This is a review of the first two episodes of Sky One’s A Discovery of Witches based on the trilogy of books by Deborah Harkness. This article is a personal opinion only.
Firstly I have never read the books or heard of them before seeing there would be a series.
I had first seen a trailer for the upcoming series a couple of weeks ago and I thought this will be good. It seemed enticing and a good story line, exactly what a trailer is meant to do, make you watch the programme. After doing a little research I saw that it was based on a trilogy of books, usually a series translated from book to screen is very good.
The first episode was shown on Friday 14th September, with the second a week later on the 21st. So far I have enjoyed them, as I can see where the plot line may go. But the one problem was that I felt wanting more. For the roughly 45 minutes (approx. without adverts) I felt that there was a lot of walking around, I wanted more action.
So far I understand there is a book which is very important to the existence of creatures. The character of Diana Bishop played by Teresa Palmer (Bedtime stories) is a witch and is the only one to see the book in centuries, now everyone wants it. There is also a vampire called Matthew Clairmont. A charming man played by Matthew Goode (Downtown Abbey). There is a lot of chemistry between the two characters, which is exciting and intriguing.
Overall it looks like it will be a slow burner of a series but it might pick up further down the line. For me it would have been great to see the first two episodes back to back like Sky One have done with other series, rather than wait a week. It looks like a series I will thoroughly enjoy. I am looking forward to seeing more.