The BEST Episodes of His Dark Materials

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Feb 14, 2021

Network: BBC One

In an alternative world where all humans have animal companions called dæmons, which are the manifestation of the human soul, a young orphan living with the tutors at Jordan College, Oxford discovers a dangerous secret that involves Lord Asriel and Marisa Coulter. In her search for her missing friend, she uncovers a slew of kidnappings and its link to the mysterious substance called Dust.

Tower of the Angels

#1 - Tower of the Angels

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 29, 2020

Will and Lyra make a plan, unaware of the dangers or the cost involved.

star 7.97
1,093 votes
Directors: Leanne Welham
Writers: Jack Thorne, Namsi Khan
The Dæmon-Cages

#2 - The Dæmon-Cages

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 8, 2019

Lyra discovers the horrific truth behind the Gobbler’s activities in the North. She must use all her wits to help free those around her and avoid suffering a terrible fate.

star 7.96
1,927 votes
Directors: Euros Lyn
Writers: Jack Thorne
The Scholar

#3 - The Scholar

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 6, 2020

Will and Lyra set out to retrieve what's been lost. Mary takes a leap of faith.

star 7.90
1,078 votes
Directors: Leanne Welham
Writers: Francesca Gardiner
Malice

#4 - Malice

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 13, 2020

Lyra and Will find allies who can help them in their search for Will’s father. The Magisterium learn something shocking, and Mrs Coulter meets a formidable foe.

star 7.90
1,032 votes
Directors: Jamie Childs
Writers: Jack Thorne, Lydia Adetunji
Betrayal

#5 - Betrayal

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 22, 2019

As the Magisterium closes in, Lyra learns more about Asriel’s rebellion. But her assistance to him comes at great personal cost.

star 7.89
1,877 votes
Directors: Jamie Childs
Writers: Jack Thorne
Æsahættr

#6 - Æsahættr

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 20, 2020

As all paths converge on Cittàgazze, Lee is determined to fulfil his quest, whatever the cost. Mrs Coulter's question is answered, and Will takes on his father's mantle.

star 7.85
990 votes
Directors: Jamie Childs
Writers: Jack Thorne
Armour

#7 - Armour

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 24, 2019

Lyra and the Gyptians arrive in the North and seek the help of the Witches’ Consul, Texan aeronaut Lee Scoresby and an armoured bear in service to the town.

star 7.84
2,074 votes
Directors: Otto Bathurst
Writers: Jack Thorne
The Fight to the Death

#8 - The Fight to the Death

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 15, 2019

Separated from her friends, Lyra must use all of her methods of deception to thwart a formidable foe. Meanwhile, Mrs Coulter plots her next move.

star 7.81
1,849 votes
Directors: Jamie Childs
Writers: Jack Thorne
The Lost Boy

#9 - The Lost Boy

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 1, 2019

The alethiometer sends Lyra and Iorek on a new path, leading to a shocking but vital clue in her search to find her friend Roger and the other missing children.

star 7.79
1,960 votes
Directors: Otto Bathurst
Writers: Jack Thorne
The Cave

#10 - The Cave

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 15, 2020

Lyra crosses into Will's world, and they set off to find answers about Dust. Will is shocked to discover he has grandparents, but quickly realises he can’t trust them.

star 7.75
1,172 votes
Directors: Jamie Childs
Writers: Francesca Gardiner, Jack Thorne
Theft

#11 - Theft

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 22, 2020

Lyra ignores the alethiometer's advice leading to dangerous consequences.

star 7.74
1,112 votes
Directors: Leanne Welham
Writers: Jack Thorne, Sarah Quintrell
The Spies

#12 - The Spies

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 17, 2019

From the clutches of the Gobblers, Lyra finds help from an unlikely source, which helps her piece together more about her past and keep safe from the Magisterium.

star 7.74
2,112 votes
Directors: Dawn Shadforth
Writers: Jack Thorne
The City of Magpies

#13 - The City of Magpies

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 8, 2020

Lyra and Will find themselves in a strange new place. The Magisterium take action as Mrs Coulter interrogates a suspected heretic witch, and Lee Scoresby embarks on a mission.

star 7.73
1,278 votes
Directors: Jamie Childs
Writers: Jack Thorne
The Idea of North

#14 - The Idea of North

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 10, 2019

Lyra starts her new life in London, determined to find Roger with Mrs Coulter’s help. The Gyptians continue their search for the missing children and the elusive Gobblers.

star 7.70
2,345 votes
Directors: Tom Hooper
Writers: Jack Thorne
Lyra's Jordan

#15 - Lyra's Jordan

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 3, 2019

Orphan Lyra Belacqua's world is turned upside-down by her long-absent uncle's return from the north, while the glamorous Mrs Coulter visits Jordan College with a proposition.

star 7.61
2,957 votes
Directors: Tom Hooper
Writers: Jack Thorne