A Discovery of Witches Review 2018 TV-Show Series Season Cast
Creators: Juan Carlos Medina
Stars: Matthew Goode, Teresa Palmer, Owen Teale
Review: Produced by Bad Wolf, A Discovery of Witches is a contemporary love story that begins against the backdrop of Oxford academic life, in a world where small numbers of witches, vampires and daemons live and work, unseen amongst humans, hiding in plain sight. Brilliant historian Diana Bishop (Palmer) is a reluctant witch denying her heritage when the discovery of a bewitched manuscript in Oxford’s Bodleian Library throws her into the heart of a dangerous mystery – and into the path of the enigmatic vampire and geneticist, Matthew Clairmont (Goode), who hides a dark family secret.
Harkness’ debut celebrates its 5th anniversary today, having been published on February 8, 2011. It’s the story of Diana Bishop, a young scholar at Oxford who is a descendant of the Salem witches. When she accidentally unlocks an enchanted manuscript, she is compelled to embrace the magic in her blood and enters a forbidden romance with charming 1,500-year-old vampire Matthew Clairmont.
At one time, a series looked like it might get set up at the BBC which showed serious interest in developing, but Bad Wolf decided to put it together in a different way. Warner Bros acquired film rights to A Discovery Of Witches in 2011, but when the option lapsed, all rights reverted back to Harkness and conversations about film and TV adaptations were tabled until she was finished with the trilogy. The second novel, Shadow Of Night, was published in 2012 followed by The Book Of Life in 2014.
Tranter and Gardner are executive producing A Discovery Of Witches. They recently closed a deal with the BBC and New Line for an event series adaptation of Philip Pullman’s fantasy trilogy, His Dark Materials. Harkness and Pharoah are also exec producing A Discovery Of Witches.