Behind-the-scenes picture from the production set of Starz TV series “Outlander.”

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A behind-the-scenes picture from the production set of Starz TV series “Outlander.” Facebook/ Outlander

The filming of “Outlander” season 4 is going well so far. Co-executive Producer Matthew B. Roberts shared a brief production update online, along with a picture of the magical stones of Craigh na Dun. Meanwhile, the TV series and cast member Sam Heughan (Jamie) have won another online poll, thanks to the fans.

“Stoned,” Roberts jokingly wrote about the picture of Craigh na Dun set [see below]. It’s not clear if there will be another jump through time for Claire (Caitriona Balfe), but the producer said that the filming is “coming along nicely.”

“Can you hear the drum beats,” the producer asked in a hashtag. The plot of the next season is based on Diana Gabaldon’s book “Drums of Autumn.”

Co-executive Producer Maril Davis is also in Scotland currently. She recently shared a picture of some majestic snow-capped mountains [see below] that she saw while driving to work.

The next season will show Jamie and Claire in the American colonies. However, the production team hasn’t shifted base to the US, and all the filming will take place in Scotland. Scenes of Boston were previously filmed in Glasgow, and this time the Scottish wilderness will stand in for American forests and other locations. The Frasers will live in small cottage in the woods.

Meanwhile, there was another online poll that the TV series and Heughan have won. The results posted on Spoiler TV show the TV series wining in the best drama series category, and Heughan winning in the best actor category. Balfe, however, lost out in the best actress category to Elisabeth Moss from “The Handmaid’s Tale” by just over 60 votes.

There will be 13 episodes in “Outlander” season 4. About half the episodes may have been filmed already. The show will premiere sometime later this year, and the producers are yet to announce an exact release date.

Credit: Matthew B. Roberts/ Twitter

Credit: Maril Davis/ Twitter

 

Diana Gabaldon to dish on ‘Outlander’ at Savannah Book Fest

Savannah Book Fest: Scientist-turned-novelist Diana Gabaldon to dish on ‘Outlander’ at sold-out opening address

 

In the late 1980s, Diana Gabaldon was a research scientist working in the field of behavioral ecology when she set out to explore a new hobby that would transform her career rather drastically.

What became the New York Times bestselling series “Outlander” began as a piece of historical fiction and a challenge Gabaldon gave herself. She wanted to write a novel, just for practice. While watching the science-fiction television series “Doctor Who,” a Scottish character from the 18th century caught her attention. He became the foundation for one of the “Outlander” main characters, Jamie Fraser.

“That was an accident,” Gabaldon said in an interview with January Magazine. “I mean, everything was an accident, amazingly. I wanted to write a book for practice to learn how to write novels. And I was thinking what would be the easiest possible kind of thing to write, and I thought maybe a mystery, because I read more of those than anything.

“And then I thought, ‘Well, mysteries have plots. I’m not sure I can do that.’ And I thought perhaps that would be a historical novel because I was a research professor. Well, I was a scientist, but I did know how to use the library and it’s easier to look things up than to make them up entirely. So I said, ‘OK. I’ll write a historical novel.”

Gabaldon had joined an online message board, an early precursor to chat rooms, on the subject of literature. In the group, a man asked for a description of what it was like to be pregnant. Having three children already, Gabaldon understood the experience, but she had also written about it. At the time, she had kept her novel writing a secret. She shared a portion of the manuscript with the online message board, which reacted to it well. She decided to share more, and to write more.

In a stroke of luck, she found a literary agent and and sold the first unfinished manuscript for “Outlander.” Although it began as a piece of historical fiction, Gabaldon’s female protagonist did not fit well into 18th-century Scotland. So the book took a turn into science fiction with the introduction of 20th-century British nurse Claire Randall, who time travels from 1945 to 1743.

Originally marketed as a romance novel, “Outlander’s” popularity later allowed the publishing company to transition the series into the fiction section. Described as part historical fiction (based around the true story of Scotland’s Charles Edward Stuart), part romance novel and part science-fiction, “Outlander” has been hard to categorize, but that has rarely defeated its popularity.

“Whenever you’re dealing with something that’s difficult to describe, that you can’t get across to someone in a sound bite, it sounds like the normal default is to pick what’s easiest, and in the case of fiction written by women, fiction involving women, fiction involving any sort of relationship, the word that comes to mind is romance,” Gabaldon said in an interview with Vulture. “It’s canned stuff: ‘It’s steamy, it’s stirring, it’s sizzling, it’s a bodice ripper.’ And as I say, in romance novels, those are courtship stories. Once the couple is married, that’s the end of the story. And in our story, that means we would have stopped at episode seven.

