Season 2 of His Dark Materials has arrived - from the cast to UK streaming options, here's all you need to know!
Based on Philip Pullman’s acclaimed series of novels, the new TV adaption of His Dark Materials is written by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, This is England ’88).
The first instalment - which premiered on BBC One last year - of His Dark Materials introduces Lyra, an orphan, who lives in a parallel universe in which science, theology and magic are entwined.
Watch His Dark Materials 2020 on TV and online
Season 2 of His Dark Materials currently airs Sunday nights in the UK on BBC One.
As well as watching on TV you can watch series 2 online on BBC iPlayer here with new episodes streaming on Sundays.
Series 2 of His Dark Materials has seven episodes.
Series 1 is currently available to watch online via the BBC iPlayer.
His Dark Materials 2020 season 2 cast
The second series introduces new cast members Andrew Scott (John Parry), Jade Anouka (Ruta Skadi), Terence Stamp (Giacomo Paradisi) and Simone Kirby (Dr. Mary Malone).
They join the returning cast of the show including:
Dafne Keen as Lyra Belacqua
Ruth Wilson as Marisa Coulter
Anne-Marie Duff as Ma Costa
Clarke Peters as The Master of Jordan College
James Cosmo as Farder Coram
Ariyon Bakare as Lord Carlo Boreal
Will Keen as Father MacPhail
Lucian Msamati as John Faa
Gary Lewis as Thorold
Lewin Lloyd as Roger Parslow
Daniel Frogson as Tony Costa
James McAvoy as Lord Asriel
Lin-Manuel Miranda as Lee Scoresby
Ruta Gedmintas as Serafina Pekkala
Lia Williams as Dr Cooper
Amir Wilson as Will Parry
Nina Sosanya as Elaine Parry
His Dark Materials season 2 episodes
Following Lord Asriel’s tear through the worlds, Lyra and Pan journey to the strangely deserted city of Cittàgazze.
Whilst the Magisterium refuses to acknowledge this new world exists, Mrs Coulter interrogates Katja, an imprisoned witch. Lyra crosses paths with Will Parry, who she reluctantly teams up with. While exploring the city, they meet children who warn them about Spectres.
Although children are unaffected by Spectres, they can consume the souls of adults. At the witch council, Lee Scoresby reveals he is seeking out an explorer who could offer Lyra protection. Against Serafina’s wishes, Ruta tries to rescue Katja. Lyra realises there is an Oxford in Will’s world too, and he reluctantly agrees to take her.
Upon crossing through to Will’s world, Lyra finds it to be very different to her own.
After encountering the enigmatic Charles Latrom, they head to find a scholar to help get answers about Dust. Lyra meets Mary Malone, who reluctantly agrees to let Lyra interact with ‘the Cave’ - and is astonished by her results.
Will is shocked to discover he has grandparents, but quickly realises he can’t trust them. After Graves’ strong performance during the interrogation of a witch consul, a calculating Mrs Coulter pushes MacPhail to act.
Lyra reveals what she has found out about Will’s father. Upon learning Lyra went through to another world, Mrs Coulter bids the Magisterium goodbye.
In search of answers, Lyra heads back to Oxford and Lee arrives in Yenisei to look for Grumman. Mary’s experiments with the Cave are interrupted by a policeman - and Lyra.
After Lyra accidentally betrays Will she flees, with the policeman in close pursuit. She manages to escape but ends up losing the alethiometer after accepting a lift from Latrom.
Mary continues to fixate on work, despite her sister’s protests. At the Observatory where Grumman used to work, Lee has an altercation with the strange Dr Haley and is arrested. Will finds Pan, comforting a distraught Lyra.
In search of the knife, Will and Lyra try to gain entry into the Torre Degli Angeli. In Oxford, Boreal’s offer of private funding is rebuked by Mary. Lee finds Grumman - or Jopari as he is now known.
Inside the tower, Lyra and Will discover a tied-up Giacomo and are forced into a tense battle for the knife with Tullio. In Oxford, Mrs Coulter meets Boreal and they travel through to Will’s Oxford for Lyra. Back in the café, Will promises Lyra they’ll get the alethiometer back from Latrom. Lee and Jopari take to the sky in search of the bearer.
In Oxford, an inscrutable Mrs Coulter surveys a new world while. At the Magisterium, MacPhail condemns Graves to imprisonment. Mrs Coulter meets an intrigued Mary, who is later given a mysterious mission by the Cave.
As night falls, Mrs Coulter’s rage over how her own world has held her back is interrupted by the arrival of Lyra and Will. While Boreal tries to intimidate Will into giving him the knife, Mrs Coulter pleas with her daughter to stay, as Lyra struggles to control her emotions. An angry Mrs Coulter convinces Boreal they must go through to Cittàgazze, despite the risk of Spectres.
Unaware of the dangers, Mary accepts her mission and goes through into another world.
On the search for Lyra and the knife bearer, the witches Lee and Jopari explore the Cittàgazze world. Lyra and Will are saved from a vengeful Angelica by the arrival of Serafina. In the countryside, Serafina inspects Will’s wound and the witches prepare a spell to heal it. Despite her wariness of Will, Serafina pledges to keep Lyra safe.
In Cittàgazze, Mary consults the I Ching and meets Angelica and Paola. At the Magisterium, MacPhail vows to destroy Lyra upon learning of her importance. Mrs Coulter and Boreal enter Cittàgazze. In the skies above, Lee is alarmed to discover that the Magisterium are on their tail.
Jopari summons a storm that puts the balloon at risk, whilst in the forest below, Will, Lyra and the witches fight for their own survival.
As all paths converge on Cittàgazze, the mission to find Will’s father becomes more pressing.
Having survived the balloon crash, Jopari and Lee try to locate the knife bearer but the Magisterium are in close pursuit.
Ruta updates Serafina on Asriel’s plans, but Serafina insists her duty is to Lyra. Mary consults the I Ching on her task after bidding goodbye to Angelica and Paola.
His Dark Materials season 2 airs Sunday nights on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.