This year is shaping up to be a great one for books being adapted to the screen, and among them is Deborah Harkness‘s 2011 romantic fantasy novel, A Discovery of Witches. Expected in late 2018, Britain’s Sky One channel will be airing the A Discovery of Witches TV show, which tells the story of Diana Bishop, an Oxford professor and reluctant witch who stumbles upon an enchanted manuscript and is thrust into a magical world unlike any she’s known. Together with a handsome, century-old vampire named Matthew Clairmont, Diana sets out to discover the manuscript’s secrets. Are you a fan of this romantic fantasy novel? Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming A Discovery of Witches TV show.
According to Harkness’s Facebook page, the first season of the show will be eight episodes long and cover the events of the first in book in her All Souls trilogy. Although the book was written from Diana’s point of view, the show will be told from multiple perspectives, allowing viewers to see what’s happening elsewhere in the world of magic, which includeas witches, vampires, and daemons, among other creatures.
Matthew Goode — who played Henry Talbot on Downton Abbey — will play vampire Matthew Clairmont. An English actor, Goode has also had roles in Stoker, Watchmen, The Imitation Game, and the forthcoming adaptation of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the cast also includes Alex Kingston as Diana’s aunt Sarah; Valarie Pettiford as Sarah’s partner Emily; Lindsey Duncan as Matthew’s mother Ysabeau; Tanya Moodie as daemon Agatha Wilson; Daniel Ezra as daemon Nathaniel Wilson; and Edward Bluemel as vampire Marcus.
From the looks of the show’s first teaser trailer, which was released in November 2017, the casting of the two leads looks perfect!
The Writers and Producers
According to her website, Harkness will be writing several of the show’s episodes and also be executive producing the adaptation, along with Jane Tranter, Julie Gardner, and their Bad Wolf company. Directing will be shared by Sarah Walker, Alice Troughton, and Juan Carlos Medina.
Kate Brooke, scriptwriter for The Forsyte Saga and Mr Selfridge, will be an executive producer and the showrunner for A Discovery of Witches.
Harkness is reportedly thrilled with the production. “I walked onto the set and I cried,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “Someone was working on part of the set, and I recognized the grain of the wood as being the Bodleian [library].” In a photo from her website above, the author looks pleased as she poses with the stars of the show.
Shooting on the show began in 2017, and A Discovery of Witches is expected to air in the UK on Sky One and Now TV in fall 2018.
Unfortunately, distributors for other countries have not been announced yet. Those of us in the US are hoping that, with a little magic, this fantastic-looking adaptation will eventually make its way to a channel near us. In the meantime, we’ll have to satisfy ourselves with Deborah Harkness’s companion guide to the All Souls trilogy, The World of All Souls, which comes out on May 8, 2018.
Do you plan on watching the A Discovery of Witches TV show? Tell us in the comments!