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Diana Gabaldon might write an episode of Outlander series five

The good news today is that  seasons 5 and 6 have been confirmed ( as if there was any doubt about that ), and that Diana Gabaldon may be writing at least one episode.

Creator of the Outlander book series that the STARZ show is based on, Gabaldon enjoys a bit more creative freedom with her creation than other authors and adaptations. Showrunner Ronald D. Moore made sure of this from the beginning — Gabs serves as a series consultant from time to time, as well as appearing in episode 4 from season 1.

Also also, Diana has written an episode of the series: season 2, episode 11, ‘Vengeance Is Mine’. The hope was that she would be able to write additional episodes, but continuing work on the ninth novel in the series prevented this from happening in seasons 3 and 4.

During the 44th Annual Saturn Awards, we were able to chat briefly with Diana on the red carpet before the ceremony, where she accepted the award for Best Fantasy TV Series on behalf of the show. (This is the third year running that the STARZ series has taken home the golden statue.)

Diana Gabaldon at the 44th Annual Saturn Awards
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She mentioned that production was wrapping on season 4, and that she was very excited for fans to see where the season goes.

We asked her about the possibility of her returning to write an episode in the coming seasons, and she said that as long as her writing and editing schedule for book nine, Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone, goes well, she would be interested and available.

While Outlander will not be present at San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) this year, they will have a presence at New York Comic Con (NYCC), where at the very least, a new trailer for the upcoming season 4 is expected to drop, if not the entire premiere episode (as they did last year during SDCC).

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five new characters are introduced to Outlander

Private Outlander tours can now reveal in Outlander season 4 five new characters are introduced to the Starz drama — Billy Boyd as Gerald Forbes, Caitlin O’Ryan as Lizzie Wemyss, Natalie Simpson as Phaedre, Tim Downie as Governor William Tryon, and Simona Brown as Gayle.

Who are these folks, you say? Here is a breakdown of the new additions and how they’ll fit into the narrative for the coming season, which is based on the fourth book in Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling Outlander series called Drums of Autumn. 

 

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Boyd (above) will portray Gerald Forbes, a wealthy lawyer in Cross Creek who is friends with his prominent client, Jocasta Cameron (Maria Doyle Kennedy). Boyd is best known for Lord of the Rings; his other credits includeThe Flying Scotsman, Seed of Chucky, and An Urban Ghost Story.

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Brown pays Gayle, Brianna’s best friend and college roommate. Her TV credits include the new C4/Netflix series Kiss Me First. She was also in Roots for A&E.

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O’Ryan is Lizzie, a Scottish woman who goes on a big adventure with Brianna Fraser (Sophie Skelton), the daughter of Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe). O’Ryan is is a recent graduate from the Oxford School of Drama; this role marks her TV debut.

 

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Simpson will take over as Phaedre, the personal maid and seamstress for Jocasta, and is considered a trusted member of the River Run household. Her TV credits include Les Miserables.

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Downie portrays Governor William Tyron, who was an actual historical figure. The ambitious William is a former British officer who used his family connections to land the position of governor. Downie’s film credits include Transformers: The Last Night, War MachinePaddington, and The King’s Speech.

Earlier this month, Starz  announced it renewed Outlander for a fifth and sixth season. The fourth season is currently filming through June in Scotland.

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Outlander Jamie , actor Sam Heughan , meets Holly Willoughby on This Morning

HOLLY Willoughby could barely contain her excitement as she met Outlander actor Sam Heughan on today’s show.

The This Morning presenter, 37, is a huge fan of the hit TV show, in particular the hunky star, who plays Jamie Fraser in the series.

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 Holly Willoughby was smitten with Sam Heughan

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Holly Willoughby was smitten with Sam Heughan

Squealing with delight, she told him: “I will try and control myself!”

She then proceeded to ask him a series of questions about the upcoming fourth series, while Phillip Schofield sat back, clearly amused.

At the end of the interview she stood up as Phillip took a picture of them – unable to hide huge smile.

Holly gushed: “So nice to meet you.”

Those watching at home found the whole interaction very funny and took to Twitter to comment on it.

