Phillip Pullman’s best-selling His Dark Materials trilogy is set to be made into a BBC One drama. The series, which consists of three novels, Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass has already found success with adaptations for stage, radio and cinema, but this is the first time they will hit the small screen.

Phillip PullmanA series based on the His Dark Materials trilogy is coming to BBC.

The author has already expressed his happiness that the series has been picked up by the Beeb telling BBC News: "It's been a constant source of pleasure to me to see this story adapted to different forms."

"It's been a radio play, a stage play, a film, an audiobook, a graphic novel - and now comes this version for television. In recent years we've seen how long stories on television, whether adaptations ['Game of Thrones'] or original ['The Sopranos', 'The Wire'], can reach depths of characterisation and heights of suspense by taking the time for events to make their proper impact and for consequences to unravel.”

"And the sheer talent now working in the world of long-form television is formidable. For all those reasons I'm delighted at the prospect of a television version of His Dark Materials,” the author added. The adaptation will be filmed in Wales and produced by Bad Wolf.

The trilogy of books focuses on a young girl named Lyra and her journeys through a series of parallel universes. Speaking about the upcoming adaptation, Jane Tranter of Bad Wolf said: “Philip has joyously written some magnificent pieces of fantasy. But at its heart this is a piece about Lyra and Will and Lyra’s parents and their character journey.”

“But needless to say in a world where we are going to be bringing in armoured polar bears there will be some grand effects.” The first of the His Dark Materials trilogy, Northern Lights, was adapted for the big screen in 2007 and released as The Golden Compass. The film starred Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig and Dakota Blue Richards as Lyra and did moderately well at the box office. However despite talk of a sequel, film versions of The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass never materialised.