Magic power-couple Diana and Matthew will be officially returning to our screens in January in season two of A Discovery of Witches, Sky has lately confirmed.
It has been a very long wait for fans, who last saw the untrained witch and her vampire company over two decades ago, but thankfully season two is expected to arrive in the New Year with ten episodes which are put to feature a fair amount of time-travelling, Elizabethan-style outfits plus a fierce battle between various magic clans in the event the new trailer is anything to go by.
Based on Deborah Harkness’ All Souls publication series, A Discovery of Witches follows historian and reluctant witch Diana (Teresa Palmer), who forms an unlikely partnership with mysterious vampire Matthew Clairmont (Matthew Goode) after she finds an eldest manuscript in Oxford’s Bodleian Library.
While many members of the established A Discovery of Witches throw be reprising their roles in the upcoming episodes, year two can also be set to welcome beginners Steven Cree (Outlander, Maleficent) and James Purefoy (The subsequent, Modified Carbon) in fresh, interesting characters.
Here’s everything you need to know about A Discovery of Witches season two.
When is A Discovery of Witches season 2 release date?
After confirming a Discovery of Witches year two would be arriving in the New Year, Sky has shown that the fantasy drama will formally return on Friday 8th January 2021.
CONFIRMED: #ADiscoveryOfWitches Series 2. January 2021.
— Sky TV (@skytv) August 6, 2020
According to director Farren Blackburn, the next period wrapped filming in late January 2020, and while this meant it dodged the filming constraints of this coronavirus lockdown it seems probable the manufacturing shutdown may have slowed post-production and editing on the series.
— Farren Blackburn (@FarrenBlackburn) January 7, 2020
A Discovery of Witches season 2 trailer
In October, Sky dropped a first-look trailer for A Discovery of Witches’ second year, in which we see Diana and Matthew time-travel into Elizabethan London, where Diana goes searching for “England’s most powerful witch” and a missing strong book which promises immortality.
Meanwhile, the Clairmonts prepare for occasions”that endanger the future of [their] family”, while Diana promises to stay by Matthew’s side while he is”dragging her through a warfare” that is on the horizon.
Who’s in the cast of A Discovery of Witches?
Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer will be reprising their roles in A Discovery of Witches period two, as youthful historian/witch Diana Bishop and centuries-old vampire Matthew Clairmont.
Victoria celebrity Tom Hughes is joining the cast for the new episodes, place to play real life Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe, whose work is still performed and studied to this day.
“I am excited about stepping into Deborah’s fantastical world to play such a fascinating guy as Kit Marlowe,” Hughes told RadioTimes.com. “With a rich background to draw from, Kit’s darkness and mercurial nature will be delight to delve into.”
Sky afterwards announced a slate of brand new additions to the cast, most notably Sheila Hancock (Unforgotten) as seasoned witch Goody Alsop, James Purefoy (Sex Education) as vampire Philippe and Steven Cree (Outlander) as Matthew’s nephew, Gallowglass.
Lindsay Duncan also stars in the series as Matthew’s mother Ysabeau, together with Doctor Who is Alex Kingston playing a vital role as Diana’s aunt and guardian Sarah Bishop.
In addition, Louise Brealey, Owen Teale, Aisling Loftus, Greg McHugh, Elarica Johnson and Valarie Pettiford feature in the supporting cast.