A Discovery of Witches (TV series)

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A Discovery of Witches
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Based on All Souls Trilogy
by Deborah Harkness
Written by
Directed by
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 5 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Production location(s)
Cinematography Petra Korner[4]
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Bad Wolf[3]
  • Sky Productions
Distributor Sky Vision
Original network Sky One
Original release 14 September 2018 (2018-09-14) – present (present)
External links
Production website

A Discovery of Witches is a British television series based on the All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness, named after the first book in the series, A Discovery of Witches. 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, Valarie Pettiford. A Discovery of Witches premiered in the UK on Sky One on 14 September 2018, and is set to consist of eight episodes.


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 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) [9]
1Episode 1Juan Carlos MedinaKate Brooke14 September 2018 (2018-09-14)0.55
2Episode 2Juan Carlos MedinaKate Brooke21 September 2018 (2018-09-21)TBD
3Episode 3Alice TroughtonKate Brooke28 September 2018 (2018-09-28)TBD
4Episode 4Alice TroughtonKate Brooke & Tom Farrelly5 October 2018 (2018-10-05)TBD
5Episode 5Alice TroughtonCharlene James12 October 2018 (2018-10-12)TBD
6Episode 6[10]TBATBA19 October 2018 (2018-10-19)TBD
7Episode 7[10]TBATBA26 October 2018 (2018-10-26)TBD
8Episode 8[10]TBATBA2 November 2018 (2018-11-02)TBD

Ashley Pharoah and Sarah Dollard also wrote episodes for the series, as well as Deborah Harkness, the author of the book series.[2]


Warner Bros. purchased the film rights to A Discovery of Witches in 2011.[11] 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 who have worked on Little Women, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and Practical Magic.[12]

British entertainment channel, Sky One, bought the rights for the books, to adapt them into a television series.[13] Teresa Palmer was cast as Diana Bishop and Matthew Goode was cast as Matthew Clairmont. Filming completed on 16 February 2018.[14] Much of the work was done in Wales, at Bad Wolf studios.[15]

The series premiered in the UK on Sky One on 14 September 2018; streaming on NOW TV also started on that date after each episode is broadcast.[16] The international distribution of the series is handled by Sky Vision.[17][18]


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "News on the television adaptation of A Discovery of Witches and the All Souls Trilogy". Deborah Harkness. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Mitchell, Robert (22 August 2017). "Matthew Goode, Teresa Palmer to Star in 'A Discovery of Witches' for Sky". Variety. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  4. ^ Baughan, Nikki. "International Women's Day: 17 female cinematographers to celebrate". BFI. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i Romano, Nick (22 November 2017). "A Discovery of Witches TV series summons first trailer". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Lenker, Maureen Lee (11 September 2017). "A Discovery of Witches adds Sherlock and Game of Thrones actors". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  7. ^ Lenker, Maureen Lee (11 September 2017). "A Discovery of Witches adds Sherlock and Game of Thrones actors". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  8. ^ a b c d "Meet the cast of A Discovery of Witches". Radio Times. 17 September 2018. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Weekly top 30 programmes". BARB.
  10. ^ a b c "A Discovery of Witches - Episodes". Next Episode. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  11. ^ Brown, Phil (July 21, 2011). "Warner Brothers Acquires A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES". Collider.com. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
  12. ^ Eisenberg, Eric (Jan 10, 2012). "Deborah Harkness' A Discovery Of Witches To Be Adapted By David Auburn". Cinema Blend. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
  13. ^ Andrew, G.G. "What We Know About the 'A Discovery of Witches' TV Show So Far". BookBub. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  14. ^ https://www.instagram.com/p/BfQ8KPUH_Di/?hl=en&taken-by=adiscoveryofwitchestv
  15. ^ "When is A Discovery of Witches released on Sky One? Who is in the cast, and what's going to happen?". RadioTimes. 30 August 2018. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  16. ^ https://worldnews.easybranches.com/entertainment/tv-web/a-discovery-of-witches-streaming-how-to-watch-a-discovery-of-witches-online-1322712/ A Discovery of Witches streaming: How to watch A Discovery of Witches online]
  17. ^ "Sky Corporate". Sky. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  18. ^ "» A Discovery Of Witches". bad-wolf.com. Retrieved 2018-09-25.

External links[edit]

A Discovery of Witches on IMDb