For me, the Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman is the finest trilogy of books ever written. This December the first episode in the trilogy, ‘The Golden Compass’ (known in the UK as The Northern Lights) makes it to our cinema screens. The cast bodes well (Daniel Craig, Nicole Kidman, Eva Green) and they couldn’t possibly have better source material. It’s the one thing (bar Christmas and Boxing day dinner at my Mum and Dad’s) I’m really looking forward to this Christmas. Book your ticket now.