Vaguely remember watching a film on a similar vane a few years back which was a bit pants.
I am rather glad the series only vaguely reminds you of the Movie. It was indeed pants. And so much potential, a good cast.
I suspect the BBC are saving CGI money on the daemons, so for minor characters it can be assumed their Daemon is under the table or some such.
The big jarring issue for me was the helicopter in the first scene. That’s the sort of thing only a fool would have included. A world with working helicopters will have zero use for military dirigibles!