 Phillip took a picture of them after the interview

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Phillip took a picture of them after the interview
 Holly had a lot of questions for her favourite actor

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Holly had a lot of questions for her favourite actor 

One person wrote: “Holly’s dream just came true and Phil had to drag out a photo with Sam Heughan #ThisMorning.”

Another added: “Love watching Holly fan girl over @SamHeughan . To be fair he is an absolute dream 😍 #ThisMorning.”

While someone else Tweeted: “#thismorning Holly, wipe the dribble off your lip you.”

 Sam has played the role in Outlander since 2014

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Sam has played the role in Outlander since 2014

 

 The actor is best known for his role in Outlander

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The actor is best known for his role in Outlander

Sam, 38, is a Scottish actor best known for his role in Outlander, which he joined in 2013.

The show, which is based on a series of  bestselling novels by Diana Gabaldon,  follows Jamie’s romance with the World War II nurse Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) as she travels back in time to 18th century Scotland.

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Outlander star is to join a panel of speakers at a first of-its-kind event in Glasgow

TedX, which organises inspirational talks and speakers across the world, is to hold an event for 12 to 26-year-olds in Scotland.

It is to coincide with the Year of Young People, 2018, and will see more than 2000 young people descend on Glasgow at the end of this month.

Some of the speakers will include Outlander actor John Hunter Bell and Mollie Hughes, who was the youngest Brit to climb Mount Everest.

The theme is “Open Mind: Switch It Up And Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone” which aims to encourage people to discover their full potential.

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Outlander castles tour

The Outlander TV series has been a huge hit on both sides of the Atlantic ,  with much of the series shot in Scotland . Three castles and the town of Falkland feature heavily. This our selection of unique Outlander castles featuring the film locations in Scotland on our Outlander castles tour .

Doune Castle – Castle Leoch

doune castle , outlanderOriginally dating to the 13th Century, Doune Castle near Stirling plays Castle Leoch, home to Colum MacKenzie and his clan.
It also features in the 20th century episode when Claire and Frank Randall visit the castle on a day trip.
Once a Royal residence, Doune Castle was rebuilt by Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany in the late 14th Century.
Doune has appeared several times on screen and was widely used in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It also represented the castle Winterfell in Game of Thrones.

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Linlithgow Palace – Wentworth Prison

Linlithgow Palace photos , 44 printThis royal pleasure palace and birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots became the backdrop for some of the most harrowing scenes of the show.
Depicted as Wentworth Prison, the prison corridors and entrance were used in episode 15 of the first series when Jamie Fraser was brutally incarcerated by his adversary, Black Jack Randall.
Built in the 1400s and 1500s, the now-ruined palace is set among the spectacular surrounds of Linlithgow Loch and Peel.

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Blackness Castle – Fort William army headquarters

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One of Scotland’s most impressive strongholds, Blackness Castle near Linlithgow was used as the Fort William headquarters of Black Jack Randall.
The 15th-century ex-artillery fortress overlooks the Firth of Forth and is known as “the ship that never sailed” due to its unusual shape.
It was built in the 15th century by one of Scotland’s most powerful families, the Crichtons.

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Outlander filming location for the standing stones

While Craig na Dun may be a figment of Diana Gabaldon’s imagination, it’s certainly based on a real location. Here’s a look at the Outlander filming location for the standing stones

Diana Gabaldon may have used plenty of real history in the “Outlander” series, but certain locations are just figments of her imagination. They’re beautiful figments, but it meant when the books were turned into a TV series real locations needed to be found. The standing stones of Craig na Dun is just one of those locations.

While you can’t see the stones Gabaldon has created, you can visit the filming location. Here’s all you need to know about the real standing stones.

 

There are many standing stones around Scotland. When the settlers first arrived, they erected monuments like the standing stones but nobody really understands why. While there are theories, nothing is certain as nobody left any messages to tell us.

Clava Cairns is just one of the locations in Scotland, located just a five-minute drive from Inverness. This is the location used for Craig na Dun when filming Outlander and Season 4 filming has been spotted at the stones again.

Visit Scotland describes the stones as a prehistorical burial ground. It can be dated back by 4,000 years, used around 2,000BC when the cairns were built and then around 1,000BC to build the smaller monuments. There is also evidence of farming on the site before the monuments were placed!

