Trailer: A Discovery of Witches starring Matthew Goode
Supernatural fantasy drama A Discovery of Witches makes its long-awaited comeback with fans champing at the bit for the forthcoming instalment. The new series will see central lovers Matthew de Clermont (played by Matthew Goode) and Diana Bishop (Teresa Palmer) hiding in time in Elizabethan England. Express.co.uk has the lowdown on the new series including the episode count and what fans can expect.
How many episodes are in A Discovery of Witches season 2?
Season two will be launching on Friday, January 8 at 9pm.
There are 10 episodes in total airing on a weekly basis in this time slot.
This series will be longer than the first outing which was comprised of eight episodes.
Subscribers to streaming platform Now TV can also catch up on episodes via the service.
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A Discovery of Witches is adapted from the All Souls novel trilogy by author Deborah Harkness.
The new series will see Diana learning to harness her powers as she and Matthew search for the Book of Life, however, there will be danger at every turn and enemies out to get them.
Despite their love for one another, the couple will face challenges as they adjust to their new life with Diana’s power threatening them while Matthew is trying to accustom himself to a way of living from four centuries ago.
Matthew is going to be encountering a dangerous face from his past – one he never thought he would see again.
Back in the present, there will be problems for Diana’s aunts Sarah Bishop (Alex Kingston) and Emily Mather (Valarie Pettiford), who are hoping for her and Matthew’s return at some point.
They have taken shelter with witch hunter Ysabeau de Clermont (Lindsay Duncan) at her residence in Sept-Tours as they wait for news.
There is still drama in Oxford with Miriam Shephard (Aiysha Hart) and Marcus Whitmore (Edward Bluemel) trying to protect daemons Nathaniel Wilson (Daniel Ezra) and Sophie Norman (Aisling Loftus) from dangers with fears for her child.
If word gets outs Sophie is expecting a witch, those within the Congregation who wish to destroy them could seek them out.
Amid all of this, Gerbert d’Aurillac (Trevor Eve) and Peter Knox (Owen Teale) will be trying to locate Diana and Matthew as they carefully go over all the clues.
Both Matthew and Diana will be going on a life-changing journey which will mark them forever with the pair emerging from the end of the series as completely different to the ones viewers meet at the start.
Along with most of the cast from the first series returning, season two will see some new faces including Tom Hughes as playwright Christopher “Kit” Marlowe, Steven Cree as Gallowglass and Dame Shield Hancock as Goody Alsopp.
Teasing what fans could expect from the second outing, star Goode explained: “The book is great.
“You pop the first one down and pick up another. Deb writes fantastically good stories.
“They are dense and there’s a lot of material, so you want to mine that as much as possible.
“In season two, Matthew reassumes the identity of Matthew Roydon.
“He was Lord Burghley’s right-hand man and, basically, 007 for the Queen.
“It’s a much darker season and I think we start to see Diana’s character become strong, not only with magic, but in a society that’s very patriarchal.”
A Discovery of Witches season 2 will premiere on Sky One and Now TV on January 8 at 9pm
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