“It begins with absence and desire.

It begins with blood and fear.

It begins with a discovery of witches.” – Deborah Harkness

If you are not yet a fan of the All Souls Trilogy, now is the time to get onboard. Bad Wolf Productions, the company producing the television adaptation, and Deborah Harkness, author of the series, made their first casting announcement today.

Long-time fans of the series are thrilled with Australian actress Teresa Palmer as reluctant witch Diana Bishop and English actor Matthew Goode as sexy vampire Matthew Clairmont. The series is rich with history, magic, science and romance.

To get caught up on all the latest news, Deb kindly provided a wrap-up of today’s announcements and several links to interviews and such:

First up: our Diana and Matthew have been cast! I’m over the moon that Teresa Palmer (Hacksaw Ridge, Berlin Syndrome) and Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey, The Imitation Game) are the lead actors in the A Discovery of Witches series.

UK and Ireland viewers will be able to watch it sometime next year as a Sky Original production made by Bad Wolf TV on Sky 1 and Now TV. Other broadcasters around the globe will be announced in the weeks ahead. WE WILL TELL YOU WHEN WE CAN. WE PROMISE.

Our head writer and showrunner is Kate Brooke (Mr. Selfridge, The Forsyte Saga). I will be introducing you to her more fully on Monday, 28 August, here on Facebook and across my social channels.

Our director for the first episodes is Juan Carlos Medina (The Limehouse Golem, Painless)

You can read the official press release here: https://www.skygroup.sky/…/new-sky-original-production-a-di…

Stories have appeared around the web and around the world. Here are a few highlights:

EW: http://ew.com/…/matthew-goode-teresa-palmer-a-discovery-of…/

My interview with EW: http://ew.com/…/deborah-harkness-a-discovery-of-witches-ca…/

Deadline: http://deadline.com/…/a-discovery-of-witches-teresa-palmer…/

Variety: http://variety.com/…/matthew-goode-teresa-palmer-star-a-di…/

The Workprint: https://www.theworkprint.com/discovery-witches-leads-ge…/123

Filmstarts: http://www.filmstarts.de/nachrichten/18514183.html

AdoroCinema: http://www.adorocinema.com/noticias/series/noticia-133430/

Filming begins in the next couple of weeks, so more information should start filtering down to the fans. I’m excited to see the first glimpses of the sets and locations, especially the Bodleian Library and, of course, stills of Matthew and Teresa in character.

In other news, fans of the book series held the first ever All Souls Conference in Los Angeles back in September of 2015. You can read all about how much fun we had here. Deb was there, along with Jennifer Ikeda, the wonderful actress who records the audio version of the books, and Thomas Gunter – the actor who played fan-favorite, Scottish vampire Gallowglass for our joyful amusement for the day. See what a blast we had!


Unfortunately, there was no All Souls Con held in 2016, but there is one being held in New Orleans on September 23, 2017. Yours truly will be attending, and you can bet I’ll make a full report from NOLA. Tickets are still available as well as a free live-stream of the event. Deb will be there again along with author/illustrator Colleen Madden and a few other literary guest.

Finally, as a special treat, I whipped up a mini poster in honor of today’s announcement. I hope you like it!


13 thoughts on “A Discovery of Witches Begins

  1. I recently read, and really enjoyed, A Discovery of Witches. I didn’t know it was a series! I was wondering how Diana and Matthew were doing in 1590 and how she learns to control her magic. So excited now to know the story continues. Shadow Night here I come!

  2. You’re the best! Love your musings and thank you for this update. Wildly excited (though I don’t love the casting choice but it’s always better in ones imagination and I’ll be open-minded).
    When I read the first book – at its conclusion, I flipped it back to the beginning and read it over again. I was enthralled. I’m a speed reader so there are always new details to pick up. Might have to re-read this again in anticipation of the series. Thanks again!

    1. Hi, Theresa. All I can say is, let’s give the production and actors a chance. They might surprise you when they take on the roles and transform themselves into vampire Matthew and black-spandex Diana. Personally, I hope they give her something else to wear besides black leggings. Lol. And thanks for reading! So glad you enjoy my ramblings.

  3. Hi Candida,

    Perhaps it’s my gullibility, but does the book “Highlander Paradise” exist? I enjoy time travel stories and wondered if it truly was a book available to read.

    Regards, Jeanne

    Sent from my iPhone


    1. Hi, Jeanne. No, Highlander Paradise does not really exist. I just wanted to do something fun with my photograph with Tommy. He was quite the sport. Everyone else took a standard picture, standing beside him. When it came to my turn, I asked if we could pose as if on the cover of a romance novel. Then I created that fake cover. I’m glad you liked it!

  4. Thank you for the heads up! Teresa Palmer is TERRIFIC choice! I am near the end of 2nd book and will be starting the Book of Life by next month – yay!!

  5. love these books!

    On Tue, Aug 22, 2017 at 8:05 PM, Candida’s Musings wrote:

    > Candida_LN posted: “”It begins with absence and desire. It begins with > blood and fear. It begins with a discovery of witches.” – Deborah Harkness > If you are not yet a fan of the All Souls Trilogy, now is the time to get > onboard. Bad Wolf Productions, the company producing ” >

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