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...
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.
Lights has an all-star cast including Terence Stamp, Emma
Fielding, Bill Paterson, Kenneth Cranham and Ray Fearon.
of Pullman's original book will love this audio drama which
helps to bring the characters vividly to life.