It was confirmed today by the UK Government that the TV adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series of novels will be shot in Scotland, creating 200 new jobs in the process.
A new TV studio and production base will also be built near Glasgow and an estimated 2,400 supporting artist roles will be cast from within Scotland and the UK. US cable network, Starz, will benefit from a new tax relief for high-end television industries announced in 2012.
The 16 episode series will be produced by Battlestar Galactica’s Ronald Moore and will star Scottish actor, Sam Heughan. Filming is set to begin in September 2013.
Gabaldon’s novels, which began with Cross Stitch in 1994, feature a romance between Claire Randall, a nurse from 1945, and Jamie Fraser (Heughan), a Highlander from the 18th Century, who meet when the former travels back to Scotland in 1743. Over 20 million copies of the books have been sold and a strong fan base exists.
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said: “I am delighted that Outlander will be filmed in Scotland, and welcome the extra investment that will be made to the Scottish television industry. I hope that this series will make the most of the stunning landscape and the talented actors, crew and facilities that Scotland has to offer.
“This is an exciting development for television in Scotland and shows the clear benefit of the UK’s high end TV tax credits. We want Britain to be the best place in the world to make films and TV.”
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