A Discovery of Witches, the television series adaptation of Deborah Harkness’ fantasy trilogy, doesn’t yet have a U.S. distributor (that’s been announced). But this week brings an extended new look at the story of witch Diana Bishop (Teresa Palmer), vampire Matthew Clairmont (Matthew Goode), and the coveted tome that is Ashmole 782.
The fresh footage lays out the plot of the series, which is directly lifted from the books. While at Oxford, Diana, “an astonishingly powerful” but untrained witch, stumbles upon a magical tome that’s long been sought by the three magical species: witches, vampires, and daemons.
The discovery garners the attention of Matthew, one of those searching for the book, but his attraction to Diana complicates matters as other mysterious and dangerous forces come looking for the tome and the only known witch who was able to conjure it.
There’s the Covenant, the governing body of mystical creatures, that prevents “interspecies relationships.” But things, as you can plainly see, get steamy anyway as a magical war threatens to break out.
Also spotted in the trailer are Alex Kingston (Doctor Who) as Diana’s aunt Sarah Bishop, Valarie Pettiford (The Blacklist) as Sarah’s partner Emily Mather, Lindsey Duncan (The Leftovers) as Matthew’s mother Ysabeau, Owen Teale (Game of Thrones) as power-hungry witch Peter Knox, Edward Bluemel (House Finch) as vampire Marcus, and Daniel Ezra (BBC’s Undercover) as daemon Nathaniel Wilson.
A Discovery of Witches, from Bad Wolf and Sky Productions, will air on Sky One this year in the U.K. Harkness reiterates in a post on Facebook that she doesn’t “have any more broadcaster information I can share for other countries.” So for everyone else, the search for a premiere date continues.