A photo for the BBC One adventure-fantasy-mystery drama series, ‘His Dark Materials.’

Children and adolescents can often inadvertently embark on journeys of epic proportions that lead them to others who can help them unleash their ultimate destiny. That’s certainly the case for Lyra Belacqua, the young protagonist of the adventure drama television show, ‘His Dark Materials,’ which is based on the novel series of the same name by Philip Pullman.

The critically acclaimed fantasy show is set in a multi-world reality. It follows the life of Lyra, who’s played by Dafne Keen, an orphan who’s living with the scholars at Jordan College, Oxford. Lyra discovers a dangerous secret that involves Lord Asriel and Marisa Coulter (James McAvoy and Ruth Wilson). In her search for a missing friend, Lyra also uncovers a series of kidnappings and its link to a mysterious substance called Dust, which leads her on a journey of epic proportions and ultimately to other worlds. A witches’ prophecy also links Lyra’s destiny to Will (Amir Wilson ), a teenager from our world, who is himself being pursued by mysterious figures connected to his father.

The British Academy Television Awards-winning mystery show is currently airing its seven episode second series on BBC One in the United Kingdom and on HBO in the United States. The series is also being broadcast on the network’s channel on Filmon TV. (Note that the BBC One channel is only available to viewers in the UK, and to international viewers who have a paid subscription.) The latest episode to air on Filmon can be streamed this afternoon at 3:10-4:00pm local time. It can be watched live, or recorded and watched at a later time.

Today’s episode of ‘His Dark Materials,’ which is titled ‘The Scholar,’ was written by Francesca Gardiner, and directed by Leanne Welham. It follows Lyra and Will as they plan to steal the alethiometer from Lord Carlo Boreal (Ariyon Bakare), but are set back by an unforeseen guest. Meanwhile, Cardinal MacPhail (Will Keen) takes decisive action, and Dr. Mary Malone (Simone Kirby) takes a leap of faith.

The BBC One channel is notable for offering something of value for everyone with a range of high-quality, popular programming for a modern UK audience. The channel was named Channel of the Year at the 2007 Broadcast Awards. FilmOn is a popular streaming service that enables viewers to watch live and recorded UK and international television shows, movies and music videos in a variety of genres, including news, sports, drama, comedy, horror, lifestyle, shopping, pop, EDM and blues.

By Karen Benardello

As a graduate of LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic, Karen Benardello serves as ShockYa's Senior Movies & Television Editor. Her duties include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, and scribing movie, television and music reviews and news articles. As a New York City-area based journalist, she's a member of the guilds, New York Film Critics Online and the Women Film Critics Circle.

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