A Discovery Of Witches – The Newest Supernatural Series

As summer turns to autumn and the darks nights start to close in, I love nothing more than getting cosy and watching something on the tv, fluffy socks and a blanket are compulsory of course. But this week I’m even more excited than normal for my Friday night treat and that is because A Discovery of Witches will be starting on Sky One and Now TV.

If you love all things supernatural like The Originals and Vampire Diaries or even Charmed and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Then you need to have a watch!

A Discovery of Witches is based on the first in a trilogy of novels called ‘All Souls’ by Deborah Harkness. If you haven’t read any, I definitely recommend them, as I’m currently halfway through the first one. The books have a huge international following and have been translated into 36+ languages. I realised just how big the following is at the book signing in Waterstones, Oxford. Deborah was there to sign copies of the book and Teresa, who plays the main character Diana Bishop, was meeting and posing for photos with fans. The store was full of excited chatter from fans of the book who had been waiting for hours to meet them both. The queues were half way down the street and even the rain wasn’t putting them off.

Not just your usual signing, there was also a lab set up where fans could find out if they were a witch, vampire, daemon or a human. A mock ‘DNA test’ followed by a personality quiz determined I am a Witch, although I haven’t felt any magical powers yet!

Following the signing we got to attend a private viewing of the new exhibition of Spellbound: Magic Ritual and Witchcraft, at the Ashmoleum Oxford University’s Museum.

I have always been fascinated by witchcraft, so I was particularly looking forward to this part of the evening. The exhibition didn’t disappoint, giving me goosebumps on more than one occasion. Unfortunately photography was stickily forbidden, in most of the rooms, as there were some amazing items.

I would love to go back and spend some more time looking at the artefacts spanning over eight centuries. They show how our ancestors interpreted things they didn’t understand in the world around them and even included emotional confessions from women who were accused of witchcraft. We also got to see some of the props that were used in the making of A Discovery of Witches.

Spellbound is on until 6 January 2019. 

Finally we get to the moment we have all been waiting for. The screening of the first episode of A Discovery Of Witches. 

I don’t want to give too much away and if you have read the book it is a little different to the first few chapters. So instead;

A Discovery of Witches tells the story of Diana – an academic at Oxford University who refuses to acknowledge she is a witch and has pushed her magical powers to the side. However she finds all kinds of darkness unfolding when she unwittingly discovers a long lost ancient manuscript, and embarks upon a forbidden love affair with vampire Professor Matthew Clairmont (played by Matthew Goode of The Crown and Downtown Abbey fame), a geneticist researching why his species seems to be dying out.

It’s a modern love story in a world where vampires, witches and daemons live and work among humans without them realising – hiding in plain sight. Teresa and Matthew set out to understand the manuscript’s secrets and why their species are in decline. But their love affair and their discoveries could shatter the fragile peace that exists in the supernatural world.

The first episode left me wanting more! It’s dark and mysterious, yet beautiful and magical at the same time. Being based in pretty Oxford it’s easy to relate to and the imagery is stunning. 

I feel we have been lacking a supernatural drama series for a while now and this one is just perfect. I can’t wait to watch the rest of the series.

Will you be watching too?

A Discovery of Witches begins on Sky One at 9pm on Friday 14 September with episodes shown weekly. It will also be available to watch on Now TV.

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48 Comments

  1. September 21, 2018 / 5:01 pm

    I have watched the first episode and it was really good I’ll definitely be watching the rest!

  2. Solange
    September 21, 2018 / 6:44 pm

    I missed it but I’ll be watching it on demand.

  3. ray becker
    September 22, 2018 / 8:07 am

    Yes

  4. isis1981uk
    September 22, 2018 / 3:52 pm

    Not yet, but I really want to.

  5. Andrea A
    September 22, 2018 / 4:06 pm

    I’ve not watched the series as I don’t have Sky or Now TV.

  6. Susan B
    September 22, 2018 / 6:44 pm

    I am unable to watch it on the channels listed but hope I can do so at a later date.

  7. claire woods
    September 23, 2018 / 2:07 pm

    I haven’t been able to watch it.

  8. September 26, 2018 / 7:33 am

    I have it waiting to be watched on my tivo lol!!

  9. samantha montgomery
    September 27, 2018 / 7:52 am

    I have i love it!

