Sky orders Season 2 and 3 of A Discovery of Witches
Staff Reporter | On 03, Nov 2018Reading time: 2 mins
A Discovery of Witches will continue for two more seasons, Sky has confirmed.
Adapted from Deborah Harkness’s bestselling All Souls trilogy of novels, the fantasy horror drama takes place in a world where witches, vampires and daemons secretly live and work alongside humans, hidden in plain sight. The modern-day love story, starring Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer, was a huge success for Sky One this autumn. Season 1 launched in September on Sky One, bewitching almost 2 million fans, making it the biggest drama on sky One this year. Only six weeks after its UK premiere, A Discovery of Witches has already sold in 84 territories. This includes AMC Networks SVOD services Shudder and Sundance Now, as well as SundanceTV.
“This lavish piece of supernatural pulp is enjoyably atmospheric telly,” we wrote in our spoiler-free review of the opening episodes, praising it for “quietly assembling a mythology that’s far more complex than its surface-level swooning would suggest”, from political conflicts to mythological twists.
Now, Sky has commissioned Season 2 and 3 from producers Bad Wolf. The second will pick up as Matthew (Matthew Goode) and Diana (Teresa Palmer) are in Elizabethan London, where they must find a powerful witch teacher. In the present day, Diana’s beloved aunts, Sarah and Em, must take shelter with notorious witchhunter Ysabeau de Clermont at her ancestral home, Sept-Tours.
Season 2 will also see the return of Owen Teale (Game of Thrones), Alex Kingston (Doctor Who), Lindsay Duncan (The Honourable Woman), Valarie Pettiford (Half & Half), Edward Bluemel (The Commuter), Aiysha Hart (Line of Duty), Trevor Eve (Waking the Dead), Malin Buska (The Girl King) and Gregg Chillin (Being Human).
It will be written by Sarah Dollard (Doctor Who, Being Human) and Susie Conklin (The Musketeers, Cranford), who will also serve as an Executive Producer alongside co-founders of Bad Wolf, Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner, and Lachlan MacKinnon along with Deborah Harkness.
Tranter says: “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. We cannot wait to continue the journey with them and, as the show continues to sell around the world, expanding the global fanbase for these engaging and fascinating characters.”
Not seen the show yet? It’s available on-demand for Sky customers until 2nd December 2018. Don’t have Sky? You can also watch it online legally on NOW TV, which gives live and on-demand streaming access to Sky’s main TV channels, including FOX UK (The Walking Dead) and Sky Atlantic (Sharp Objects), for £7.99 a month – with no contract and a 7-day free trial.