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A Ten-Day Countdown to the Premiere of A Discovery of Witches – Day Seven – The Adaptation!

Matthew Goode as Matthew Roydon in Season 2 of A Discovery of Witches TV

Y’all.

If you have ever listened to C&C, you know that we love talking about adaptation — the process of taking a story from one medium to another, the transposing of characters and place and themes and ideas and emotions from print to screen and vice versa. If you’ve listened to us before, you also know that we love talking about the nitty gritty of character development and plot structure in complicated books like Shadow of Night. (If you didn’t know that, may I direct you to Episode 42 – I Made Slides?)

One of the things we’re most excited to talk about in Season 2 of A Discovery of Witches TV is adaptation — how to take and distill the best parts of a story and bring them to life on-screen with detail and texture and color. Adaptation also gives you the opportunity to broaden the aperture of the story — we see scenes and stories that Diana, our first-person narrator, doesn’t experience in the books and it gives us the chance to explore our antagonists and storylines from a different perspective. No one is more adept at the art of adaptation than Bad Wolf — the production company who adapted His Dark Materials and the first season of A Discovery of Witches — and thus, we are in incredible hands for Season 2 of this series. While screen adaptations can never replicate the experience of reading a favorite book, they can provide a fascinating look at what creators and artisans see in the story that we might have missed. If you’re nervous about the adaptation of the story, we can assure you that Jane Tranter, the head of Bad Wolf TV, knows what it takes. In an episode of NPR’s All Things Considered, Jane said:

“It’s about staying true to the story that you’re telling,” she says. “No matter whether or not you’re doing a contemporary piece, or whether or not you’re doing a big fantasy like His Dark Materials. It’s all about text and performance, and a really good story with something to say.”

You can listen to Jane’s interview below, or read more about her adaptation of His Dark Materials here.

Which scene in Shadow of Night do you hope to see adapted on-screen?

We’ll celebrate the premiere of Season 2 with a live-tweet on Saturday, 9 January 2021, at 7pm EST. Use the hashtag #ccalchemy to join in the fun and keep your eyes peeled for our updated release and live tweet schedule.

In the meantime, follow us on Twitter or join our Facebook group, the Chamomile & Clove Clovers, to connect with us and other fans eagerly awaiting the return of our favorite series in just over a week!

Xoxo,

Cait and Jen

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A Ten-Day Countdown to the Premiere of A Discovery of Witches TV Season 2 – Day Eight – Characters!

Gallowglass
Steven Cree as “Gallowglass” in Season 2 of A Discovery of Witches.

Happiest 2021, Clovers and friends!

As the calendar turns over to the new year, we’re one day closer to the premiere of Season 2 of A Discovery of Witches TV on Shudder, Sundance Now, and AMC+ on 9 January 2021! If you’re anything like us, one of the things we’re most looking forward to is the appearance of beloved original characters on-screen — Goody Alsop, Pierre, Francoise, and, of course, Gallowglass! We all have our own head canon about how these characters look and sound and walk and talk, but there’s a particular kind of art and magic in seeing talented artists bring a special character to the screen. Steven Cree, our Gallowglass, is no stranger to adapting book characters — you’ve likely seen him on STARZ’s screen adaptation of Outlander as Ian Murray. In a recent interview with Radio Times, Steven gave an interview about how Outlander prepared him for playing Gallowglass. According to the article, Steven knows how important Gallowglass is to the fandom and is looking forward to seeing how such a “such a cracking character” resonates with the TV audience. Based on the Instagram photo below, we think he resonates rather nicely.

We’ll celebrate the premiere of Season 2 with a live-tweet on Saturday, 9 January 2021, at 7pm EST. Use the hashtag #ccalchemy to join in the fun and keep your eyes peeled for our updated release and live tweet schedule.

In the meantime, follow us on Twitter or join our Facebook group, the Chamomile & Clove Clovers, to connect with us and other fans eagerly awaiting the return of our favorite series in just over a week!

Which original book character are you most excited to see on-screen?

xoxox

Cait and Jen

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A Ten-Day Countdown to the Premiere of A Discovery of Witches TV Season 2 – Day Nine – Costumes!

Teresa Palmer as Diana Bishop in A Discovery of Witches TV. Image taken from trailer footage.

History is fun. Historical dress is the *most* fun. For those of you who attended All Souls Con in 2018 and 2019, you’ll probably remember Friend-of-the-Pod Amy and her incredible handmade period costumes for Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke, and Sir Walter Raleigh. If not, peep them below.

Mary!
Walter!

