Sky 1 just debuted the first full trailer for the supernatural drama, A Discovery of Witches. The TV show’s based on the bestselling book series by Deborah Harkness and follows a powerful vampire and a descendant of the Bishop witches who break the rules and fall in love.
Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey) stars as vampire Matthew Clairmont and Teresa Palmer (Hacksaw Ridge) is historian Diana Bishop. The cast also includes Owen Teale as Peter Knox, Trystan Gravelle as Baldwin, Sorcha Cusack as Marthe, Daniel Ezra as Nathaniel Wilson, Edward Bluemel as Marcus Whitmore, Alex Kingston as Sarah Bishop, Valarie Pettiford as Emily Mather, Tanya Moodie as Agatha Wilson, and Lindsay Duncan as Ysabeau de Clermont.
Kate Brooke (Mr. Selfridge) adapted Deborah Harkness’ books and serves as the showrunner. Brooke, Harkness, Jane Tranter, Lachlan MacKinnon, and Julie Gardner executive produce.
Commenting on the series, Brooke said, “The show is a relationship drama, grounded in emotional truth. Diana and Matthew, like all couples who meet and fall in love, at times struggle to understand each other and come to terms with their differences. And if you’re a vampire and a witch – those differences are huge.”
The Plot: A Discovery of Witches is a contemporary love story set against the backdrop of Oxford academic life, but in a world where a handful of witches, vampires and daemons live and work unseen amongst humans, hiding in plain sight. Teresa Palmer stars as the brilliant academic and historian Diana Bishop, a reluctant witch denying her heritage. The discovery of a manuscript in Oxford’s Bodleian Library throws her into the heart of a dangerous mystery – and into the path of enigmatic geneticist Matthew Clairmont (Goode), who we discover also has a dark family secret: he is a vampire.
As Diana and Matthew embark on a journey to understand the secrets of an ancient manuscript and as their relationship develops and their heritage comes in to play, events threaten to unravel the fragile peace that has long existed between witches, vampires, daemons and humans.