New drama A Discovery of Witches is based on the novel of the same name by Deborah Harkness (from her All Souls trilogy), and is set to debut later this year on Sky1.
Filmed in Wales in the newly-minted Bad Wolf studios (a space opened by former Doctor Who producers Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner), the series follows a young academic (Teresa Palmer) who begins to reconnect with her witch heritage after meeting a charming vampire (Matthew Goode).
The series follows Diana Bishop (Palmer), an American academic working in Oxford who discovers a strange magical manuscript that forces her back to her long-shunned witch background.
Despite an ancient distrust between witches and vampires, she ends up getting the help of suave bloodsucker Matthew Clairmont (Goode), a geneticist trying to uncover why his own species seem to be dying out.
Together, they face all manner of supernatural threats as they probe the book’s secrets, while a forbidden romance blooms between them. You can check out some exclusive photos of the new couple here.
What will A Discovery of Witches be like as a TV adaptation?
Earlier this year RadioTimes.com got the chance to visit the set of A Discovery of Witches, and while we can’t give too much away it was made clear to us that very little was being cut from Harkness’s novel.
Instead, the eight-part series is apparently set to extend some of its storylines through its long runtime – most notably, Louise Brealey’s character Gillian will feature more heavily – so fans may get even more than they expected.