Author of the widely successful All Souls Trilogy book series Deborah Harkness led the San Diego Comic Con panel of the TV adaptation, named after the series’ first book A Discovery of Witches, and teased new clips of the highly-anticipated show. First, the cast and crew dropped news that the show, by Sky One Productions, has been picked up by both Sundance Now and Shudder for its U.S. release. While a formal air date is yet to be confirmed, fans can rest easy knowing that the U.S. distribution is on the horizon (as well as Canada, Harkness confirms!)
Following the panel, Deborah visited the press roundtables with one of the series’ stars, Owen Teale (you may remember him as Sir Alliser Thorne from Game of Thrones!), who plays wizard and villain Peter Knox in A Discovery of Witches. Owen dives into his famous role from Thrones (fans will remember him as Jon Snow’s nemesis at The Wall) and how that villain and the one he portrays in Witches are both played out in the best way due to the writing and development of both series.
Deborah discusses the insane set production behind the series, including an (almost exact!) replica of the Bodleian Library. Deborah described how truly breathtaking the set was—especially given that she’s spent almost a decade studying in the real library itself!
Deborah Harkness and Owen Teale talk A Discovery of Witches villains and the show’s incredible sets (in two parts below)
More A Discovery of Witches coverage at SDCC 2018:
The series will make its debut in the U.S. and Canada on a date to be confirmed, with all episodes available simultaneously on both Sundance Now and Shudder, marking the first partnership of this kind for the two SVOD services. SundanceTV has also acquired second window linear rights to the series. The series debuts in the UK this September.
Featured image: Sky One Productions