More4 to air Outlander on UK TV for first time
James R | On 29, Jun 2017
More4 has snapped up the rights to Outlander, the hit time-travelling fantasy series. The show, which is based on Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling books, was originally acquired as an exclusive for Amazon Prime Video, with Season 2 airing last year on the streaming service. While Season 3 will screen on Amazon later this year, though, More4 will be premiering Outlander on old-fashioned TV for the first time.
The deal between Sony Pictures Television and Channel 4 will see the 16 episodes air on More4, starting on Thursday 29th June, which will be belated but welcome news for fans of the show that complained about Amazon’s initial acquisition, as their Internet access meant that they could not tune in.
The show follows the story of Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe), a married WW11 combat nurse from 1945 who mysteriously falls back in time to 1743 where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world and her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan), a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate relationship is ignited that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
Starring Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan and Tobias Menzies and produced by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Gallactica), the historical epic blends political intrigue, bloody battles and steamy romance like no other show.
“In a sea of male-driven epics, Outlander is a series with a uniquely female gaze. It leaves you wanting to see more,” we wrote in our review of the very first episode. You can stream the first two seasons on Amazon Prime Video now. With episodes set to arrive on All 4 following their broadcast every week, in short, you have no excuse not to have seen it.