Matthew Goode (The Good Wife) and Teresa Palmer (Hacksaw Ridge) have been set as the co-leads in Sky1’s Deborah Harkness adaptation A Discovery Of Witches, which hails from Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner’s indie Bad Wolf.
Based on the novel of the same name, 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.
The discovery of a manuscript in Oxford’s Bodleian Library throws Diana (Palmer) 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.
The adaptation, which has been in development at Bad Wolf for more than a year before recently landing at Sky, was penned by Kate Brooke, who will also serve as showrunner. It was commissioned for Sky1 by Sky’s Head of Drama Anne Mensah and Director of Sky1 Adam MacDonald. Jane Tranter will serve as the executive producer, while Juan Carlos Medina (Painless) is attached to direct. Production is set to get underway next month at the new Wolf Studios in Wales and on location in Oxford. Sky Vision will handle global sales.
“A Discovery Of Witches is a proper love story for grown-ups. However, the fact that it also examines science, magic and being ‘other’ in the modern world makes it a must watch”, said Sky’s Head of Drama Anne Mensah. “Deborah Harkness and Kate Brooke have given us a drama that packs both an emotional and thought-provoking punch. With the breathtaking vision of director Juan Carlos Medina and the Bad Wolf team, I feel very confident we are offering our customers something truly magical.”