‘Outlander’ finds its UK home

In a press release today, Amazon Prime Instant Video formally announced itself as the long-awaited home for critically acclaimed U.S. television series, Outlander.

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The long wait for Outlander fans is almost over as Series 1 premiere date is set for 26th March exclusively on the UK’s largest movie and TV streaming service, Prime Instant Video

LONDON26 February 2015 – Today, in celebration of Amazon Prime Instant Video’s first anniversary, Amazon announced that Outlander – the smash-hit US show filmed in Scotland – will be available in the UK exclusively to millions of Amazon Prime Instant Video customers for unlimited streaming from 26th March 2015.

Outlander was acquired in a deal with Sony Pictures Television, who distributes the series worldwide.  The hit drama is filmed at locations across Scotland, featuring a British & Irish cast, and is the winner of this year’s People’s Choice Awards for Favourite Cable Sci Fi/Fantasy TV Show. The show has an 8.8 out of 10 IMDb rating.

Outlander will be joining major exclusive shows on the UK’s largest streaming service including award-winning Transparent, British customers favourite period drama Ripper Street, Roman Coppola’s orchestral comedy Mozart in the Jungle, Norse action-drama Vikings, and the latest Amazon Original Bosch – the most watched Amazon Original series in its opening weekend, with already more than 700 customer reviews averaging at 4.8 out of 5 stars.

On 26 February 2014 Amazon Prime Instant Video launched in the UK with the announcement that Amazon had commissioned a third season of the critically-acclaimed British period crime drama Ripper Street. It’s been a landmark first year for Amazon Prime Instant Video, from breaking history as the first streaming service to win a Golden Globe for Best TV Series with Transparent, saving the much loved series Ripper Street from the axe, bringing flagship shows such as Vikings and Black Sailsexclusively to its customers and signing up legendary director Woody Allen to deliver his first ever TV series.  Prime customers are also able to stream exclusive popular movies including 12 Years A Slave, Django Unchained, Life of Pi and Pitch Perfect – in all there are more than 15,000 popular movies and TV episodes available for unlimited streaming, the UK’s largest subscription streaming selection.

“In the last year we have launched some fantastic shows for our customers, what better way to celebrate our first anniversary than by bringing the gripping first series of Outlander exclusively to our millions of UK Prime members, said Jay Marine, Vice President of Amazon Instant Video in the EU. “Filmed in Scotland and already hugely popular stateside, we can’t wait to bring the show and its stellar cast of breakthrough British talent to the UK where we know there is a huge fan following already. This addition to the Amazon Prime Instant Video portfolio will be in great company alongside our exciting range of award winning and critically acclaimed original and exclusive TV shows such as Transparent, Ripper Street, Bosch, Vikings, and Mozart in the Jungle.”

Mike Wald, executive vice president, international distribution for Sony Pictures Television, said: “Amazon is an ideal partner for this rich, cinematic production which has already thrilled millions of fans worldwide, and now UK audiences can binge on the episodes and enjoy it on demand.”

The first 8 episodes of the Outlander season one will be available on Prime Instant Video from Thursday 26th March for fans to binge watch. The remaining episodes will then launch weekly on Amazon Prime Instant Video from Sunday 5th April, each episode being released every Sunday just hours after broadcast in the US.

Amazon Prime Instant Video has also secured the rights to further series, with the second season set to start filming this summer.

Executive produced by Ron Moore and based on the best-selling books by Diana Gabaldon, Outlanderis shot in the Scottish Highlands and  features an all-star British cast including breakthrough starsCaitriona Balfe (Now You See Me, Escape Plan and Super 8) as Claire Randall and Sam Heughan (A Princess for Christmas) as Jamie Fraser.

Outlander is a gripping tale of love, lust and passionate adventures into the past. The show follows the story of Claire, a married World War II nurse who is thrown back in time from 1945 into an unknown world, set in 1743.

Outlander also stars; Tobias Menzies (Game of Thrones) as Frank Randall/Jonathan “Black Jack” Randall, Graham McTavish (The Hobbit) as Dougal MacKenzie, Gary Lewis (Billy Elliot) as Colum MacKenzie, Lotte Verbeek (The Fault in our Stars) as Geillis Duncan, Duncan Lacroix (Vikings) as Murtagh Fitzgibbons, Stephen Walters (Batman Begins) as Angus Mhor and Annette Badland(Eastenders) as Mrs Fitz.

Outlander is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining and Supply Company and Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television.

Outlander will be available to stream on more than 400 devices, including Fire tablets, iPad, iPhone,Amazon Fire Phone, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox, PlayStation, Wii and Wii U, amongst others, and online atwww.amazon.co.uk/PIV. Prime members can add Outlander to their Watchlist and easily access new episodes when they become available every week.

Millions of Amazon Prime members in the UK benefit from unlimited One-Day Delivery on over 7 million items, unlimited photo storage on the Amazon Could Drive, access to unlimited streaming of more than 15,000 popular movies and TV episodes through Prime Instant Video, the UK’s largest streaming service, and over 650,000 Kindle titles to borrow for free from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, all for just £79 a year.

