Tonight on Sky One viewers were treated to a bold and modern tale of forbidden love thanks to the spellbinding Sky original production is based on Deborah Harkness’s bestselling novel.

Matthew Goode as Matthew Clairmont and Teresa Palmer as Diana Bishop.

“This is an incredibly exciting new production and we were very pleased that we were able to assist its locations team in finding the historic streets of central Bristol that were such a good fit for recreating the beautiful setting of Oxford. For high end dramas shooting in cities like Cardiff and Oxford, producers can be confident that the wealth of locations here in Bristol will be both convenient, located along the M4 corridor, as well as visually suitable to complement the rest of their shoot.” – Natalie Moore of Bristol Film Office

The production was one of our Telly Today choices earlier today as as anyone just finished watching the first episode will now know things got creepy for the brilliant historian, and closet witch, Diana Bishop – played by Teresa Palmer – when she called up a magical manuscript from Oxford University’s Bodleian Library.

The Sky One production filming at The Harbour Hotel Corn St Bristol.

Diana has been denying her witch heritage for years, choosing to live an ordinary life among humans. But her discovery is about to throw her back into the world of magic and into the path of Matthew Clairmont (Matthew Goode), a centuries-old vampire who’s been searching for the book for years. And he isn’t the only one who’s after it…

As news of the book’s appearance spreads, Diana finds herself in grave danger. She and Matthew are sucked into the manuscript’s deadly mystery. And, as their relationship grows, and a perilous hunt for the bewitched book unravels, the fragile peace that has long existed between witches, vampires and daemons begins to crumble.

Teresa Palmer and Owen Teale in a sequence being shot in Bristol.

Going behind the scenes of the Sky original production reveals some scenes were shot further away from Oxford, where its set, with producers heading to Bristol last year. Set against the backdrop of Oxford academic life, much of the drama was filmed in Oxford however producers also made the most of Bristol’s historic quarter to recreate street scenes of the University city. Other scenes have been filmed in Wales and Italy.

Bristol Film Office supported filming in October last year for a large-scale unit of more than 70 crew that shot at a number of locations including interiors at The Harbour Hotel on Corn Street and Highbury Vaults on St Michael’s Hill, with exterior cafe scenes also filmed outside The Rummer on All Saints Lane. In one stand out scene, lead character Diana Bishop (Teresa Palmer), is seen cycling through Bristol streets on Deanery Road near College Green and Bristol Cathedral, which double for Oxford.

A Discovery of Witches uses a low loader lorry for filming a moving car scene on Deanery Lane, Bristol.

Greg McHugh as Hamish Osborne & Aisling Loftus as Sophie Norman & Daniel Ezra as Nathaniel Wilson & Tanya Moodie as Agatha Wilson.
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