A Discovery of Witches, a new series adapted from Deborah Harkness’s All Souls trilogy, is coming to Sundance Now, AMC Networks’ direct-to-consumer SVOD service, and premium streaming thriller, suspense and horror channel Shudder. The entire season will simultaneously combust on both platforms on Thursday, January 17th, 2019. The series premiered in the U.K. in September.
Harkness’ bestselling novel was adapted for screen by writer and series executive producer Kate Brooke (Mr. Selfridge). The series was directed by Juan Carlos Medina (Painless). Harkness is executive producing along with the co-founders of Bad Wolf, Jane Tranter (Doctor Who, The Night Of) and Julie Gardner (Doctor Who, The Night Of) and Lachlan MacKinnon. The series stars Emmy-nominated actor Matthew Goode (The Crown, Downton Abbey), Teresa Palmer (Hacksaw Ridge), Alex Kingston (ER, Doctor Who), Valarie Pettiford (Being Mary Jane) and Owen Teale (Game of Thrones).
A Discovery of Witches is a modern-day love story, set in a world where witches, vampires and daemons secretly live and work alongside humans, hidden in plain sight. Set against the backdrop of Oxford academic life, it tells the story of historian Diana Bishop (Palmer), a “reluctant witch denying her heritage.”
Alex Kingston plays Diana’s aunt, Sarah Bishop, a practicing witch and coven member. Owen Teale is Peter Knox, a powerful witch and leading Congregation member. And Louise Brealey plays Gillian Chamberlain, a witch and professor at Oxford University.
Diana accidently discovers a “long-lost bewitched manuscript in Oxford’s Bodleian Library, and is immediately thrown into the heart of a dangerous underworld.” The series will also follow vampire and geneticist, Matthew Clairmont (Goode), who “hides a dark family secret.”
A Discovery of Witches was filmed in the United Kingdom at Wolf Studios Wales and on location in Oxford and Venice.
A Discovery of Witches premieres on Sundance Now and Shudder on Thursday, January 17th, 2019.
Culture Editor Tony Sokol cut his teeth on the wire services and also wrote and produced New York City’s Vampyr Theatre and the rock opera AssassiNation: We Killed JFK. Read more of his work here or find him on Twitter @tsokol.
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