His Dark Materials
Part 1 - Northern Lights (Abridged)

Author: Philip Pullman
Starring: Terence Stamp, Emma Fielding, Bill Paterson, Kenneth Cranham and Ray Fearon
BBC Audio
RRP: 12.99
ISBN: 978 0 563 52902 6
Available 05 November 2007

A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of the first book in Philip Pullman's trilogy, His Dark Materials. Northern Lights is set in a world which is like, yet very unlike, our own, the story begins in Oxford. Children are disappearing from the streets, and when Lyra's friend Roger also vanishes she sets out to find him. The story mixes science, theology and magic to fantastic and exciting effect...

Philip Pullman's fantasy comes alive in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation, which was originally broadcast in January 2003. The award-winning His Dark Materials trilogy is a breathtaking epic adventure spanning a multitude of worlds.

Northern Lights, the opening instalment, sees Lyra and her shape-changing daemon embark on a dangerous quest. In Oxford, Lyra learns that children are being kidnapped by the mysterious Gobblers. When her friend Roger vanishes she determines to find him, and is given a powerful alethiometer which can reveal the truth in all things.

After discovering that the adults around her are not what they seem, Lyra and Pantalaimon join forces with a band of gyptians. Travelling north they encounter witch-queens and armoured bears, before being captured and taken to Bolvangar - where children are being used in terrible and secret experiments.

Northern Lights has an all-star cast including Terence Stamp, Emma Fielding, Bill Paterson, Kenneth Cranham and Ray Fearon.

Fans of Pullman's original book will love this audio drama which helps to bring the characters vividly to life.

Pete Boomer

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