currently in production.

“Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials is such an epic trilogy and we’re thrilled to be representing the BBC and HBO adaptation,” said Rikesh Desai, licensing director consumer products at BBC Studios. “This is a fantastic addition to our growing portfolio of global brands, and we’re looking forward to working with new partners in the coming months.”

The series introduces Lyra, an orphan, who lives in a universe in which science, theology and magic are entwined. Lyra’s search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children, and turns into a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust.

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