Tag: Catriona Balfe


This is something I haven’t blogged about for a while.
I successfully put it to the back of my mind so that the wait for season 2 wasn’t too dramatic!!
Unlike a certain film franchise who is just going to tease us between episodes with stand alone movies and bluray releases…….. and breath….. no, I’m not bitter about that at all….

So, season 2 of Outlander is just 2 weeks away.
In season 2, we have gone from the rough and rugged highlands of Scotland.

To the sumptuous extravagance of 1740’s France and it looks like the costume designers have done themselves proud!

Really looking forward to the change in dinamic this season.


That was not easy watching for a Sunday morning!!

Last night saw the finale to the first series of Outlander.
So as I had my morning coffee with the rest of the family in bed, I settled down to watch an hour of the most harrowing TV I think I’ve ever watched.

This is the adaptation of the first book in a series that I started reading nearly 20 years ago.
I’ve waited so long to see it brought to the screen and when I found out it was finally being made into a series I was both excited and scared.
Excited because the books are incredible! The story, the people, the scenery, the descriptions that bring it all to life, Diana Gabaldon really does her research to get it all right.
Scared because I know how the first book ends and it doesn’t end well for the hero of the books, James Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser.
Doubly scared because I didn’t know if the TV series would be able to do the books any justice.

I needn’t have worried.
The series was in good hands with Ron Moore and his wife , Terry Dresbach, who is a big Outlander fan herself, did an amazing job researching and making all the costumes!

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Sixteen episodes later and we have been taken through every emotion imaginable.
We have seen Claire, struggling with her concience about abandoning her husband in 1945, we have seen her falling in love with Jamie, ‘we‘ have fallen in love with Jamie!
We learned about the history between Jamie and Jack Randall and we learned to despise ‘Black’ Jack Randall.
This all lead up to the finale.
A finale that has broken quite a big barrier for TV and depicted in quite some detail, the torture, rape and breaking of a man.

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These were the scenes from the book that I knew were coming at the end of this first series.
For 15 episodes, I knew in the back of my mind that this was going to happen.
It worried me.
I didn’t know what I was expecting but I knew that if they were going to stay as true as possible to the book, and up to episode 15 they had, then episode 16 was going to be excruciating to watch.

I wasn’t wrong.

Throughout the episode we see Jamie slowly broken, both in body and soul.
Sam Heughan and Tobias Menzies did an astounding job with very difficult material and as difficult as it was to watch, they got it right!

I can now breath a sigh of relief.
The hard bit is over and I can’t wait for series 2 to start airing in the Autumn!!


OK, I succeeded in getting the husband interested in Outlander.
As a Scot himself he was intrigued with how they would be portrayed and I don’t think he was disappointed!

I for one, have just done something I haven’t done in over 5 years!
I’ve grabbed some images.
Oh if only I were still doing the artwork for collector fayres.
I would have given my right arm for a computer package that took grabs like this 10 years ago and now it comes as standard with Windows!!

Oh well, meet James Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser and Claire Randall, AKA Sam Heughan and Catriona Balfe.
After Reading the books I had a firm picture in my head about what these characters should look like and interact with each other.
If I had any doubts prior to seeing this episode they were blown away as Jamie and Claire quite literally walked off the pages of the book.

I know what lies ahead for Claire and especially Jamie in this first season and my heart is already breaking!
I just hope the rest of the season is as good, if not better than this first episode.

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I was having a little chuckle to myself when I got home after a lovely evening out with Mick and Chris to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary.
I was trying to find a photo of some camouflage kilts that I had see recently to show Mick when I came across this….

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After a spark of an idea was given to me by Chris over dinner, I found this picture to be quite apt!!
I decided to make it the cover photo on my Facebook page!!

The timing of the photo couldn’t have been better.

It all came about because we started to discuss a new TV series over our dinner.
A series that I have blogged about before, many moons ago.
Back in July 2013 I found out they were making my favourite books into a TV series.
Not a small production either!

‘Outlander is based on a series of novels by Diana Gabaldon which tell the story of Claire and James Fraser, a couple who time travel between 18th and 20th century Scotland.
It will be set in Scotland, with the production company planning to build a new television studio and production base near Glasgow.’

