A Discovery of Witches TV
News on the television adaptation of A Discovery of Witches and the All Souls Trilogy.
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Jane and Bad Wolf represent my dream team for bringing the trilogy to life. Every conversation we have had about the books shows how thoroughly they understand the All Souls World and how deeply they’re committed to creating something very special with this series.
A glance at the projects they’ve been involved with—including the reboot of Dr. Who, Life on Mars, Waking the Dead, MI5/Spooks, Torchwood, David Copperfield, Silent Witness, Ashes to Ashes, The Way We Live Now, and Rome—makes it clear that they are drawn to compelling characters and storylines with twists that keep viewers tuning in for each new episode.
At the moment we are unable to confirm the involvement of a broadcaster, either in the US or the UK, though we hope to make this announcement soon. In the meantime, I know my readers will give Jane and her team at Bad Wolf full support and encouragement as they tackle this huge undertaking.
The newest member of the #ADiscoveryofWitches television family is Daniel Ezra!
This extraordinary actor is playing the role of Nathaniel Wilson, one of our daemons and member of the Conventicle. He is half of our pair of revolutionaries along with Edward Bluemel (Marcus).
Join me in welcoming Daniel to the All Souls family. If you are interested in seeing more of Daniel, you can see a marvelous portfolio of portraits, entitled “Othello Reborn,” by photographers Meet the Masons: https://the-dots.com/projects/othello-reborn-daniel-ezra-95848
Meet Tabitha, aka “ma petite.”
This is Amber, a superior sort of feline, taking a well-deserved diva nap between takes. She was unavailable for comment at this time.
Thank you to Bad Wolf for tirelessly negotiating with Ms. Amber’s (no last name, like Cher) agents and representatives for this inside scoop
Alex Kingston (ER, Dr. Who): Sarah Bishop
Valarie Pettiford (The Blacklist, Fosse): Emily Mather
Tanya Moodie (Sherlock): Agatha Wilson
Lindsay Duncan (Sherlock, Dr. Who, Gifted): Ysabeau de Clermont
Our “meet the team Tuesdays” continue with the talented Alice Troughton, our director for the second block of shooting, i.e. episodes 3, 4, and 5.
What’s covered in these episodes? Let’s see…
Sept-Tours. Meeting Ysabeau. Witchwater. BUNDLING. Should I go on??
When I started this TV lark, I didn’t realize that directors on series changed at fairly regular intervals. That makes sense, in retrospect, because the directors are also the ones who do all the post-production editing (including working with sound and special effects). So while the first block director is finishing up with shooting this week, Alice is just starting with block 2. Then, as the first block moves into post-production, Alice will keep shooting the second block through the rest of this year before heading to the editing studio as the as-yet-to-be-named director for Block 3 takes the helm. Complicated, yes?
What’s not complicated at all is that Alice is a PERFECT choice to direct this show. She comes to us with credits that include directing Dr. Who, Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Merlin, Atlantis, and The Living and the Dead. Pretty impressive resume!
Once again, ladies and gentlemen, we are in very good hands. I know that you will all welcome Alice to the All Souls Family. You can follow her on twitter at @alicetroughton, and on Instagram @alicetroughton1408.
One of them is Matthieu Beny, played by British actor Freddie Thorpe. He’s in Venice this week for the final week of Block 1 (eps. 1 & 2) filming. Welcome to the All Souls Family, Freddie! We can’t wait for everybody to find out about your role in our story.
We’ll have more announcements over the next week as we segue into Block 2 (eps 3, 4, 5) so stay tuned here and on other social media so you don’t miss them!
From DP Suzie Lavelle’s instagram feed. She writes “Rigging day! Boats for trucks!”
It’s the final week of the block #1 (eps. 1 and 2) shooting schedule for A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES. That means director Juan Carlos Medina, First Assistant Director Helen Ostler, and Director of Photography Suzie Lavelle, with their cast and crew, are on location in VENICE.
No. I’m not there. Like you, I’m scouring Instagram for shots like these, and living vicariously through social media.
Wondering why we’re in Venice in episodes 1 and 2? Remember: the book is mostly from Diana’s point of view. The television show isn’t. That means while Diana is in Oxford meeting Matthew, some of our other characters are in Venice, plotting and planning…
Enjoy the photos, all taken by cast and crew members. Hop over to Instagram for more. While block #1 is shooting in Venice, block #2 starts on Monday in Wales. More to come!
View from the Fondaco dei Tedeschi. From Helen Ostler’s Instagram feed
Juan Carlos Medina, Helen Ostler, and Suzie Lavelle–high powered production meeting in progress!! photo from @adiscoveryofwitchestv on Instagram
Venice’s colors are like nowhere else on earth. Photo by @adiscoveryofwitchestv on Instagram
Director Juan Carlos Medina (far left), and DP Suzie Lavelle (center) at work in Venice. Photo from @adiscoveryofwitchestv on Instagram
“Passing by the dome of the Radcliffe Camera, where the undergraduates read their assigned books, and the medieval walls of Jesus College, I went shopping along the aisles of Oxford’s Covered Market.”
I’ve just returned home from Oxford. I joined the cast and crew during their week filming in the city of dreaming spires. We saw lots of fans, and it was magical to be there at exactly the right time of year.
Here are some pictures taken by me and other members of the crew that refer back to the sentence above to help put you in the mood for Matthew and Diana’s romantic dinner.
Diana Bishop (Teresa Palmer) out and about Oxford.
Photo of the Radcliffe Camera captured by a member of our fabulous crew, Jake Pope. (jakep5552 on Instagram). Only a professional could have captured this glorious shot!
“Racks of white and yellow boats greeted me inside. There were big, eight-seated boats for the first men’s crew, slightly leaner boats for the women, and other boats of decreasing quality and size.”
The fact is, I really did row at Oxford. Between 1991 and 1993 (while I was researching my PhD dissertation as a Fulbright Scholar) I was a member of the Keble College Boat Club, and competed in the Women’s Second Eight and the Women’s First Eight. For a few weeks I was even in the Women’s Blue Boat Development Squad–but a combination of my academic obligations and my status as a non-matriculated student put the brakes on that plan! Rowing really did save my life during some pretty stressful years, when it would have been all too easy for me to stay in the library or my room and never go outside. In the boat club I got exercise, mental space, and the comradeship of some extraordinary women and men I still call friends more than two decades later. (KEEEEE-BULLLLLE)
Teresa Palmer, our Diana, has been in training for the rowing scenes in A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES, and we have been out and about scouting locations in Oxford. Rowing is a beautiful sport, and we can’t wait to bring it’s beauty and power to the screen!
It’s never too late to start rowing, by the way. Check your local area for rowing clubs and boat houses that offer lessons. It’s a fantastic, low-impact sport that improves cardiovascular function, muscle strength, balance–and teamwork.