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A Discovery Of Witches

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A Discovery Of Witches A Discovery Of Witches [Season 1, Episode 1]
Shown 14 Sep 18

Diana Bishop ( Teresa Palmer ), a historian, has tried to deny her heritage as a witch. She discovers a long-lost manuscript much sought-after by demonic forces.

Matthew Clairmont (Matthew Goode - Watchmen ) is a vampire who happens to be a geneticist, or perhaps the other way round. He needs to find the magic book in order to solve its mysteries. The characters find it necessary to enter into a forbidden team-up.

This is based on the first book in the All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness .

A Discovery Of Witches A Discovery Of Witches [Season 1, Episode 2]
Shown 21st September 2018 [Friday]

This starts in Venice. A tweenage boy hooks up with a mixed-race supermodel-looking girl - Juliette Durand ( Elarica Johnson ). Unfortunately one of them is a vampire. Is this fem-jep, or is the victim just a piece of meat that we have no compassion for?

Matthew Clairmont (Matthew Goode - Watchmen ) goes to visit a friendly demon who lives in the Scottish Highlands. The plan is to go deer-hunting, without a rifle. This allows some lovely helicopter footage of the landscape, which is a nice counterpoint to the spactacular photography of the medieval Oxbridge Uni buildings the show is filmed at.

Diana Bishop ( Teresa Palmer ) is under pressure from the witches. They want the book so they can un-make the vampire species. However, Clairmont has discovered that all magical species are in decline. As illustrated in the previous episode, some Vampires are now incapable of siring new vamps.

A Discovery Of Witches A Discovery Of Witches [Season 1, Episode 3]
Shown 28th September 2018 [Friday]

The vampires of Venice have heard the rumours about Matthew Clairmont (Matthew Goode - Watchmen ) and his association with a witch. They send the sidekick from DaVinci's Demons to investigate.

Matthew has a not-a-date with Diana Bishop ( Teresa Palmer ). All this does is invite unfavourable comparisons with other shows. It lacks the action-comedy of Buffy the Vampire Slayer , the more serious action of police procedural Ultraviolet , the romance of the Twilight series, and anything else that would make it exciting. A lack of interesting characters and plot mean it is barely watchable.

A Discovery Of Witches A Discovery Of Witches [Season 1, Episode 4]
Shown 5th October 2018 [Friday]

Matthew Clairmont (Matthew Goode - Watchmen ) takes Diana Bishop ( Teresa Palmer ) to France. This is not a romantic getaway, although he does take her to meet his mother - Ysabeau de Clermont ( Lindsay Duncan ).

The Witches want the magic book for themselves, or at least to prevent Matthew and the Vamps from getting it. They make an official complaint to the Congregation, a secret council of vampire and witch elders, about his association with a witch. The Congregation's factions are divided by in-fighting, but they send the sidekick from DaVinci's Demons to investigate.

Matthew tells Diana that her parents were murdered by other Witches. Yes, now she has the Inigo Montoya motivation for a subplot.

A Discovery Of Witches A Discovery Of Witches [Season 1, Episode 5]
Shown 12th October 2018 [Friday]

The star-crossed lovers finally consumate their forbidden relationship. This completely ignores the age gap - she is about twenty-five, he is fifty going on two thousand. Also, there is their complete lack of chemistry to think about. This is the poor version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Twilight .

A Discovery Of Witches A Discovery Of Witches [Season 1, Episode 6]
Shown 19th October 2018 [Friday]

Diana Bishop ( Teresa Palmer ) has been kidnapped by Satu, a witch someone so powerful she can fly. Satu is working with the villainous Venetian vampire, but the witch has first dibs on the interrogation.

Matthew Clairmont (Matthew Goode - Watchmen ) is willing to go to any lengths to get his lover back. He will fight anyone, even his own brother or the whole congregation, and will start a war between vampires and witches if he has to. This seems less than logical, since he is supposed to be a strategic thinker thousands of years old.

A Discovery Of Witches A Discovery Of Witches [Season 1, Episode 7]
Shown 26th October 2018 [Friday]

Diana Bishop ( Teresa Palmer ) takes Matthew Clairmont (Matthew Goode - Watchmen ) to help dig up her past. They visit Sarah Bishop ( Alex Kingston ), and Diana gets a flashback of her birth-mother ( Sophia Miles ).

Diana, now unbound, is the strongest witch imaginable. Her flashbacks are 3-D holograms that other people can see, and she can literally teleport. Yes, she is a one-woman force-field technology unit. Naturally the witches and the vamps are unhappy about this development. The sidekick from DaVinci's Demons stirs things up.

The storyline starts to move a bit faster. Matthew starts to train Diana, and gets passionate with her. They call in his lab assistants to help secure the ranch. However, they may be vamps but they are not warriors.

A Discovery Of Witches A Discovery Of Witches [Season 1, Episode 8]
Shown 2nd November 2018 [Friday]

Matthew's ex-lover attacks his new lover. This was certainly not a smart move on the attacker's side. Vampires' powers are limited to Celerity (super-speed) and immortality. In comparison, Witches use flight, telekinesis and pyrokinesis. The bloodsuckers are completely out-matched!

Diana has the power of teleportation. Now she discovers she can teleport not merely through space, but also through time. She and Matthew plan to go back in time together.

Satu is put on trial for her actions by the Congregation. This gives the vamps another opportunity to plot against each other and make alliances.

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A Discovery Of Witches

A Discovery Of Witches A Discovery Of Witches [Season 1 , Episode 1 ]
Shown th November 2018 [Friday]

Reviewed in our special supplement A Discovery Of Witches

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