In July 2018, Sundance Now and Shudder announced they’d picked up Sky UK’s A Discovery of Witches season one to air in the U.S. and Canada. Today, Sundance Now confirmed they’ve picked up season two and season three of the series which is based on the bestselling books by Deborah Harkness.
Season one debuted in September in the U.K. and will arrive on both Sundance Now and Shudder on January 17, 2019. Premiere dates for seasons two and three haven’t been announced.
“Season one was a brilliant introduction to the All Souls world and the love story between Diana and Matthew,” said Anne Mensah, Sky’s Head of Drama. “We can’t wait for the show’s fans to continue the journey with season two and three, become more enchanted by the characters and watch the magic further unfold.”
“We were absolutely thrilled that A Discovery of Witches was such a hit with viewers. There was a real sense of community throughout the run as fans old and new joined together to watch each week,” stated Jane Tranter, Executive Producer, Bad Wolf Ltd. “We cannot wait to continue the journey with them and, as the show continues to sell around the world, bring a global fan base to these engaging and fascinating characters.”
The cast of season one was led by Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer. The cast also included Alex Kingston, Valarie Pettiford, Owen Teale, Lindsay Duncan, Malin Buska, Edward Bluemel, Aiysha Hart, Gregg Chillin, and Trevor Eve. Sky and Sundance Now confirmed these cast members will be returning for season two.
“Given how warmly the season was received, I’m thrilled that we will be continuing with the story of the All Souls trilogy. There is so much to look forward to as we travel into Matthew’s past and delve further into the mysteries surrounding Diana’s power and Ashmole 782,” said author/executive producer Deborah Harkness.
Season two is being adapted from Harkness’ novels by Sarah Dollard (Doctor Who, Being Human) and Susie Conklin (The Musketeers, Cranford). Conklin, Harkness, Lachlan MacKinnon, and Bad Wolf co-founders Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner are executive producing.
Season one ranks as the year’s biggest drama on Sky One. More than two million viewers tuned in to watch the love story between a powerful witch and a handsome vampire.
The A Discovery of Witches Plot:
A Discovery of Witches is a modern-day love story, set in a world where witches, vampires and daemons secretly live and work alongside humans, hidden in plain sight.
In the second season Matthew (Emmy-nominated Matthew Goode, Downton Abbey) and Diana (Teresa Palmer) are hiding in time in the fascinating and treacherous world of Elizabethan London – here they must find a powerful witch teacher to help Diana control her magic and search for the elusive Book of Life.
Back in the present day, Diana’s beloved aunts, Sarah (Kingston) and Em (Pettiford), must take shelter with notorious witch-hunter Ysabeau de Clermont (Duncan) at her ancestral home, Sept-Tours. Meanwhile, in Oxford, Marcus (Bluemel) and Miriam (Hart) take on Matthew’s mantle to protect daemons Nathaniel (Ezra) and Sophie (Aisling Loftus), whose pregnancy is advancing. Gerbert (Eve), Knox (Teale), Satu (Buska) and Domenico (Chillin) are determined to hunt down every clue they can to Diana’s and Matthew’s disappearance, and the secrets their allies are keeping from them.
More on A Discovery of Witches:
- Interview with Teresa Palmer and Lachlan MacKinnon
- Interview with Deborah Harkness and Owen Teale
- Alex Kingston and Valarie Pettiford Interview