There’s such incredible labor that goes into making period costumes — every texture, every color, every fabric has to speak to the time period and the status of the character wearing the garment. That means that–in the name of accuracy– the brilliant team at Bad Wolf TV had to pay attention to Tudor dressing rules and sumptuary laws, which governed who could wear what (and where and when and why, etc.) and employ a vast team of artisans and craftspeople who could create the stunning items we’ve seen in previews and in snippets on Deb’s Instagram and Facebook feeds. (If you’re not following Deb on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram, you’re missing out on all sorts of good things. Fix it here.)

We’ve joked that, if we’re not careful, our coverage of Season 2 will devolve into a costume appreciation happy hour. Which costume or series of costumes do you most look forward to seeing in Season 2?

Come join our pre-season chatter on Facebook or Twitter and don’t forget to join our first Season 2 live tweet on Saturday, 9 January 2021, at 7pm EST/4pm PST. Use the hashtag #ccalchemy to play along.

Our countdown continues tomorrow! See you then!

xoxo

Cait and Jen

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A Ten-Day Countdown to the Premiere of Season 2 of A Discovery of Witches – Day Ten – History!

“The Armada Portrait” of Elizabeth I, located at Woburn Abbey, dated 1588.

Y’all. We’re only nine sleeps and a wake-up — or ten days — from the premiere of Season 2 of A Discovery of Witches TV on Shudder, Sundance Now, and AMC+ on 9 January 2021. To get properly excited, we thought we’d share our thoughts on what we’re most looking forward to about Season 2.

Elizabeth I, as portrayed by Barbara Marten in Season 2 of A Discovery of Witches. Image captured from trailer released by Sky One.

One of everyone’s favorite aspects of Shadow of Night, the source text for Season 2 of A Discovery of Witches TV, is how it whisks the reader into Tudor England — full of real people, real intrigue, and real events. From early production stills, trailers, and behind-the-scenes sneak peaks, we can certainly expect to encounter our favorite historical people and places from the books on-screen. For many of us, this is a wonderful opportunity to attend the court of Elizabeth I in the company of Matthew Roydon, her shadowy spy, and to peruse the extensive library of John Dee. Thanks to the incredible production team at Bad Wolf, we’re in for a phenomenal tour of Tudor England and Renaissance Europe–warrens, libraries, castles, countryside, and everything in between. If you haven’t already, take some time to watch this incredible “Behind the Magic” feature from New York Comic Con this fall and get in the mood for some A+ historical tourism.

If you can’t get enough, you should also check out the fabulous Biography Sundays in the All Souls Discussion Group on Facebook — there are book discussions, chapter questions, and lots of great details about characters (real and imagined!) from the All Souls Universe.

We’ll celebrate the premiere of Season 2 with a live-tweet on Saturday, 9 January 2021, at 7pm EST. Use the hashtag #ccalchemy to join in the fun and keep your eyes peeled for our updated release and live tweet schedule.

In the meantime, follow us on Twitter or join our Facebook group, the Chamomile & Clove Clovers, to connect with us and other fans eagerly awaiting the return of our favorite series in just. ten. days.

Tell us which historical figure you’re most excited to see in Season 2 in the comments!

xoxox

Cait and Jen

Podcast

Episode 89 – Emotional Fingertrap

Hello, dearest Clovers.

Happy Sunday! It’s time for our final Time’s Convert wrap episode — the one with the plot and the polls and the listener feedback and the discussion about what story this book is actually telling. No slides this time, but we think you’ll understand why as you listen. Thank you to all of you who wrote in, who commented on Facebook, who took part in the discussion — we love hearing from you and talking about your thoughts on the show.

Download the episode here.

As you might have noticed, we have a wee giveaway going on now through December 17. Come celebrate Saturnalia with us and win some cool podcast swag, some jewelry from Trilogie, a Flickerwix candle, and more! Click the link to enter via Facebook or just using your e-mail address.

We’re also just over a month away from the premiere of A Discovery of Witches TV Season 2! We’ve got some fun stuff planned between now and then, but we’d also love to hear your ideas for interstitial shows — guests! Topics! Games! Give us all your ideas and we’ll see what we can make of them. You can find us at chamomileandclovecast@gmail.com, on Twitter as @chamomilenclove, or on Facebook as the Chamomile & Clove Clovers.

If you’d like to support the show, please consider leaving us a review on the podcast app of your choice, becoming one of our Patrons, or checking out our swag shop on Redbubble. Thank you for all that you do to keep us going — we can’t wait to count down to ADOWTV S2 with you!

xoxo

Cait and Jen