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FROM BOOK TO SCREEN: A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES WITH SKY ONE AND NOW TV

THIS IS A PAID COLLABORATION WITH SKY ONE AND NOW TV

I've always had a slight inclination that there may be something a bit different about me, at last week I finally discovered the secret. I'm not human after all, in fact I'm actually a vampire. Fear not though, as I feel that I may be more of an Edward Cullen vegetarian vampire at the moment, who would rather feast on animals than humans. How do I know I'm a vampire? Well I've had a very high tech procedure done, courtesy of Sky One and Now TV, where my DNA was tested to see whether I was a plain human, a daemon, a witch or a vampire. The procedure took place in Oxford on the 6th September and involved a swab of my DNA and a complicated multiple choice test to find out what type of creature I am. Ok, the test wasn't too invasive, or too complicated, but I completely trust the results.

A witch weighing chair, with A Discovery of Witches written in front


So your next question is probably, why are Sky One in Oxford, on a Thursday, taking DNA samples from the general public to find out whether they are a human? Well, it was in aid of promoting, and celebrating, the release of their brand new original show, A Discovery of Witches. Based on the books from the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness, A Discovery of Witches is full of deamons, witches and vampires who are all searching for the same book....and one witch has just discovered it.


A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES BY DEBORAH HARKNESS


The new series, which will be available on Sky One and Now Tv, and premieres on Friday the 14th September at 9PM in the UK, is based on the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. The first book in the series is called "A Discovery of Witches" and this is where the television series takes its name from.

The Blurb for A Discovery of Witches reads:

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

If that doesn't wet your appetite for the series, I don't know what will! I was lucky enough to meet Deborah Harkness at the event, and also managed to take a photo with her, and get her to sign me a copy of the book. I will be reading the series very soon, but I think I will be watching the first series of the show on Sky One first, as I've already had a taste of it and I know it is going to be a new addiction.



A PRIVATE SCREENING AT THE ASHMOLEUM MUSEUM


As well as finding out I was a vampire, and meeting Deborah Harkness, I was also invited along to a private screening of the first episode of A Discovery of Witches. The screening took place at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. The Ashmolean Museum is a beautiful building, and admission to the museum is free, although some of the exhibitions do have a small charge. Before watching the first episode of A Discovery of Witches, we were lucky enough to have private access to the Spellbound exhibition that is currently running at the Ashmolean Museum. The Spellbound exhibition celebrates everything to do with magic, ritual and witchcraft, and I must admit that I really enjoyed the exhibition and listening to all the knowledge that was given to us by our tour guides. I definitely saw some pretty creepy stuff, and I could have spent a fortune in the gift shop.

We were allowed to take photos of a few of the exhibits, which was a real honour as photography is usually prohibited.


This bottle is sealed, and is said to contain a witch and dates back to 1926. I really had the urge to reach in and open this to see if there really was a witch inside!


Above you can see a Poppet, or some people may say a voodoo doll of sorts. I believe this one is actually a prop from the television series, but there is also one from South Devon, that dates back to 1909 in the exhibition space.

The exhibition was full of shocking items, and I would love to go back and spend more time looking at the exhibits. One of the items that really made me think, and also baffled me was the Witch weighing chair. They used this chair to test whether someone was a witch, and if the person was heavier than two bibles, they were believed to be a witch!


As well as the items in the Spellbound exhibition, we were also able to see some props from the television series, and it was amazing to then see some of them on the screen during the first episode. I think the highlight of the props for me was a very special book, which plays a key role in the entire book series and television series. That is the Ashmole 782 Book. The Book that Diana Bishop discovers.


After looking at all the exhibits, and having a glass of prosecco, we were handing popcorn and sent through to watch the first episode of the series. I had already seen the trailer and was hoping that I would love the series, and that it wouldn't be too cheesy. I didn't want a twilight style series, I wanted it to be more grown up and dark and I can tell that it is definitely the latter. Seeing Oxford on the screen was amazing, and the show had me gripped from the opening scene. The episode ended on a cliffhanger too, and now I have to wait longer to watch the next episode, as it won't air until the 21st. You can all watch the first episode on the 14th September on Sky one if you are in the UK, and it will also be available on Now TV.

I loved watching the episode and meeting Deborah Harkness and Teresa Palmer (Who plays Diana Bishop). It is definitely a series for fans of anything fantasy, and is full of rich history too, something that I wasn't expecting. It also makes me want to move to Oxford, but I think I will have to settle for visiting!

You can watch the trailer for the series below, and make sure you tune in for the first episode at 9pm on 14th September on Sky One. A Discovery of Witches is a show that you do not want to miss.




Have you read the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness? Will you be watching the series? Let me know in the comments, or over on twitter!

THIS IS A PAID COLLABORATION WITH SKY ONE AND NOW TV
I WENT TO AN ADVANCE SCREENING COURTESY OF SKY ONE AND NOW TV IN EXCHANGE FOR THIS POST. 
I ALSO RECEIVED A COPY OF A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES BY DEBORAH HARKNESS, AND ENTRANCE TO THE SPELLBOUND EXHIBITION.
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