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James McAvoy's absence looms large over His Dark Materials - but is it actually a benefit for season 2?

1 month ago   |   By Radio Times

In an odd twist, by far the most highly-publicised episode of His Dark Materials ' second season is one that doesn't actually exist.
You see, while most of the Philip Pullman adaptation's new run was completed before the coronavirus pandemic shut down TV production, one episode starring James McAvoy's Lord Asriel had to be abandoned after just a few hours' shooting, in a move that writer Jack Thorne said was “ really upsetting ” but ignited fan interest in the missing piece of the story.
Now, having watched four instalments of the truncated seven-episode season two, I have to wonder...
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His Dark Materials season 2: What is the Subtle Knife?

His Dark Materials season 2: What is the Subtle Knife?

1 month ago   |   By Metro

Caption: His Dark Materials: What is the Subtle Knife
Warning: spoilers ahead for season 2 of His Dark Materials .
In season 2 of His Dark Materials, the TV adaptation of Philip Pullman 's book trilogy of the same name, viewers are introduced to a curious object, named the Subtle Knife.
As fans of the book series will be aware, The Subtle Knife is the title of the second novel, following on from Northern Lights and preceding The Amber Spyglass.
As the second season of the show is based on The Subtle Knife, the weapon - which Lyra Silvertongue and Will Parry are on a mission to retrieve in...
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