A mat­ter of time

Get up to speed with time travel drama Out­lander be­fore sea­son three pre­mieres on Fox­tel

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It’s sexy, it’s ro­man­tic, it’s dra­matic and vi­o­lent — Out­lander has it all and is now in its third out­ing. Based on au­thor Diana Ga­bal­don’s books the new sea­son is drawn from the book Voy­ager.

Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitri­ona Balfe) are sep­a­rated by time but that ob­sta­cle fails to dim their love es­pe­cially when Claire nds out that Jamie sur­vived the Bat­tle of Cul­lo­den. She along with daugh­ter Brianna (So­phie Skel­ton) and his­to­rian Roger Wake eld (Richard Rankin) go on a mis­sion to dis­cover where Jamie is 20 years on from their good­bye. But when they re­unite will they be able to pick up where they left off?

The story so far Claire Ran­dall was a World War II nurse en­joy­ing a be­lated hon­ey­moon in Scot­land with hus­band Frank (To­bias Men­zies) when she in­ex­pli­ca­bly trav­elled back in time to 1743. She had touched a stone in the mys­ti­cal cir­cle at Craigh na Dun, be­gin­ning an in­cred­i­ble ad­ven­ture in which she falls madly in love with a Scots­man.

To­gether Jamie and Claire ght to stay to­gether and then plot to stop Scot­land’s war with Eng­land, which Claire knows will de­stroy the High­land cul­ture. When the con ict be­comes in­evitable Jamie sends a preg­nant Claire home through the cir­cles be­liev­ing he will per­ish in bat­tle.

Now Claire is back with hus­band Frank in 1948 and he agrees to raise Claire and Jamie’s child with her. But the pair are strug­gling to re­con­nect, with Claire griev­ing for her Scot­tish hus­band. Later in life, Claire and Brianna travel to Scot­land where Claire nds out Jamie sur­vived, giv­ing her hope she can re­turn to him.

The other play­ers in sea­son three Brianna: the grown daugh­ter of Claire and Jamie grew up in Bos­ton be­liev­ing Frank to be her fa­ther. The rev­e­la­tion that her fa­ther was an 18th cen­tury Scot threw her for six but she has come to be­lieve her mother’s story. She has formed a bond with his­to­rian Roger Wake eld.

Roger: When Claire rst met Roger in 1946 he was a child adopted by the Rev­erend Wake eld, who was an avid his­to­rian. Now an aca­demic him­self he is in­creas­ingly drawn to Brianna as he helps Claire nd her way back to Jamie.

Fer­gus (Ce­sar Dom­boy): the French boy born in a brothel was taken un­der Jamie’s wing and be­came like a son to Jamie and Claire. He has re­mained loyal to Jamie over the years and is now an adult him­self long­ing for love and ad­ven­ture.

Marsali (Lau­ren Lyle): her mother is Laoghaire (Nell Hud­son), who as a young woman was in love with Jamie and be­came dan­ger­ously jealous of Claire. Teenager Marsali also has that ro­man­tic streak and is de­ter­mined to love and be loved.

Young Ian (John Bell): The 16-yearold is des­per­ate for ad­ven­ture and to go along for the ride in his un­cle Jamie’s es­capades — but he of­ten nds him­self in trou­ble.

The Aussie con­nec­tion Lo­cal ac­tor David Berry, best known for play­ing the trou­bled James Bligh on Fox­tel’s A Place to Call Home joins the cast for sea­son three. His char­ac­ter is Lord John Grey who is run­ning a Scot­tish prison af­ter a scan­dal caused his fall from grace. John forms a friend­ship with Jamie but strug­gles with a love that can­not be. TVS

TRUE LOVE Claire (Caitri­ona Balfe) is sep­a­rated from Jamie by time but is de­ter­mined to find him again. HON­OURABLE Jamie (Sam Heughan) (left) and Frank (To­bias Men­zies). STRUG­GLING Claire, Frank and baby Brianna af­ter her birth in 1948.

BAT­TLE OF CUL­LO­DEN Jack Ran­dall (left) and Jamie in the 1746 clash.

Brianna Roger Fer­gus Young Ian Lord John Grey

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