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How to watch His Dark Materials season two online anywhere in the world

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Here's how to watch His Dark Materials season two online anywhere in the world

His Dark Materials season 2 (opens in new tab), based on Phillip Pullman’s best-selling fantasy books, has now started on BBC1. Here's how to watch His Dark Materials season two online anywhere in the world

The first series captured millions of viewers when it was shown last year and now it’s returned with a second series, based on The Subtle Knife, the second book in the trilogy.

The opening episode picks up where the first series left off. Explorer Lord Asriel (James McAvoy) has opened a bridge to a strange new world. His brave daughter Lyra (Dafne Keen) and Pan find themselves in the strangely deserted city of Cittàgazze.

Lyra soon crosses paths with Will and reluctantly decides to team up with him. As they go through the city, they meet children who warn them about Spectres. Children aren’t harmed by Spectres, but they consume the souls of adults. Lyra and Will realise they need to find Will’s father John (Andrew Scott).

Meanwhile, Mrs Coulter (Ruth Wilson) interrogates an imprisoned witch called Katja. Mrs Coulter is on a mission to find Lyra…

How to watch His Dark Materials season 2 free online with the BBC in the UK

His Dark Materials is being shown on BBC1 on Sunday nights. While it's also available to watch on iPlayer (opens in new tab).

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How to watch His Dark Materials season 2 online from abroad 

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How to watch His Dark Materials season 2 in America

It starts on November 16th on HBO and HBO Max.

How to watch season 2 in Australia

It will be available on Foxtel from November 17th.

How to watch in Canada

A release date hasn't been announced yet.

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