“I’ve never seen anyone deal in a literary way with what it takes to stay married for more than 50 years, and that seemed like a worthy goal. On one level, this series is telling the story of how people stay married for a long time.”

The original “Outlander” book was published in 1991. Since then, Gabaldon has finished seven more books in the series, with a forthcoming ninth in the works. The “Outlander” series has been published in 26 countries and 23 languages and now includes several companion series. It has sold more 28 million copies in print.

In 2013, Starz revealed a television adaption of 16 episodes. It premiered in 2014 and was renewed for a fourth season in 2016. The third season aired in September and the fourth season is now being filmed. The television adaption has been nominated for several awards, including multiple Emmys and Golden Globes.

Soon after the second book, Gabaldon retired from her science career to focus on writing. She holds degrees in zoology, marine biology and a doctorate in quantitative behavioral ecology.

Tickets for her opening address at the 2018 Savannah Book Festival sold out in minutes.

“Diana Gabaldon, like Oprah, could run for president,” said Kim Bockius-Suwyn, executive director the festival. “I have to remind people we’re a literary festival. Diana’s fans are hysterical. They crashed our website.”

DIANA GABALDON

What: Savannah Book Festival opening address

When: 6 p.m. Feb. 15

Where: Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St.

Cost: Sold out

Info: savannahbookfestival.org

For more details about Outlander tours , phone 07305-294773

Outlander Valentine’s Day gifts

“Outlander” is on hiatus, but a Sassenach’s love for the Starz drama never fades. Surprise your lovely lass with one of these “Outlander”-themed Valentine’s Day gifts on February  14, and you’ll be able to say you’re the Jamie to her Claire.

Our collection of these “Outlander”-themed Valentine’s Day gifts include t-shirts, mugs, phone cases, prints, posters and throw pillows.

 

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Jamie and Claire fans will love an “Outlander”-inspired Valentine’s Day 

Ideally, an “Outlander” gift will make the hiatus easier to deal with. Season 3 ended in December with Jamie and Claire landing on the shores of the U.S. They’ll make the colonies their home in Season 4, but “Outlander” fans know that the Frasers won’t be able to avoid trouble for long. Find out more about Season 4 filming has started in Scotland .

Outlander”-themed Valentine’s Day gifts

OUTLANDER’S Sam Heughan pumping iron in My Peak Challenge 2018

OUTLANDER’S Sam Heughan sends fans into a frenzy with a steamy snap of himself pumping iron.

The Scots actor, 37, who is taking part in My Peak Challenge 2018, posted the hot and sweaty pic to Twitter.

Filming is underway for the new series of the hit show

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Filming is underway for the new series of the hit show

Heartthrob Sam, who plays Jamie Fraser in the telly hit, shows off his bulging muscles and ripped body.

The actor said: “Let’s go @MyPeakChallenge. Day One (trying to bend a car with my neck… fail.”

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Let’s go @MyPeakChallenge !

Day one (trying to bend a bar with my neck… fail)

Fans of the hunky actor were delighted with the post, with Cindy Wilson replying: “I’d be happy to help.”

Rebecca said: “Oh, Sam! You are such a heartthrob! Wonderful picture of true masculinity.

“You are a powerful force inspiring so many in different aspects of their lives.”


And Meagan added: “At least you look great failing at it.”

We told earlier how new Outlander star Craig McGinlay could snatch Sam’s crown as top Scots hunk.

The 31-year-old from Glasgow recently got his big break appearing in Warner Bros’ King Arthur: Knights of the Round Table as Sir Percival.

Craig is currently filming on the latest season of the hit time-travelling drama which is expected to hit screens later this year.

Is Jamie’s life in danger ?

Because dramatic behind-the-scenes footage may leave fans questioning the fate of one of the show’s main characters.

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Sam Heughan’s character Jamie can be seen in the middle of a heated exchange

Outlander star Sam Heughan’s character, Jamie, can be seen in a tense exchange with Native Americans while filming in Cumbernauld.

The footage comes after Season 4 filming revealed Caitriona Balfe‘s Clare could be in serious danger after being spotted on set.

