Harry Potter co-playwright Jack Thorne to adapt His Dark Materials for BBC

Thorne has previously worked on ’This is England’ and ‘Skins’

Jack Thorne will write the BBC’s adaption of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials.

Thorne, who has previously worked on This is England and Skins, also co-wrote the forthcoming play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child together with J.K. Rowling.

“It is such an honour and a privilege to be given this opportunity to delve into Philip Pullman’s world,” said Thorne. “What I always loved about Bad Wolf’s intentions with this project was the notion of sounding every note.”

His Dark Materials are a trilogy of fantasy novels set in a parallel universe that centre on a girl called Lyra who embarks on a quest to find the source of a mysterious phenomenon called Dust.

Pullman, who was closely involved in picking Thorne, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Jack Thorne as writer on the TV dramatisation of His Dark Materials. Jack is a writer of formidable energy and range, and I’ve greatly enjoyed talking to him and learning about his plans for bringing His Dark Materials to the screen.

I’m certain he’ll do a superb job, and I look forward to seeing the whole project develop as he shapes the story.”

The show will be produced by Welsh company Bad Wolf, run by long-serving TV executives Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner, both of whom were involved in reviving Doctor Who for the BBC.