A Discovery of Witches (TV series)

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A Discovery of Witches
A Discovery of Witches (TV series).png
Based onAll Souls Trilogy
by Deborah Harkness
Written by
Directed by
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes8
Executive producer(s)
Production location(s)
  • Great Britain
  • Italy
  • Wales
CinematographyPetra Korner
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorSky Vision
Original networkSky One
Original release14 September 2018 (2018-09-14) –
present (present)
External links
Production website

A Discovery of Witches is a British television programme based on the All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness, named after the first book in the trilogy. It is produced by Bad Wolf and Sky Productions, and stars Teresa Palmer, Matthew Goode, Edward Bluemel, Louise Brealey, Malin Buska, Aiysha Hart, Owen Teale, Alex Kingston, and Valarie Pettiford. The first series of A Discovery of Witches premiered in the UK on Sky One on 14 September 2018, and consisted of eight episodes. In November 2018, Sky One renewed A Discovery of Witches for a second and third series.


Diana Bishop, a historian and reluctant witch, unexpectedly discovers a bewitched manuscript in Oxford's Bodleian Library. This discovery forces her back into the world of magic in order to unravel the secrets it holds about magical beings. She is offered help by a mysterious geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont. Despite a long-held mistrust between witches and vampires, they form an alliance and set out to protect the book and solve the mysteries hidden within while dodging threats from the creature world.

Cast and characters[edit]


Recurring and guest[edit]


No.EpisodeDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [6]
1Episode 1Juan Carlos MedinaKate Brooke14 September 2018 (2018-09-14)1.26
2Episode 2Juan Carlos MedinaKate Brooke21 September 2018 (2018-09-21)1.64
3Episode 3Alice TroughtonKate Brooke28 September 2018 (2018-09-28)1.42
4Episode 4Alice TroughtonKate Brooke & Tom Farrelly5 October 2018 (2018-10-05)1.15
5Episode 5Alice TroughtonCharlene James12 October 2018 (2018-10-12)1.19
6Episode 6Sarah WalkerCharlene James19 October 2018 (2018-10-19)1.06
7Episode 7Sarah WalkerSarah Dollard26 October 2018 (2018-10-26)1.29
8Episode 8Sarah WalkerKate Brooke2 November 2018 (2018-11-02)1.21


Warner Bros. purchased the film rights to A Discovery of Witches in 2011.[7] The film was in the early stages of development, with few details released beyond the signing-on of playwright David Auburn to pen the screenplay and producers Denise Di Novi and Allison Greenspan.[8]

British entertainment channel, Sky One, bought the rights for the books, to adapt them into a television programme.[9] Teresa Palmer was cast as Diana Bishop and Matthew Goode was cast as Matthew Clairmont. After six months of filming, it was completed on 16 February 2018.[10] Much of the work was filmed in Wales, on location and at Bad Wolf studios in Cardiff.[11]

On 2 November 2018, Sky One renewed A Discovery of Witches for a second and a third series before the first series finale was broadcast.[12][13] A first look at Season 2 was released in September 2019.[14] In December 2019, it was announced that the filming for the next series was completed in the UK, and the rest of the filming would take place in Italy.[15]


The programme premiered in the UK on Sky One on 14 September 2018 with its first series of eight episodes. Streaming on NOW TV also started on that date after each episode was broadcast. The international distribution of the programme is handled by Sky Vision.[16][17] From January 2019, the series became available on AMC's subscription services Sundance Now, Shudder, and AMC Premiere.[18][19][20]

It was announced by AMC Networks at the TCA press tour that the show would be making its American television debut on April 7, 2019 on AMC and BBC America, being paired with Killing Eve's second season.[21][22]


Critical reception[edit]

The programme received positive reviews from critics, who praised the adaptation, the production and the performances of the cast. On Rotten Tomatoes, it holds a 94% approval rating with an average rating of 7/10 based on 32 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "A Discovery of Witches smartly grounds its flights of fancy with a lived-in authenticity and harnesses the chemistry between its two star-crossed leads to make for a promising foray into the occult."[23] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 66 out of 100 based on 10 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[24]


In October 2018, A Discovery of Witches was nominated in the longlist for Best New Drama in the National Television Awards.[25] In January 2019, it was announced as a nominee for the shortlist of Best New Drama series nominees at the 24th National Television Awards.[26]


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  12. ^ White, Peter (2 November 2018). "Sky Hands Supernatural Drama 'A Discovery Of Witches' Bumper Two-Season Order". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  13. ^ "A Discovery of Witches seasons 2 AND 3 confirmed by Sky". Digital Spy. 2 November 2018. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  14. ^ Megan Davies (2019-09-05). "A Discovery of Witches - Sky releases season 2 first-look picture". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2020-04-14.
  15. ^ "'A Discovery Of Witches' Season 2 Filming Wraps In UK". International Business Times. 30 December 2019. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
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  19. ^ "Watch A Discovery of Witches on Shudder". SHUDDER.
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  21. ^ "A Discovery of Witches will make its US Television Debut on BBC America and AMC on April 7th". BBC America. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
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  24. ^ "A Discovery of Witches: Season 1". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  25. ^ "Here are all the nominees for the National TV Awards 2019, including Strictly, Doctor Who and Ant & Dec". Deadline Hollywood. October 16, 2018. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  26. ^ "Ant and Dec up against Holly at NTAs". BBC News. UK: BBC. 7 January 2019. Retrieved 7 January 2019.

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