Jul 19, 2018 04:58 PM EST

Sundance Now and Shudder Acquire A Discovery of Witches

Sundance Now and Shudder Acquire A Discovery of Witches
Sundance Now and Shudder have announced their joint acquisition of the Sky original production, "A Discovery of Witches." The series stars Emmy® nominated actor Matthew Goode ("The Crown," "Downton Abbey"), Teresa Palmer (Hacksaw Ridge), Alex Kingston ("ER," "Doctor Who"), Valarie Pettiford ("Being Mary Jane") and Owen Teale ("Game of Thrones"). The series will stream on both services. 

"This captivating story is filled with intrigue, romance and magic and set in spectacular locations that underscore those very qualities," said Jan Diedrichsen, General Manager, Sundance Now.  "We are thrilled to see Deborah Harkness' books brought to life in such an inspired way with such a charismatic cast and talented crew. The result is binge-worthy television at its best and we know that ‘A Discovery of Witches' will appeal to both the premium drama fans at Sundance Now and the genre fans at Shudder."

"‘A Discovery of Witches' is a big, bold series with witches, vampires and daemons caught up in an all-too human drama that's enthralling from the opening minute. It's unlike anything else on TV and we're excited to bring it to Shudder members as part of this unique partnership," added Craig Engler, General Manager, Shudder.

The series was filmed at UK's Wolf Studios Wales and on location in Oxford. It tells a love story that begins against the backdrop of Oxford academic life, in a world where small numbers of witches, vampires and daemons live and work, unseen amongst humans, hiding in plain sight. Teresa Palmer is the brilliant historian Diana Bishop, a reluctant witch denying her heritage. The discovery of a bewitched manuscript in Oxford's Bodleian Library throws her into the heart of a dangerous mystery - and into the path of the enigmatic vampire and geneticist, Matthew Clairmont (Matthew Goode), who hides a dark family secret.

The eight-episode drama is produced by Bad Wolf -- the creative team behind "The Night Of," "Doctor Who," "Torchwood," "Da Vinci's Demons" and the forthcoming adaptation of Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials." It is based off the bestselling novel of the same name by Deborah Harkness. 

Sundance Now is  AMC Networks' direct-to-consumer SVOD service featuring high quality dramas, comedies and crime thrillers, and Shudder is the leading premium streaming service for thriller, suspense and horror.
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