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Outlander is a Starz Original Series based on the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon. The series is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining & Supply Company and Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television. Filming for Season One began in Scotland in Fall 2013.[1] The show premiered on STARZ Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 9pm ET/PT.

PlotEdit

Outlander follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited that tears Claire's heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives. The "Outlander" series spins the genres of romance, science fiction, history, and adventure into one epic tale.[2]

CastEdit

Character descriptions provided by STARZ unless otherwise noted.

"The quick-witted, stubborn but lovely, English “Sassenach” Claire Randall, is a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743. Upon her arrival she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives."
"Armed with sheer grit and enduring strength, Jamie is a strapping young Scottish clan lord with a complicated past and a disarming sense of humor. When Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945, is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, Jamie is forced to marry her to save her life. Intelligent, principled, and, by 18th century standards, educated and worldly, Jamie has a tenderness and compassion that stands out in contrast to his contemporaries. A natural leader of men, he has no political ambitions or desire for battlefield glories. Instead, he wishes to remove the price on his head and return to his family’s ancestral farm."
"Claire's husband in the 20th century, Frank is an intellectual and an academic. He served in British Intelligence section MI6 during the war as a spymaster, and was responsible for sending men on dangerous missions, some of whom never returned. With the war now over, he’s looking forward to a new career as a historian at Oxford when his wife mysteriously disappears in the Highlands."
"A Captain in the English Army back in 1743, Jack has been posted in Scotland during a time when rebellion is in the air. As an officer in an occupying army, he’s seen and done terrible and horrific things in the undeclared war in the Highlands. Jack is capable of monstrous acts, which he justifies to himself as being necessary to enforce British rule. He’s also a sadist who finds joy in the torment of others – a secret side to himself that he loathes, but cannot escape. Jack also has an unhealthy obsession with both Claire and Jamie."
"A skilled and experienced warrior, Dougal is the War Chieftain of Clan MacKenzie. His older brother Colum is the ruling Laird, but Dougal is his loyal right hand and the true muscle. He is courageous on the battlefield and is feared by many; the kind of man who will get what he wants, no matter what (or whom) stands in his way. While an artful tactician, he sometimes lets his temper and impetuous nature get the better of him. Unlike his brother, Dougal secretly supports the rebel cause against the British, and works to raise funds for an army to fight for Scotland’s freedom."
"The Laird of the MacKenzie clan, Colum is Jamie's maternal uncle and brother to Dougal. Colum suffers from Toulouse-Lautrec Syndrome, a degenerative disease that renders his legs immobile at times, and fills his days with a great amount of pain. Unable to rule by brawn, he must rely on his cunning and intellect to lead his clan. Not surprisingly, there is a quiet sadness about him, as he must rely on his brother Dougal to be his enforcer. But above all, he is insightful and stern; a strong leader who secretly fears for the future of his clan and its leadership."
"Mysterious and dark, like a vulture lurking in the background, Murtagh dutifully watches over his godson Jamie. Although a reserved man, he’s a very loyal godfather, and lives his life by a strict code. And he’s more than happy to let his reputation, and if need be, his fists do the talking. Like his fellow clansmen, he is skeptical of Claire at first. But he eventually warms to her because, as always, he’ll do whatever is best for young Jamie."
"The wife of the procurator fiscal, and a good friend to Claire, Geillis’ advanced knowledge of herbs and plants cause many to believe she is a witch. Geillis is a master manipulator, able to get her husband – among others – to bend to her will. She is also smart, sexual, and mysterious – the kind of character you know you can’t trust, and yet continues to draw you in. But how long will it be before her greatest secret is uncovered?"

