His Dark Materials premieres

Lyra, a 13-year-old orphan raised by the professors at Oxford College. She lives in Britain, but in a world where airships dominate the sky, soldiers ride armored polar bears, and every single human has an animal companion, called a daemon. Hers is named Pan.

Her world seems amazing—growing up with a dedicated pet and no pesky parents in Hogwarts-esque college is literally, a fantasy—but rebellious, independent Lyra is about to discover the terrible reach of the Magisterium.

Adults lie to Lyra constantly, manipulating her into roles that serve their needs. The opulently wealthy Magisterium kills with shocking impunity. Her friends mysteriously go missing, and the eventually revealed truth of what’s happening to the children is stomach-turning.

This new television adaptation is produced by HBO and BBC One.