Outlander to return
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.