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Outlander star Sam Heughan celebrates his 37th birthday

Outlander’s Caitriona Balfe says Sam Heughan is ‘the best’ as she shares hilarious tribute

She plays the role of Claire Fraser in Starz’s Outlander series, alongside on-screen partner Sam Heughan.

And Caitriona Balfe proved her bond with her co-star is just as strong off-screen as she took to Twitter to share an amusing birthday tribute to the actor, who turned 37 on Monday.

In one hilarious tweet, the Irish actress, 38, penned: ‘Twitter just asked what’s happening…and I can safely say I have no idea!!!! Happy Birthday our kid @SamHeughan’.

Funny: Caitriona Balfe proved her bond with Sam Heughan is just as strong off-screen as she took to Twitter to share an amusing birthday tribute to the actor, who turned 37 on Monday

Funny: Caitriona Balfe proved her bond with Sam Heughan is just as strong off-screen as she took to Twitter to share an amusing birthday tribute to the actor, who turned 37 on Monday

The Super 8 star also shared a hilarious behind-the-scenes snap from their show, which showed the Doctors’ actor sticking his tongue out at an amused Caitriona.

The model also posted a meme of the Island at War actor, who joined thousands to run the 26-mile Stirling marathon on Sunday.

In the snap, the screen star sported a sweaty look, edited with the speech bubble: ‘I like getting my nails done!’

Close pals: In one hilarious tweet, the Irish actress, 38, penned: 'Twitter just asked what's happening...and I can safely say I have no idea!!!! Happy Birthday our kid @SamHeughan'

Close pals: In one hilarious tweet, the Irish actress, 38, penned: ‘Twitter just asked what’s happening…and I can safely say I have no idea!!!! Happy Birthday our kid @SamHeughan’

Alongside the meme, Caitriona penned: ‘Who da best..????? Always pamper yourself on your birthday. Especially if you’ve just crushed a marathon!!! @SamHeughan #ipromisei’llstopnow.’

Sam – who completed the race in three hours and 15 minutes – helped to raise £16,000 for Cahonas Scotland.

They pair been hard at work shooting season four of their critically-acclaimed show for the past few months after a gripping series three finale.

Tribute: The model also posted a meme of the Island at War actor, who joined thousands to run the 26-mile Stirling marathon on Sunday

Tribute: The model also posted a meme of the Island at War actor, who joined thousands to run the 26-mile Stirling marathon on Sunday

Viewers were left on the edge of their seats when Claire and Sam Heughan’s character James landed on the shores of America after battling an epic shipwreck in the season three finale of Outlander.

The season three finale opened with Claire submerged in the water with a rope around her in dramatic scenes.

‘Everything around me was a blinding white. And there was a soft rushing sound like the wings of angels. I felt peaceful and bodyless. Free of terror. Free of rage. Filled with a quiet happiness,’ she said in a voice over.

Hotly-anticipated: Viewers were left on the edge of their seats when Claire and Sam Heughan's character James landed on the shores of America after battling an epic shipwreck in the season three finale of Outlander

Hotly-anticipated: Viewers were left on the edge of their seats when Claire and Sam Heughan’s character James landed on the shores of America after battling an epic shipwreck in the season three finale of Outlander

The nail-biting ending referenced the show’s beginning and saw Claire fighting for her life after nearly drowning in the Caribbean Sea.

But before it is too late James then jumped in and rescued her, with the pair then both washing up on a beach.

Season four is an adaptation of the fourth book in Diana Gabaldon’s series of novels – Drums Of Autumn.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5674723/Outlanders-Caitriona-Balfe-shares-hilarious-tributes-Sam-Heughan-37th-birthday.html#ixzz5EFPirnnj
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Outlander star Sam Heughan helps to launch the Glasgow International festival

Outlander star Sam Heughan joined a star-studded guest list to help launch the Glasgow International festival’s opening party this weekend.

More than 1,200 art lovers, artists and revellers joined the celebrations at SWG3, including Britpop legend Jarvis Cocker and fashion designer Pam Hogg.

Guests were treated to previews of four exhibitions, including jewellery designs by Judy Blame, the legendary artist – known for working with Neneh Cherry and Boy George – who passed away earlier this year.