  10. Sheena Batey
    September 28, 2018 / 7:33 pm

    No I don’t have the channel it is broadcast on so would be good to read the book

  11. Victoria Thurgood
    October 2, 2018 / 12:52 pm

    Ive not seen it yet

  12. Simone Griffin
    October 6, 2018 / 8:16 pm

    I’ve watched the first episode and I’m hooked!

  13. October 9, 2018 / 3:15 pm

    I haven’t watched yet but I’m intrigued! (Angela Kelly)

  14. Carole Nott
    October 10, 2018 / 4:10 pm

    missed that one but will look for catch up

  15. October 11, 2018 / 1:34 pm

    I am watching – Very good after a slow 1st episode

  16. October 12, 2018 / 3:26 pm

    I got to see the first episode and it looked totally up my street and really enjoyable. I don’t have Sky or Now, so am hoping i can get to see this on Netflix or Amazon Prime, eventually.

  17. October 14, 2018 / 10:38 am

    No I haven’t watched it but am now intrigued after reading your website

  18. October 15, 2018 / 3:20 am

    I haven’t yet but definitely plan on watching it

  19. JULIE WARD
    October 16, 2018 / 7:30 pm

    No I haven’t yet, must check if its on demand

  20. Hekna
    October 19, 2018 / 9:37 pm

    I’ve not yet watched the series, but it’s on my list to watch!

  21. Anonymous
    October 19, 2018 / 9:44 pm

    I am completely hooked, one of the best series I have watched in a long time! Xn

  22. Marta Lopez
    October 19, 2018 / 9:47 pm

    I am completely hooked, great series!

  23. Kay Tee
    October 19, 2018 / 11:46 pm

    Yes, it’s amazing!

  24. Amanda Kahs
    October 20, 2018 / 12:44 am

    Yes, really enjoying it!

  25. susan smith
    October 20, 2018 / 6:46 am

    No i havent , but sounds fabulous and one to watch in the future

  26. Lauren Old
    October 20, 2018 / 8:57 am

    I haven’t but I would definitely like to

  27. Caroline Shepherd
    October 20, 2018 / 10:58 am

    No, but I’m going to put it on my ‘to watch’ list!

  28. janine atkin
    October 20, 2018 / 1:18 pm

    i havent watched this yet

  29. Rebecca Powell
    October 20, 2018 / 2:59 pm

    I haven’t watched this yet but I am really looking forward to starting it very soon

  30. Hayley Todd
    October 20, 2018 / 5:56 pm

    I haven’t watched the series yet, but I am recording it as I must confess to being a bit on a binge-watcher, so am trying to hold off as long as possible and watch as much as I can in one sitting!

  31. Rebecca Whatmore
    October 20, 2018 / 7:24 pm

    No, but looks good!

  32. Adrian Bold
    October 20, 2018 / 11:39 pm

    No I haven’t watched it, but would love to.

  33. Sharon Hirst
    October 21, 2018 / 6:30 am

    Yes have watched 4 episodes so far and really enjoying the series.

  34. Michelle Ferguson
    October 21, 2018 / 7:44 am

    I haven’t watched it yet, feel like I’m missing out

  35. paula cheadle
    October 21, 2018 / 9:49 am

    I have saved it until half term, then we all can sit down and watch it together

  36. Jeanette Leighton
    October 21, 2018 / 11:02 am

    I haven’t this is the first I have heard of this

  37. October 21, 2018 / 11:54 am

    Yes I absolutely love it! Haven’t read the books tho!

  38. zoe brown
    October 21, 2018 / 12:24 pm

    no i dont have the channel but would love to watch it

  39. Tammy Neal
    October 21, 2018 / 2:05 pm

    No but it looks good x

  40. Kirsteen Mackay
    October 21, 2018 / 2:37 pm

    No, I haven’t watched the series yet but it’s on my watchlist, it looks good.

  41. Nancy Bradford
    October 21, 2018 / 4:02 pm

    We are watching it now and it is soooo good.

  42. Simon Knuckey
    October 21, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    Just LOVE It, Great Viewing

  43. Kate EM Davies
    October 21, 2018 / 5:27 pm

    I haven’t watched it yet but I’ve heard good things.

  44. Denise Walton
    October 21, 2018 / 7:13 pm

    Not yet but it’s on my list to watch

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