A television adaptation of Deborah Harkness's All Souls book trilogy, which centers on a mystical historian who is raised by her lesbian witch aunts, made its debut last night on the U.K. channel Sky One, and audiences are already asking for more.
The lesbian witch couple in A Discovery of Witches consists of Sarah Bishop and her longtime partner, Emily Mather. The two have passed on the tools for the protagonist, Diana Bishop, to fight in an ancient struggle between witches, vampires, and other supernatural creatures.
After starring in Doctor Who, Arrow, and ER, Alex Kingston plays Sarah, while Valarie Pettiford portrays Emily. Diana is played by Warm Bodies' Teresa Palmer.
Sarah, who is a descendant of the first witch executed at Salem, is respected in the sorceress community for her noble heritage.
“She has a temperamental nature, a famously short fuse, is intensely loyal and has a long-standing addiction to coffee. Her prize possession is the Bishop grimoire, the family’s ancient spell book," the show's summary reads. "Where her partner Emily is thoughtful and measured, Sarah is a firecracker who says exactly what’s on her mind, consequences be damned."
Emily is gifted with visions, and the show teases that she's keeping a family secret.
After its pilot aired, the show is already getting buzz.
I just saw the first episode of A Discovery of Witches and now I'm in love.
— | 79 (@aelinej) September 17, 2018
A Discovery of Witches may be a fantasy but it nails the reality that whenever you go to a library the exact book you need is somehow always missing
— Paul Ritchie (@thevoiceofpaul) September 14, 2018
— Wise Old Queen (@WiseOldQueen) September 15, 2018
I am almost 100% certain that:
a) A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES is going to be utterly naff
b) I am going to love it.
— Gemma Varnom (@gemmavarnom) September 14, 2018
a discovery of witches' first episode was amazing! also i would die for teresa palmer's eyes pic.twitter.com/LPdlgE5fa4
— lâl (@kcassidycanary) September 17, 2018
But for British lovers of queer TV, there's only one question left:
Killing Eve or A Discovery of Witches tonight?
— Erin Kelly (@mserinkelly) September 15, 2018