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A Ten-Day Countdown to the Premiere of A Discovery of Witches – Day Five – The Detail!

Teresa Palmer as Diana Bishop and Matthew Goode as Matthew de Clermont in A Discovery of Witches. Image sourced from A Discovery of Witches on Twitter.

With only five days remaining in our countdown to Season 2, it’s time to follow Deb and A Discovery of Witches TV in relishing every single tiny detail the art department created for the series. When we talked about adaptation a few days ago, we briefly mentioned the kind of work and imagination that goes into taking a story from one medium to another — as a reader, you might envision a set–Philippe’s office, Matthew’s study, Diana’s bedroom–in broad strokes. You might fill it with “furniture” or “objects” or “clothes” in your head, or you might leave bits in shadow while your imagination focuses on the characters and what they’re doing on the page. One of the great challenges of imagination and scale for a TV adaptation is taking, for example, “Philippe’s study” as a concept and turning it into a real, organic space in which actors can tell a story.

Because we’re positively spoiled in this fandom, we have tremendous access to the set dressing and artwork of A Discovery of Witches TV even before the premiere. Deb’s #book2screenmagicmonday posts give us the chance to see set dressings up close — handwritten letters in Matthew’s attic, the embroidery on a de Clermont livery saddle pad, the carvings on Matthew and Diana’s period-appropriate bed.

The man in charge of the magic, production designer James North, gave a fabulous interview to Entertainment Weekly at the start of Season 1. In that interview, he talked about creating the overall “feel” of the production and giving it that magical depth:

Though every set is grounded in reality, the series’ tale of witches, vampires, and daemons automatically calls for a heightened magical element. However, North says it’s really not all that different from production design on any project. “It’s almost a slightly heightened reality we’re producing,” he says. “You do things which aren’t normal. You would never color-coordinate how your cereal boxes line up in your cupboard, but that’s the sort of thing we would do.”

So, when you look at those jaw-dropping sets, those intricate details, you have to realize that each one was put there with intention and care. You can take a deep-dive into the production team’s work in Season 1 via this incredible look at the Witches’ Archive on Isola della Stella from AMC.

We can’t wait to see the rich colors, the intense detail, the care and craft that went into each set in Season 2. If you could take a deep dive into any setting in Shadow of Night, where would it be? Where would you pull every item off the shelf and look in every corner?

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 us and invite your friends!

In the meantime, follow us on Twitter or join our Facebook group, the Chamomile & Clove Clovers, to connect with us and other fans dreaming about the magic and wonder of Season 2. See you tomorrow!

xoxox

Cait and Jen

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A Ten-Day Countdown to the Premiere of A Discovery of Witches – Day Six – The Magic!

Matthew Goode as Matthew de Clermont and Teresa Palmer as Diana Bishop in A Discovery of Witches. Image shared by @adiscoveryofwitchestv on Instagram.

There is so much magic in store for us in Season 2 of A Discovery of Witches — and not just the cinematic kind! Shadow of Night is central to Diana’s development as a witch; she discovers the depths of her powers and asks important questions about her magic and her place in the world. We’ve long been curious about how the production and creative teams behind the television show would illustrate Diana’s magical education with Goody Alsop and her growing understanding of how her power can change the world. By all appearances, we have a lot to look forward to — time travel! Weaving! The potential for familiars! The search for the Book of Life! Diana’s journey from reluctant witch to powerful weaver is one of our favorite storylines in the All Souls Trilogy and we can’t wait to see it take shape on screen. To whet our appetites for magic of all kinds, take a peek at this lovely behind-the-scenes video shared by A Discovery of Witches TV on Instagram. Are you following them, yet?

Which of Diana’s remarkable powers do you hope to see on display in Season 2? What spell do you wish you could perform?

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 us and invite your friends!

In the meantime, follow us on Twitter or join our Facebook group, the Chamomile & Clove Clovers, to connect with us and other fans dreaming about the magic and wonder of Season 2. See you tomorrow!

Xoxo,

Cait and Jen

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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