A Discovery of Witches summons up a first look at supernatural TV series

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Mar 26, 2021, 9:00 PM EDT (Updated)

Sky One has released its first tantalizing teaser and some images from A Discovery of Witches, the upcoming supernatural TV series based on Deborah Harkness’ historical fantasy novel published in 2011.

Slated to debut sometime in 2018, the adaptation stars Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies) as Diana Bishop, a descendant of Salem witches who has yet to tap into her full potential and Matthew Goode (Watchmen, Downton Abbey) as her centuries-old vampire lover, Matthew Clairmont. The impressive cast also includes Alex Kingston (Doctor Who), Lindsay Duncan (Doctor Who, Sherlock), Valarie Pettiford (The Blacklist), Tanya Moodie (Sherlock), Louise Brealey (Sherlock), Greg McHugh (Fresh Meat), Owen Teale (Game of Thrones), Aiysha Hart (Atlantis), Elarica Johnson (Strike: The Cuckoo’s Calling), and Trevor Eve (Waking the Dead).

The UK channel has also released an official synopsis via press release that reads: “What happens when a witch and a vampire fall in love? History professor and closet witch Diana Bishop and geneticist and secret vampire Matthew Clairmont find out when they are thrown together in pursuit of the truth behind a strange manuscript found in the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library.” Check it out:


The teaser may be short, but the first meeting between Diana and Matthew plays out pretty much as it does in the book, and it looks like the series will make good use of its gorgeous Oxford location based on the footage and the atmospheric first-look pics released on Harkness’s Facebook page.

The series is written by Kate Brooke (Mr Selfridge), who also serves as showrunner while Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner (of Doctor Who fame) act as executive producers through their Bad Wolf banner alongside Harkness. Dig into the gallery below and let us know what you think of our first look at the supernatural series. Are you looking forward to discovering A Discovery of Witches?