"Jenny Fraser Murray is Jamie Fraser’s older sister, and surrogate mother in many ways. She shares Jamie’s stubborn and quick-tempered character, which causes the siblings to butt heads from time to time. Jenny is also smart, experienced and skilled, running Lallybroch (the Fraser ancestral home) when Jamie is away. Jenny is married to Jamie’s best friend, Ian Murray. When the series begins they have one child and a second child on the way."[5]
"Steven Cree will be playing Jenny’s husband and Jamie’s best friend since childhood, Ian Murray. Ian lost part of his leg during battle with the English but that hasn't held him back in his life. He is very close to his wife and best friend, and welcomes Claire into the family."[6]
"Another member of Clan Mackenzie, Angus is a hard drinker who's always looking for a fight. Angus hates the Brits, so as far as he's concerned, Claire can go back to where she came from — dead or alive. Rarely seen without a bottle in his hand, Angus is nonetheless an extremely skilled fighter, and a loyal clansman, making him an asset to both Colum and Dougal."[7]
"...a quick-witted woman who is the glue that holds Castle Leoch together. Not one to hold her tongue, Mrs. Fitzgibbons' work is never done."[7]
"Laoghaire is blonde and fair, with the kind of natural, girl-next-door beauty that could easily get a teenage girl in trouble. At first she seems shy, harmless, mousey even, but eventually we see her vengeful side, and eventually Laoghaire sets off a course of action that has far reaching consequences."[8]
"...Rupert MacKenzie, a loyal member of Clan MacKenzie and an angler who is always looking for opportunities - he just can't stand to pass up a good raid. Rupert is Dougal's right hand man; Dougal has power and Rupert wishes he did as well."[9]

"Wakefield is the amateur historian and genealogist who is Frank's adviser in 1945. He is also the vicar of an Inverness parish and plays an important role in the lives of both Claire and Frank."[10]
"Reverend Wakefield’s druid housekeeper. A dramatic woman with an eye for the unknown, including reading tea leaves. She predicts Claire's 'love of two men.'"[11]
"Roger is the adopted son of one of the main characters, Rev. Wakefield, and grows up to be one of the main characters in the novels."[12]
"...the owner/manager of the bed and breakfast Frank and Claire stay at after the war. She is nosy to a fault, making everything her business, but she is also extremely kind and welcoming to both Claire and Frank."[13]
"...handsome with red hair, Hamish is the son and heir to Laird Colum MacKenzie (Gary Lewis) and nephew of the MacKenzie War Chieftan, Dougal (Graham McTavish). He’s rambunctious and spirited with a child’s understanding of the power his father and uncle have – power that one day may very well be his."[14]
"...the wife of Clan MacKenzie's Laird Colum MacKenzie and mother to Hamish. As the spouse of the most powerful member of the clan, Letitia plays the role of both matriarch and caring mother. A strong woman in her own right - the type of powerful ally Claire, or anyone, would love to have."[15]
"This squat, powerful man is the “Master of Horse” at Castle Leoch. He serves as a boss and in a way a mentor to Jamie at the stables. A bit gruff, he is definitely a man’s man."[16]
"...the archaeologist who raised Claire [and] was a large influence in her life."[17]
The duke is "as opulent and flamboyant as they come in the 18th century. With a propensity for all things beautiful, the Duke rarely hears the word no. We learn, like many men of power during this time, he has his hands in a few different cookie jars."[18]

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Production newsEdit

  • It was announced in July 2012 that Sony Pictures TV had closed a deal on the rights to the story. The developer/producer of Battlestar Galactica, Ron Moore, will write the series adaptation with Jim Kohlberg’s Story Mining and Supply Co. producing.[19]
  • April 29, 2013 – Deadline.com reports learning of the writing team for the show: Ron Moore and Toni Graphia (Battlestar Galactica), Matt Roberts (Caprica), Ira Behr (Alphas, The 4400), and Anne Kenney (LA Law, Switched at Birth).[20]
  • June 1, 2013 – Deadline.com reports that Starz network has greenlit the series for production, ordering 16 episodes.[21]
  • June 25, 2013 – Starz officially announces it has picked up "Outlander" as a new TV series, gives premiere date info (2014), filming location info (Scotland), and filming schedule info (Fall 2013).[1]

