Outlander: 9 things you might not know about Sam Heughan and Caitríona Balfe show

Outlander Season 6 might be over – but here are 9 interesting facts you may not know about the Sam Heughan and Caitríona Balfe series.

Based on the popular book series by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander is the time travelling fantasy drama which brought Caitríona Balfe and Sam Heughan to our screens as Claire and Jamie Fraser.

Filmed in Scotland and watched all over the world, we thought we’d share a few interesting things you may not know about the show.

1. “This man is grotesque!”

Author Diana Gabaldon’s first reaction to the casting of Sam Heughan as Jaime? “This man is grotesque!” But she quickly changed her mind when she saw his audition tape. “He was gone: it was just Jamie Fraser. He had nailed this particular scene just perfectly. He had the exact right combination of menace, sex, everything,” she said.

2. An intimate scene had to be reshot due to Scottish weather

Mild spoiler: An outdoor sex scene between Claire and Jamie had to be reshot as it didn’t have enough nudity. They were filming beside a river in Scotland in November, so the actors were freezing and fully clothed. But producers decided to reshoot as it wasn’t deemed sexy enough, according to Catriona Balfe (Claire). The scene, which is in season four, was eventually refilmed when Scottish temperatures were a little warmer, and both actors got their kit off.

3. It may have been delayed due to Indyref

It is rumoured the release of the very first Outlander series may have been delayed due to the Scottish Independence Referendum in 2014. Although author Diana Gabaldon has denied this, emails leaked by Wikileaks show then UK Prime Minister Cameron met with Sony representatives weeks before to discuss the show’s release date. Lead actor Sam Heughan has been vocal in his support for Scottish Independence.

4. Castle Leoch was also in Game of Thrones

Doune Castle, which is where the Castle Leoch scenes were filmed, is no stranger to television and film. The Medieval stronghold in Stirling starred in Monty Python and the Holy Grail – “Your mother smells of elderberries!” – and also as Winterfell in Game of Thrones.

5. Gaelic words were left untranslated for a reason

Show developer Ronald D. Moore said they chose to keep the Gaelic words instead of translating them into English, and there was a conscious decision not to use subtitles. This was so the audience is put in the perspective of Claire, the outlander, who does not understand the language.

6. It may have left Scotland, but it’s still here

Although the Outlander characters left Scotland for America in season four, filming remains here. Ever since the show moved across the Atlantic, Scottish locations have doubled for 18th century North Carolina. Here is the latest series being filmed in Dysart, Fife.

7. The standing stones are on the Isle of Lewis

Mild spoiler for episode one ahead: the large central standing stone which transports Claire back in time is based on the central stone in the Callanish Standing Stones on the Isle of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.

8. Author Diana Gabaldon has a cameo

Author Diana Gabaldon has a cameo as Iona MacTavish in series one, episode four. She only has a few lines, but the Arizonan wrote on her blog about how it took about five hours to film and she had to go over her Scottish accent with a dialect coach – but she didn’t get stage fright.

9. It was inspired by Dr Who

The setting for Diana Gabaldon’s first Outlander novel was inspired by an episode of Doctor Who. The writer says watching Frazer Hines in The War Games influenced the character of Jamie. Similarities have also been drawn between Outlander and Brigadoon, a 1954 film which sees Gene Kelly transported back in time and fall in love with a Highlander.

Source: scotsman.com

Ivaylo Angelov
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Ivaylo Angelov born in Bulgaria, Varna graduated School Geo Milev is Tvserieswelove's Soaps Editor and oversees all of the section's news, features, spoilers and interviews.

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Ivaylo Angelov born in Bulgaria, Varna graduated School Geo Milev is Tvserieswelove's Soaps Editor and oversees all of the section's news, features, spoilers and interviews.