Outlander’s Sam Heughan speaks on new move away from Starz series: ‘It’s a great fit’

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Despite some reservations from author of the Outlander novels, Diana Gabaldon, Sam Heughan has won fans over as heartthrob highlander Jamie Fraser. For years now, viewers have followed Jamie’s romance with time traveller Claire Fraser (played by Caitriona Balfe). But fans of the Starz series will be seeing Sam in a whole new light as he fronts a new show.

Sam has teamed up with co-star Graham McTavish to produce Men in Kilts, which will see the pair travelling around the highlands.

Speaking about the move away from Outlander, Sam teased: “I have been working on producing things and this is one of the first ideas when looking for something to produce.

“I was chatting to Graham and we had this idea and initially we were going to do a podcast.

“Then I thought, ‘Why don’t we just shoot it as a mini-series?’

“The footage we got and the tone of the piece when we cut it together was so fun.

“We fortunately found a home and it’s a great fit with Starz and I can’t for people to see it.”

Opening up about reuniting with co-star Graham, Sam told Gold Derby: “He is a great travel companion, he is grumpy, he’s tired and it’s TV gold.

“You want to go on a road trip with me and Graham, it’s a lot of fun.”

As fans wait for Men in Kilts to hit television screens, Sam has recently teased details of season six of Outlander.

Appearing in the final episode of the Outlander End of Summer Series alongside Caitriona, he was asked: “Jamie has a lot of new challenges in season six, what are you most looking forward to?”

“I’ve started book six and I’m about half way through but I haven’t got all the way through yet,” Sam replied.

“It’s so interesting to see what the writers have done and where we are going.

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“I don’t know where we end up. Where we leave season five, the whole family is fractured, they are together but fractured.

“Claire has some healing to do as well.”

Caitriona added: “For sure. It’s one of the things I’m looking forward to, seeing how she copes with all of that and the repercussions of it but the family as a whole unit heal together or help her to heal.

“I think that’s going to be part of a really lovely story.”

Sam also spoke about the “co-stars” he didn’t enjoy sharing screen time with – maggots!

“I had this prosthetic on and you can’t see where it ends so it was just kind of waiting for them to find the edge and get under it,” he recalled.

“I was also trying to stay in the scene but it’s hard when you’ve got thousands of little maggots charging around trying to get in every crook.”

Outlander seasons 1-5 are available to stream on Amazon Prime Video now.

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