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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 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

Podcast

Episode 87 – Biting Etiquette

Happiest Sunday, Clovers!

The sun is shining, the air is biting, and Phoebe and Marcus are reunited! In today’s episode, we’re closing out our chapter discussions for Time’s Convert and starting to reflect on the themes of this nuanced, complicated book. That means, of course, that it’s time for you to send us your questions, thoughts, comments, etc. for our book discussion episodes! You can do so by getting in touch on Twitter @chamomilenclove, via e-mail at chamomileandclovecast@gmail.com, or through our Facebook group, the Chamomile & Clove Clovers.

Download the episode here.

As a reminder, we’re TWO SHORT WEEKS from Virtual All Souls Con — we can’t wait to share our panel with you and celebrate the All Souls Community virtually. We won’t publish an episode the first weekend of the Con so that you can spend your time enjoying all of the great content the organizers have in store, but keep an eye out for our next episode in the first weekend of November. To celebrate the Con, we’re hosting a fabulous giveaway — keep your eyes peeled for our Twitter and Facebook announcements!

We hope you and yours are well and safe and we send you all of our love. Take care of each other.

xoxo,

Cait and Jen

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Episode 85 – Team Capisce

Photo by Josh Howard on Unsplash

Happiest Sunday, Clovers!

We’re here to talk about Chapters 30 and 32 of Time’s Convert in our SECOND TO LAST chapter episode for the book! In the next episode, we’ll join all of the storylines and talk about endings and beginnings and change… it is a book in the All Souls Universe, after all. Today, we’re committing crimes against the German language (sorry), issuing an elegy for Marcus’s youth, finding babies (making babies!), and trying (unsuccessfully) to pull Matthew and Marcus out of a relationship nosedive.

Download the episode here.

We’re deep in the 2020 Real-Time Read of A Discovery of Witches, but it’s never too late to join! Watch our Twitter feed and Facebook page for updates and follow the wonderful discussions taking place on the All Souls Discussion Group. In addition, make sure you’ve got your passes for this year’s virtual All Souls Con! We had the best time recording our panel and think you’re going to love the lineup.

If you like what we do, please consider reviewing us on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts. You can also support us on Patreon or Redbubble.

Stay safe, wear a mask, wash your hands, and be kind to one another,

xoxo

Cait and Jen