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A Roomful of Lovers (Glasgow) by Richard Wentworth and Victoria Miguel was shown in the Galvanisers, with strings of heavy steel chains criss crossing across the huge space and dangling sheets of text.

Jarvis Cocker and Steve Mackey brought their Dancefloor Meditations for some escapist fun, with party goers taken on a ‘mind-altering journey into musical consciousness’ – all in complete darkness, and with music ranging from iconic dance numbers to Marvin Gaye’s Sexual Healing.

The Pulp frontman’s appearance in Yorkhill was followed by a quick visit to Mono for Record Store Day on Saturday, as reported on Glasgow Live.

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The biggest festival for contemporary visual art in Scotland, Glasgow International runs for three weeks, with 265 artists and 78 venues across the city involved.

It’s on until May 7 and you can find out more over at glasgowinternational.org.

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The Outlander love story boosts visitor numbers

Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan star in Outlander, which has given historic sites in Scotland a huge boost in visitor numbers
Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan star in Outlander, which has given historic sites in Scotland a huge boost in visitor numbers

Fans of the hit television series Outlander helped to push tourist numbers at Scotland’s historic castles past the five million mark for the first time last year. Our Outlander set locations tour features visits to Doune Castle , Blackness Castle and Linlithgow palace

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Historic Environment Scotland (HES) said that people had come from across the world to see sites associated with the time-travel fantasy starring Sam Heughan and Caitriona BalfeSam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe. It said that the “Outlander effect” had led to a 27 per cent increase in tourists from the US and a 19 per cent increase in those coming from France compared with the previous year.

Visitor numbers to Doune Castle, the location for the fictional Castle Leoch, are up by 227 per cent since 2013, when Outlander was first screened. The 15th-century Blackness Castle in West Lothian, the setting for the Tv series has seen a huge rise in visitor numbers .

Stephen Duncan, Director of Commercial and Tourism at HES, said: “Our record breaking visitor figures, including across all of our top ten sites, are a tremendous achievement for Scotland’s heritage tourism sector, reflecting the continued interest shown by tourists and home-grown visitors to learn more about our rich Scottish heritage.

“The exchange rate, as well as strong airport numbers, have both contributed to the growing figures.

“This rise in visitor numbers at our staffed sites has also been complemented by visitor growth at our unstaffed free access properties, bringing the overall total to an estimated 12 million.”

The top 10 most-visited HES attractions all individually celebrated record-breaking years, with over 2 million people passing over Edinburgh Castle’s drawbridge, an increase of nearly 300,000 visitors in comparison to the previous year.

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Outlander fans visitor numbers to the Clan Fraser memorial are up

Historians who maintain the Culloden Battlefield in Scotland are reportedly blaming fans of the novels and TV series for trampling the area around the Clan Fraser memorial .

The property manager of Culloden says more than 180,000 people visited the battlefield last year, up 28 percent from 2016. Some even left behind little cutouts of Sam Heughan, who plays Jamie Fraser on the Starz drama.

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The Battle of Culloden was teased at the end of season 2 and depicted in the premiere episode of season 3 on Outlander. It was a brief re-creation of the actual confrontation that took place on April 16, 1745 between British troops and the Jacobite forces of Bonnie Prince Charlie. In the series, it’s where Jamie finally kills Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies).

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“Some of the things I have seen at Culloden have really got my back up,” Alasdair MacNeill of the Circle of Gentlemen, a Jacobite appreciation society, tells the Daily Record. “A lot the visitors are American and seem to think they are on a film set rather than a war grave. They maybe don’t know the history. But how would they feel if I walked my dog across Gettysburg?”

The National Trust for Scotland is reportedly hoping to reseed the area around the monument. In the meantime, Outlander series author Diana Gabaldon weighed in on the phenomenon with a not-so-subtle message to fans to tread lightly on such hallowed ground.

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Katey Boal and her team do a wonderful job in conserving, curating and presenting this precious part of Scotland’s heritage, and I’m sure that all Outlander fans are more than grateful and appreciative of their efforts, and I am sure they will make every effort to support them. https://twitter.com/ScotlandNow/status/985868066021142528