Sky One has released our first look at the upcoming supernatural TV series, based on Deborah Harkness’ 2011 historical fantasy novel, A Discovery of Witches.
Set to debut next year (though there’s no official date) the adaptation stars Warm Bodies’ Teresa Palmer as Diana Bishop, a descendant of the witches of Salem, who has yet to explore her full potential, and Watchmen’s Matthew Goode, as her (centuries-old) vampire lover, Matthew Clairmont.
In addition to these two, A Discovery of Witches boasts an impressive supporting cast, including Doctor Who star Alex Kingston, Sherlock stars Louise Brealey, Lindsay Duncan and Tanya Moodie, Game of Thrones actor Owen Teale, and many more, like Valarie Pettiford (The Blacklist), Greg McHugh (Fresh Meat), Aiysha Hart (Atlantis), Elarica Johnson (Strike: The Cuckoo’s Calling), and Trevor Eve (Waking the Dead).
A synopsis for the series has also been released, which reads:
“What happens when a witch and a vampire fall in love? History professor and closet witch Diana Bishop and geneticist and secret vampire Matthew Clairmont find out when they are thrown together in pursuit of the truth behind a strange manuscript found in the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library.”
And while the teaser is short, the first meeting between Diana and Matthew is almost exactly as it is in the book, and makes good use of the wonderful Oxford location that’s been seen in atmospheric photos on Harkness’ Facebook page.