Late last week at the San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), AMC Networks announced that it will be airing Sky’s upcoming eight-episode horror drama A Discovery of Witches on both Sundance Now and Shudder. Produced by Bad Wolf and based on the novel of the same name by author Deborah Harkness, A Discovery of Witches was adapted for television by writer Kate Brooke and directed by Juan Carlos Medina. The show stars Matthew Goode as vampire geneticist” Matthew Clairmont”, Teresa Palmer as historian “Diana Bishop”, Alex Kingston as Diana’s aunt “Sarah Bishop”, Valarie Pettiford as “Emily Mather”, and Owen Teale as “Peter Knox”.
Sundance Now General Manager Jan Diedrichsen said: “This captivating story is filled with intrigue, romance and magic and set in spectacular locations that underscore those very qualities. We are thrilled to see Deborah Harkness’ books brought to life in such an inspired way with such a charismatic cast and talented crew. The result is binge-worthy television at its best and we know that ‘A Discovery of Witches’ will appeal to both the premium drama fans at Sundance Now and the genre fans at Shudder.”
Shudder General Manager Craig Engler added: “‘A Discovery of Witches’ is a big, bold series with witches, vampires and daemons caught up in an all-too human drama that’s enthralling from the opening minute. It’s unlike anything else on TV and we’re excited to bring it to Shudder members as part of this unique partnership.”
Sky Vision Senior Vice President of US Sales & Acquisitions Gillian Rose added: “We’re delighted that ‘A Discovery of Witches,’ a Sky Original production, will make its debut in the U.S. and Canada on Sundance Now and Shudder. It’s a moving, modern day love story, set in a world where a handful of witches, vampires and daemons secretly live and work alongside humans, and I’m sure it will be a huge success for them.”
A Discovery of Witches will air first in the UK starting Friday, September 14th on Sky One and Now TV, before coming to North American on both Sundance Now & Shudder at a later date.
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 (Teresa Palmer) is a reluctant witch denying her heritage. 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 (Matthew Goode), who hides a dark family secret.
As Diana and Matthew embark on a journey to understand the secrets of the ancient manuscript, their relationship develops, and events threaten to unravel the fragile peace that has long existed between witches, vampires, daemons and humans.