Just watched the 1st episode on iPlayer - thought it was fantastic.
A dearly departed friend eulogised about the books some years ago - I have the older movie ‘The Golden Compsss’ on HD-DVD (!) and to be honest loved it, but can perhaps understand why it didn’t tick the boxes at the cinema.
Slightly intrigued that this is a BBC/HBO production made in Wales.
Looks as though the Bad Wold company are involved:
I believe it was a startup from production staff involved in the Russell T Davies 2005 Dr Who reboot largely made in Wales. Just watched an episode from the 1st series of that on iPlayer and those stories were truly ahead of their time, even if I personally felt some were a bit too ‘modern’ or PC at the time - the Bad Wolf episode is quite chilling and incredible to believe the banal reality TV Shows have been going for so long!