Showmax picks up the new fantasy series, 'A Discovery of Witches'

Teresa Palmer in A Discovery of Witches. (Screengrab: YouTube)
Teresa Palmer in A Discovery of Witches. (Screengrab: YouTube)

Cape Town – Showmax, has acquired the streaming rights for A Discovery of Witches, produced by Bad Wolf. The British fantasy drama series will become available on Showmax from 1 May.

A Discovery of Witches was renewed for a second and third season in late-2018 and is based on Deborah Harkness' All Souls novel trilogy series.

In the story, a modern-day witch, Diana Bishop (Teresa Palmer) who can't control her powers, and a vampire, Matthew Clairmont (Matthew Goode) work together to solve a mystery.

Diana, a descendant of the Salem witches, is reluctant to use her powers or to be a witch until she discovers (or it actually allows her to find) a magical, hidden book, Ashmole 782, in Oxford's Bodleian Library, filled with magical secrets.

Despite an enduring mistrust between witches and vampires (in a world filled with all kinds of others good and evil magical creatures like daemons), Diana agrees to work with Matthew – a 1 500 year old vampire – to protect the magical book. Meanwhile, a forbidden romance blooms as they come up against various threats lurking just beneath and all around seemingly ordinary society and hiding in plain sight.

A Discovery of Witches has already been sold in 84 territories with the first season that was broadcast on the Sky pay-TV service in the United Kingdom and snapped up by the BBC America channel for the United States.

With the cancelled Shadowhunters on Netflix ending soon with its final episodes, the 8-episode first season of A Discovery of Witches is a great new show for viewers who love series like Teen Wolf, Vampire Diaries and True Blood.


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