Those who are not already Prime members can sign up for a 30-day free trial at www.amazon.co.uk/prime.

Source: Amazon Instant Video UK

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Episode 79: Di*k practice

In this episode, we discuss recent announcements and continue our Dragonfly in Amber read-along with Chapter 18 “Rape in Paris” with the help of guest, chef, and food writer, Theresa Carle-Sanders. We also share some very cool information about an upcoming convention.

To find out more about Ken Deep’s Long Island conventions, visit their respective sites:
Long Island Geek Who Convention
Long Island Doctor Who Convention

Below are some amazing recipes from Theresa’s OutlanderKitchen.com

Gougères (Cheese Savouries) from Dragonfly in Amber

Beef Consommé from Dragonfly in Amber

Also referenced in our discussion is the cocktail Theresa dedicated to the charming Comte St Germain: The Comte St Germain’s Poison.

The opéra comique that Theresa mentioned, La Dame Blanche, was composed by François-Adrien Boieldieu and was first performed in 1825.

The Mediaeval Baebes’ song “Lhiannan Shee”


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Episode 78: The Hoover Tx

In this episode, we discuss recent announcements and continue our Dragonfly in Amber read-along with Chapter 17 “Possession.”

Here’s the link Ellen G. shared regarding the Marquis de Sade: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marquis_de_Sade.



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Starz releases new ‘Outlander’ trailer for Season 1, Part 2

Starz recently released another trailer for Outlander Season 1, Part 2. We hear the voice over of Jamie (Sam Heughan), telling us that he remembers “every moment, every second,” and compares his seeing Claire (Caitriona Balfe) to the sun appearing. The final words of the trailer are telling: “You are my home, now.”

Don’t miss the return of Outlander Saturday, April 4, 2015!

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Audies, Audies everywhere!

When what to our wondering ears should appear, but an Audie Award nomination for One We Hold Dear!

Written in My Own Heart’s Blood‘s very own voice actor, Davina Porter, has been nominated for a 2015 Audie Award for her performance!

Davina Porter, 2015 Audie Award Nominee

Davina Porter, 2015 Audie Award Nominee

We wish Davina all the best! Huzzah!

Our interviews with Davina Porter:

Episode 13: An interview with Davina Porter

Episode 47: Welcome back, Porter

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Episode 77: Madonna and the matrix

In this episode, we discuss recent announcements and continue our Dragonfly in Amber read-along with Chapter 16 “The Nature of Sulfur.”

Katherine Neville’s The Eight is the book about chess that we both have read. (It’s an excellent read, by the way!)

Spirit Animals and Animal Totems

Extracellular matrix

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A look ahead at ‘Outlander’ Season 1, Part 2

Don’t miss the “look ahead” video released today by Starz. In it, you’ll see a taste of what’s to come in the second half of Season 1: a cheeky Tobias (who has a wonderful delivery of “Droutlander”); Ron calls it “complex” and “dark” and mentions “fallout and repercussions,” politics, Jacobites; Caitriona touches on Claire’s need for honesty; Sam gives a shout out to the “strong” relationship between Jamie and Black Jack; Graham speaks of the tension between the MacKenzie brothers; and Laura describes Jenny as “strong, and confident woman.”

We also get a first look at Steven Cree as Ian Murray.

Steven Cree as Ian Murray

Steven Cree as Ian Murray

And we get a warning from Ron that the season will go in a direction that “a lot of audiences are not expecting.”

As Jamie says at the close, “These are dangerous times, mo nighean donne.”

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Episode 76: In which Music most definitely plays a part

In this episode, we discuss recent announcements and continue our Dragonfly in Amber read-along with Chapter 15 “In Which Music Plays a Part.” We also share our interview with Outlander‘s composer, Bear McCreary.

Find out more about Bear McCreary at his website: http://www.bearmccreary.com/

Bear’s Outlander-specific blog entries can be found at: http://www.bearmccreary.com/#info-center/outlander/.

The book Bear referred to in our interview was Hollywood Chemistry: When science met entertainment, and the chapter he co-wrote is “Consonance and Dissonance: The Art and Science of Film Music.”

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Episode 75: The small, undersized, little escort

In this episode, we discuss recent announcements, and continue our Dragonfly in Amber read-along with Chapter 14 “Meditations on the Flesh.”

To read more about Diana’s description of her unique character types, visit “The Cannibal’s Art – Characterization.

The song “She moved through the fair” is by Sláinte, from their album titled Cup of Tea. (A few of the members of Sláinte came together to form the current group, Mooncoyne.)


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Starz releases first minute of Episode 109 “The Reckoning”

TCA 2015—Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan

TCA 2015—Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan

Starz has released the first minute of Outlander Episode 109 “The Reckoning.” Airing on Saturday, April 4, 2015, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, the return of this critically acclaimed series will end the so-called “Droutlander” experienced by fans since its hiatus began in September 2014.

Source: Starz

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