Out­lander to re­turn

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It re­turns to small screens in the US this month, as well as on Ama­zon Prime Video in the UK: this third se­ries of the pop­u­lar time-traveller se­ries, based on the books by Diana Ga­bal­don, has been film­ing in South Africa over the past year, a change from its pre­vi­ous Scot­tish lo­ca­tion. In this se­ries, Claire has trav­elled back to her life in 1948; she is preg­nant, but now needs to deal with the ef­fect that, and her reap­pear­ance, has on her mar­riage to her first hus­band. Mean­while Jamie, the fa­ther of Claire’s un­born baby, is back in the 18th cen­tury, hav­ing pre­vi­ously made an un­suc­cess­ful last stand at the Bat­tle of Cul­lo­den. Claire and Jamie are sep­a­rated not just by lo­ca­tion, but by time: but they need to try and find their way back to each other.

The tele­vi­sion se­ries is based on Diana Ga­bal­don’s eight books, which man­age to cover var­i­ous gen­res, in­clud­ing sci­ence fic­tion, his­tory, ro­mance and swash­buck­ling ad­ven­ture. The first book was writ­ten in the 1980s, and took an episode of Doc­tor Who as its in­spi­ra­tion; the episode fea­tured a com­pan­ion to the doc­tor who was from 18th cen­tury Scot­land; Ga­bal­don duly cre­ated the char­ac­ter of Jamie, and a lo­ca­tion for her book in 18th cen­tury Scot­land. For her mod­ern, time­trav­el­ling, hero­ine, Ga­bal­don cre­ated the nurse Claire Ran­dall, who, in the past, finds ad­ven­tures that she could not gain in the 20th cen­tury.

It’s a great tele­vi­sion se­ries for any­one in­ter­ested in his­tory and/or sci­ence fic­tion: al­though the first se­ries took three years to make it from US to UK screens (with More4 even­tu­ally run­ning it ear­lier this year), let’s hope this lat­est se­ries comes to main­stream UK TV a bit quicker.

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