I am sat here in Glasgow, on 8th August, feeling a little like Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster…
I’ve been watching all the excitement building for the official launch of Outlander on Starz in USA tomorrow and am delighted that all the hard work of the cast and crew of the series is about to hit the big time and people are going to get to see the fruits of their labours. The resources, talent and time that have been poured into filming the Outlander series have been immense and everyone involved should be very proud of what they have achieved (especially if the first episode is anything to go by).
Excitement about the filming in Scotland (big shout out to the ladies that make it to all the filming locations) has been at fever-pitch and back down again and the UK Outlander Bakers have taken their skills to new heights – making Sam do a few more mountains and Tough Mudders just to stay in shape after all that cake and peanut butter treats ! The small bit of filming that took place in Glasgow was incredibly accessible to everyone and it was lovely to be able to go along and see what was happening as well as meet up with some ladies I had met at the Outlander Gathering in Edinburgh earlier in the year.
So why are UK Outlander fans like Nessie ?
I think you could say that we are mostly green eyed monsters right now !
The UK fans have been watching as country after country have announced that they will have Outlander – Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Netherlands, Finland, Denmark… and the mood in the UK camp seems to be changing. We are delighted for our worldwide fellow fans, but maybe getting a little despondent about if and when we will get it here.
Many theories have been put forward as to why it has not yet been announced – could it be due to the referendum on Scottish Independence in September (especially as red coats and government troops are not portrayed in the best light) ? Could it be a question of cash ? Could it be that autumn schedules have already been decided and we won’t see it til Spring at the earliest ? Who knows, but one thing remains certain, we won’t be giving up any time soon and the campaigns to get Outlander shown in UK continue. #UKTVNeedsOutlander.
So for all of you about to start down the Outlander road on TV, I wish you well, have a great opening night tomorrow and for the next 7 weeks and can’t wait to hear about your parties, what you think of it and how big it is going to be once it hits UK TV.