TriviaEdit

  • The song that plays during the Main Titles is a version of The Skye Boat Song. The lyrics were written by Sir Harold Boulton, 2nd Baronet, to an air, collected in the 1870s by Anne Campbelle MacLeod (1855–1921).
  • "The Skye Boat Song" is a Scottish folk song, recalling the escape of Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) from Uist to the Isle of Skye after his defeat at the Battle of Culloden in 1746.
  • The song tells how Bonnie Prince Charlie, disguised as a serving maid, escaped in a small boat after the defeat of his Jacobite rising of 1745, with the aid of Flora MacDonald. The song is a traditional expression of Jacobitism and its story has also entered Scotland as a national legend.
  • Bear McCreary adapted the song changing the text of Robert Louis Stevenson's poem Sing me a Song of a Lad that is Gone to fit the story.The original text refers to a male pronoun, but Bear McCreary changed it to a female pronoun, aligning the lyrics with Claire's point of view. Raya Yarbrough sings the vocal on the song. These are the lyrics:
Sing me a song of a lass that is gone,
Say, could that lass be I?
Merry of soul she sailed on a day
Over the sea to Skye.
Billow and breeze, islands and seas,
Mountains of rain and sun,
All that was good, all that was fair,
All that was me is gone.
Sing me a song of a lass that is gone,
Say, could that lass be I?
Merry of soul she sailed on a day
Over the sea to Skye.

Social mediaEdit

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GalleryEdit

CastEdit

Promotional ImagesEdit

  • Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe)
  • Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe), Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan)
  • Colum MacKenzie (Gary Lewis); Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe); Dougal MacKenzie (Graham McTavish)
  • Geillis Duncan (Lotte Verbeek); Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe)
  • Title Art
  • Executive Producer Ron D. Moore
  • Outlander Key Art
  • Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan); Captain Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies)
  • Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan)
  • Frank Randall (Tobias Menzies); Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe)
  • Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall and Tobias Menzies as Frank Randall
  • Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall and Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Starz Confirms ‘Outlander’ Series Pickup - Deadline.com, June 25, 2013
  2. Official site
  3. 3.0 3.1 Starz’s ‘Outlander’ Adds Two To Cast
  4. TVLINE Announces Casting of Lotte Verbeek and James Fleet – 14 October 2013
  5. Official casting announcement on Diana Gabaldon's Facebook
  6. Outlander Starz Facebook - Ian casting, 10 April 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 Exclusive: Doctor Who and Layer Cake Vets Join Ron Moore's Outlander
  8. Starz’s Outlander Series Casts Its Laoghaire MacKenzie (Exclusive) – Access Hollywood, October 22, 2013
  9. Outlander STARZ Facebook – Rupert casting
  10. Outlander STARZ Facebook — Rev. Wakefield casting
  11. Outlander STARZ Facebook — Mrs. Graham casting announcement, 1 November 2013
  12. Rory Stars in International TV Series – 1 May 2014
  13. Outlander STARZ Facebook — Mrs. Baird casting announcement, 1 November 2013
  14. Starz’s ‘Outlander’ Finds Young Hamish MacKenzie (Exclusive) - September 16, 2013
  15. Outlander STARZ Facebook – Letitia casting announcement, 5 November 2013
  16. Outlander STARZ Facebook – Old Alec casting announcement, 5 November 2013
  17. Outlander STARZ twitter – Uncle Lamb casting announcement
  18. Access Hollywwood – Simon Callow as Duke of Sandringham
  19. ScreenRant - Ronald Moore Outlander TV Series
  20. Ron Moore’s ‘Outlander’ Series Adaptation For Starz Sets Up Writing Staff - Dealine.com, April 29, 2013
  21. ‘Outlander’ Greenlighted To Series By Starz - Dealine.com, June 1, 2013
  22. Sam Heughan Cast as Jamie Fraser in Starz and Sony's Outlander - Comingsoon.net, July 9, 2013
  23. CAITRIONA BALFE CAST AS CLAIRE RANDALL IN STARZ AND SONY PICTURES TV’S “OUTLANDER” via Diana Gabaldon's Facebook page
  24. Outlander Starz Facebook - Renewed for Season 2
  25. Sam Heughan Twitter – 24 September 2014

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