Series Premiere: January 17, 2019
Diana Bishop, a historian and part-time witch, stumbles across an ancient book of spells in Oxford’s library and unlocks the dangerous hidden world of sorcery, vampires, and a cultish evil agenda. Witches are back, baby! Since being adopted as feminist iconography, the concept of magical females has evolved past the haggish, nefarious villains of old towards powerful, complex and, more recently, sexually liberated women that have become the stars of their own worlds. A Discovery of Witches feels like the perfect successor to The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, the Netflix original that, despite some moments of Riverdale-esque soap opera, managed to balance a perfect allegory of female disenfranchisement on top of an occult story for teens. Based on Deborah Harkness’s All Souls Trilogy of novels, A Discovery of Witches ramps up the stakes in comparison to Sabrina, pitching a stylish and intriguing mystery against the epic backdrop of a war between worlds that might just become the next Game of Thrones. Features an all-star cast including Teresa Palmer (Hacksaw Ridge) and Matthew Goode (The Crown) as well as BBC staples Louise Brealey (Sherlock) and Alex Kingston (Doctor Who). Having already premiered in the UK to an extremely warm reception, international audiences should prepare for a visual treat in the new year.