August 10, 2014 -
CelticMusicRadio.com - If you like shows about Scotland, Clans, Romance and fighting then you will
probably love the new
Starz series called Outlander. As one of the most popular
book series ever, Outlander is making its way onto television this week.
"Outlander" follows the story of Claire Randall, a feisty married combat nurse
from World War II. Shortly after the end of the war, she takes a second
honeymoon to the Scottish Highlands with her husband. While visiting a Pagan
Stone Circle, Claire is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is
kidnapped by a clan of Scotsmen (Highlanders) including a young warrior by the
name of Jamie Fraser. 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.
Outlander is a 16 episode series filmed in Scotland. It is an original series
adapted from Diana Gabaldon's international bestselling books and will air on
Starz. Diana Gabaldon’s seven-book series has sold more than 20 million copies
and has graced the New York Times best-sellers list six times. The eighth
installment of the “Outlander” series is slated to be released in June
2014. The “Outlander” series spans the genres of romance, science fiction,
history, and adventure in one grandiose tale. To tell the story best, here is
what the author says about the book on her website:
"In 1946, after WWII, a young Englishwoman named Claire
Beauchamp Randall goes to the Scottish Highlands with her husband, Frank.
She’s an ex-combat nurse, he’s been in the army as well, they’ve been
separated for the last six years, and this is a second honeymoon; they’re
getting re-acquainted with each other, thinking of starting a family. But
one day Claire goes out walking by herself, and comes across a circle of
standing stones—such circles are in fact common all over northern Britain.
She walks through a cleft stone in the circle….and disappears. Back into
1743, where the first person she meets is a gentleman in an 18th-century
army officer’s uniform. This gentleman, Jack Randall, looks just like her
husband Frank—and proves to be Frank’s six-times-great-grandfather.
Unfortunately, he also proves to be a sadistic bisexual pervert, and while
trying to escape from him, Claire falls into the hands of a gang of Highland
Scots, who are also trying to get away from Black Jack Randall—though for
In order to avoid being handed over to Captain Randall, Claire is obliged to
marry one of the young clansmen. So she finds herself trying to escape from
Castle Leoch and her Scottish captors, trying to get back to her husband
Frank, trying to avoid being recaptured by Captain Randall—and falling in
love with Jamie Fraser, the young man she’s been forced to marry. The story
rolls on from there…"
Claire Randall is played by Caitriona Balfe and Jamie Fraser by Sam Heughan.
At it's core, Outlander is a love story and according to Sam Heughan, the
first kiss between the two characters was "pretty hot"; although Caitriona and
Sam had to shoot a much steamier scene before they could act out those first
intimate moments! Check out the full cast over at imdb.com.
The first episode,
Sassenach, is available for free and has been viewed nearly 1
million times. Watch the
first episode now
and if you are a starz subscriber you can stream all future episodes. If you are
not a starz subscriber, then you will have to wait for the rest the season, like
us, to become available on
Amazon, Netflix, Youtube or Hulu.