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Author Diana Gabaldon has a cameo appearance in the episode "The Gathering," playing Iona McTavish, who speaks to Mrs. Fitz (Annette Badland) as she escorts Claire to watch the oath taking ceremony.
According to Ronald D. Moore, the show runner, the team decided to keep the Gaelic words instead of translating them to English. This maintained the first person narrative by showing Claire's inability to understand the Gaelic.
The song playing in the opening credits uses the melody of the Skye Boat Song, a song that describes the escape of Bonnie Prince Charlie from Uist to Skye after his defeat in the Battle of Culloden. Composer Bear McCreary adapted Robert Louis Stevenson's poem Sing Me A Song of Lad that is Gone to fit with Claire's time traveling journey.
Grant O'Rourke (Rupert) attended university with Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser) and Laura Donelly (Jenny Fraser Murray) and all three knew each other at school.
Author Diana Gabaldon credits watching Frazer Hines in the Doctor Who serial The War Games (and finding him fetching in a kilt) as the inspiration for setting her first novel, Outlander, in 18th-century Scotland, and for naming the novel's male protagonist "Jamie". (However, she says that the character's surname, "Fraser", is a coincidence, as the PBS station on which she watched Doctor Who habitually cut off the episode's credits, so she did not learn Frazer Hines' name until several years after Outlander was published.) Hines would later go on to play Sir Fletcher Gordon in the episode Wentworth Prison.
Sam Heughan was one of the first to be cast even though creator Ronald D. Moore thought he would be the last. Caitriona Balfe was cast just weeks before shooting.
Doune Castle was used as Castle Leoch. The castle is famous for being featured in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It was also used as Winterfell in Game of Thrones. The castle is located in the village of Doune, near Stirling.
This series is shot on the digital Alexa camera which handles low light conditions well. This allowed the creators to film many low light or candlelit scenes.
The "guillotine" referred to in the series is actually "The Maiden", a Scottish precursor to the French beheading machine. During execution, victims actually faced up toward the blade - as opposed to being face down in the guillotine. The Maiden was used from 1564 up to 1710. Over 150 people had been executed with this device. The guillotine did not begin to be used in France until 1789.
The show had a full season ordered without a pilot. When you watch the first episode, it was never filmed as a separate pilot.
In the episode Both Sides Now, Hugh Munro gives Claire the wedding gift of a dragonfly in amber, as he does in the first book of the Outlander series. The second book in the series is titled Dragonfly in Amber.
When Laura Donnelly auditioned for the part of Janet "Jenny" Fraser, she found an old schoolmate would be her partner, Sam Heughan. They had previously attended acting school together. Later they would play sister and brother, Janet and Jamie Fraser.
Sam Heughan, who plays Jamie Fraser in the series, is naturally blond in real life. Since the character has red hair in the books, he has to dye his hair periodically to play a redhead in the series.
The castle referred to as Fort William is in fact Blackness Castle in West Lothian, Central Scotland.
Blackness Castle (depicted as Fort William) is located on the South Bank of the Firth of Forth, West Lothian, Central Scotland.
In the book, the early events took place during spring in the festival of Beltane. Because of the shooting schedule, they changed the season to fall and focused on the holiday of Samhain.
Executive Director Ronald D. Moore has a cameo in "The Gathering".
The village of Cransmuir is fictional. So all outside scenes were filmed in the small historic village called Culross in Fife, Scotland. Culross is a National Trust For Scotland heritage village.
Costume Designer Terry Dresbach is married to producer Ron Moore. She and Co-producer, Maril Davis, suggested the books to Moore to produce as a TV show.
Tobias Menzies and Sam Heughan also star in Any Human Heart (2010) together.
Based on a series of books, made into an original series for Starz channel. The first book was published in 1991.
It takes 44 minutes in the premiere for the secondary main character, and Claire's later love interest, Jamie Fraser to make an appearance.
The project was originally conceived as a stand-alone film starring Katherine Heigl as Claire Randall.
Based on the novel written by Diana Gabaldon.
Several actors in Outlander have also appeared in Game of Thrones. Tobias Menzies (Frank/Jack Randall) plays Edmure Tully. Clive Russell (Lord Lovat) played Brynden Tully. Duncan Lacroix (Murtagh Fraser) played a Karstark soldier. Diana Rigg, who appears in a clip of the television series The Avengers at the start of the episode "Dragonfly in Amber," plays Olenna Tyrell.
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Gary Lewis (who plays Colum MacKenzie) and Stanley Weber (who plays Comte St. Germain) both acted together in "Not Another Happy Ending (2013).
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Season 3 will include several Easter Eggs in it according to Matt Roberts and Costume Designer Terry Dresbach. Dresbach revealed at the Thru The Stones convention, a costume worn in an earlier season will be repurposed and worn by another character.
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In this show, Frank Randall, played by Tobias Menzies, was part of MI6, the British intelligence agency during WWII. In a BBC TV show called The Night Manager (2016), Tobias Menzies also plays the role of an MI6 agent in the 21th century.

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