Adapted from Deborah Harkness’s bestselling All Souls trilogy of books, the Sky original production, A Discovery of Witches – which launched in September and was produced by Bad Wolf – proved to be one of the biggest successes for Sky One this year. The announcement came today that two more seasons have been commissioned to fill-out the original trilogy by Harkness that pits witches, vampires and daemons against each other in love and time-spanning power-plays.
“Season one was a brilliant introduction to the All Souls world and the love story between Diana and Matthew. We can’t wait for the show’s fans to continue the journey with seasons two and three, become more enchanted by the characters and watch the magic further unfold,” Anne Mensah, Sky’s head of drama, said in a statement.
In the second season, Matthew (played by Matthew Goode of Watchmen and Downton Abbey fame) and Diana (played by Teresa Palmer from Hacksaw Ridge) are hiding in olden times, specifically in the fascinating and treacherous world of Elizabethan London – here they must find a powerful witch teacher to help Diana control her magic and search for the elusive ‘Book of Life’. Back 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. Meanwhile, in Oxford, Marcus and Miriam take on Matthew’s mantle to protect daemons Nathaniel and Sophie, whose pregnancy is advancing. And Gerbert, Knox, Satu and Domenico are determined to hunt down every clue they can to Diana’s and Matthew’s disappearance, and the secrets their allies are keeping from them…
Jane Tranter the Executive Producer at Bad Wolf (named after the story-arc she oversaw in the first season of the modern Doctor Who) said “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.”