Scots fans went wild when the show’s most recent Scottish filming locations were revealed.


Heughan can be seen in the clip surrounded by Native Americans brandishing spears and guns as the camera crew take up position.

It looks like a dangerous stand off with the natives as a rifle is pointed at his head in the middle of the woodland.

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A rifle can be seen being pointed towards Sam Heughan’s head

Production rolled into Cumbernauld Glen last month with viewers spotting a sign posted announcing the filming.

One glam fan even turned up on set in a bid to catch the Scots hunk’s eye with her racy get-up.

Last month, Richard Rankin, who plays Roger Wakefield in the hit series, was spotted in Falkland, Fife, where the village was given a retro makeover

New Outlander episodes have been rumoured to be set to air later this year.

And telly chiefs have also admitted they’re in talks over the future of the hit drama.

One day Outlander tour

Tours start at 9.30 am . Our private group tours take up to 4 people to four Outlander filming locations. We also offer bespoke private tours with the option of choosing your own itinerary .

Tours start from locations in Edinburgh or Glasgow .
Normal pickup point is Edinburgh/ Glasgow city centre , your hotel or the airport .

Other pickup points can be arranged , subject to an additional fee .

Itinerary

1. Culross (Cranesmuir)

2. Blackness Castle (Fort William)
3. Midhope Castle  ( Lallybroch ) if available
4. Linlithgow Palace (Wentworth Prison)

On this tour we visit various locations used for filming the hit series Outlander. Based on the best selling novels by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander is filmed in a number of locations in castles and towns in  central Scotland.

The first location on this Outlander tour is Culross (Cranesmuir)

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Blackness Castle goes back to 1440 . The castle provides the setting for Fort William, as the original fort no longer exists.

The castle is long and narrow because of the shape of the rock on which it is situated and it is sometimes called ‘ the ship that never sailed ‘ . It guards the bay at Blackness and is only a few miles from Linlithgow Palace . The first castle was built in the middle of the 15th century by Sir George Crichton , Earl of Caithness , a member of one of the most powerful families in Scotland . King James II acquired Blackness in 1453 when he annexed the lands of the Crichtons . From then on the castle was mainly used as a prison . In 1543 Cardinal Beaton was held here for a month . Rebuilding started in the 1530s under the direction of Sir James Hamilton of Finnart who also worked at Linlithgow Palace and Stirling Castle . He was instructed to make the castle safe from artillery , and he achieved this by making the south and east walls very thick . A new tower was built at the south end . In the 1560s , in the reign of Mary Queen of Scots , a Spur was built to protect the main gate . In the 1870s the castle was the main ammunition depot for Scotland .The Castle is a popular location for historical re-enactments and has changed little in 600 years . Doune is one of the best preserved medieval castles in Scotland.

Hamlet has scenes filmed at Blackness Castle and Dunnottar Castle.
Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Starring: Mel Gibson, Glenn Close, Paul Scofield, Alan Bates, Ian Holm, Helena Bonham Carter, John McEnery

 

Midhope Castle – Outlander’s Lallybroch

Midhope Castle
Midhope Castle

Located on the Hopetoun Estate is Midhope Castle which is the external location for fictional Lallybroch, the family home of character Jamie Fraser. Midhope Castle dates back to the 15th Century and although the exterior is relatively intact the castle is derelict inside.

Most of the filming takes place in Scotland,  according to the show’s executive producer Ron Moore .
Scotland’s stunning landscape, with its rolling hills, rugged mountains, picturesque towns and villages, castles and sprawling beaches has provided the perfect backdrop for the world of cinema.
The show is based on American author Diana Gabaldon’s series of historical novels, which sees nurse Claire Beauchamp Randell mysteriously swept back from 1945 to 1743 Highland Scotland where rebellion and romance are afoot.  Executive Producer Ron Moore has commented on Scotland : “The landscape itself is a character in the show. There’s a particular quality to the light in Scotland, even to the grass and the trees.”

Scotland tours from Edinburgh can be booked online .
Outlander season three is on air now . Filming for season four is taking place now in various locations in Scotland .

The tour spends about an hour at each location .

  • Travel by luxury car
  • Small private group tour with a maximum of 4 people

Tour costs – £250 for 2 people .

Lunch , refreshments and entrance tickets are not included in the price.

Outlander set locations tour from Edinburgh £250.
For bookings phone 07305-294773 or contact us online .

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