Yep, they built their own production base!
They have said that this will be the Scottish ‘Game of Thrones’ and I can only hope it’s as successful because these books will make a fantastic series for quite a few years to come!

I cannot wait to meet James Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser!!

The show starts this weekend, hence the photo on my FB page!



Dish of the Week number 49 was James Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser, a character I know very well from some amazing books I’ve read.

At the end of July last year  I found out that these books were being made into a major new TV series.

Bit by bit information started appearing on the internet and then the principle cast were announced.
I have to admit that when I found out Sam Heughan was cast as Jamie I immediately Googled him and found myself a little dissappointed.

Don’t get me wrong, Sam Heughan is a very good looking young man.



Good looking maybe, 6’3 and a Scot. OK
But Jamie was supposed to be a wild haired ‘red’ head and a little more rugged and weather worn.
Sam wasn’t quite there in my mind.

However, they have since completed filming at least the first 4 episodes of series 1 and have started the promotion game.
I have caught a couple of gatherings with the author Diana Gabalden, the Executive Producer Ron Moore and the two principle cast members, Claire and Jamie played by Catriona Balfe and Sam Heughan.


Sam has gone through a bit of a transformation!
He’s grown the hair and dyed it red.
He’s sporting a rough beard. That one must be a pain to keep the right colour!!



Let’s see….

6’3…. check
Scot…. check
Wild red hair…. check
Blue eyes…… check

Sam was merely Jamie in disguise…. he’s perfect!!


As for Sam as an actor, well we’ll just have to see about that one because I have seen him in absolutely nothing!!
But judging by this trailer I have nothing to worry about.
Follow the link and watch it to the end!!


“You’ll no be scared o me or anyone else here, as long as I’m with you”

Oh be still my beating heart!!
Jamie Fraser has quite literally jumped off the pages of the books and onto the screen.
Do I really have to wait until July to see this?!!!!

Diana Gabaldon recently credited the demographics of her readers as identifying with — and wanting to be — Claire, especially because of her steamy relationship with Jamie Fraser: “They sort of want to lick him,” Gabaldon said.

And she was right!!


This blog may have a few small spoilers about the up coming show, so if you don’t want to know, don’t read!!!
You have been warned.

Time to crank up my excitement level a notch!

Back in October my Dish of the Week number 49 was James Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser.
There’s a mouthful!!

He is a character in a set of books by Diana Gabalden.
The Outlander Series.

Anyway, I had just found out that they are making these books into a TV series that could potentially be more successful than Game of Thrones and as sumptuous as The Tudors.
The books are told from the viewpoint of a heroin, Claire Randall and starts in post second world war Scotland but quickly lands our heroin in the Scottish Highlands in 1743.

This is an amazing set of books and I’ve only read the first 4!

I also stated ‘Expect me to get very excited as this series looms nearer’
Well….. here goes!!!! because today I saw the first trailer for the series.

Entertainment Weekly has posted an interview with the principle stars, Director  and the author that states……

Showrunner Ron Moore pitched Gabaldon on a different opening, the author revealed at the show’s Television Critics Association press tour panel in Pasadena. Gabaldon said the show will open with Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) during World War II. The show will open with a two-minute prologue set in a field hospital with Claire “in her element” as a wartime nurse. “You need to appreciate her immediately,” Gabaldon recalled Moore pitching. “It shows her being the competent and resilient person that she is.”

Another critic asked if a pivotal scene from the book where Claire is harshly physically punished by her lover Jamie (Sam Heughan) will be seen.

“It’s in the book and it’s in the show,” said Moore, who wore a kilt to the panel. “It’s certainly an explosive scene. It hasn’t been shot yet, it’s down the road a bit. It’s a shocking moment, but its an important part of the development of the characters and we’re going to go for it.”

A critic referred to the scene as Jamie “beating the crap” out of Claire, and Gabaldon clarified: “He spanks her bottom with his sword belt and she doesn’t like it.” Moore then added: “Everybody was in mortal danger due to something she did specifically — in Jamie’s world, there’s a cost to that.”

OMG!! They’re going for it!
That scene is going to be a killer to watch.

Judging by this photo, it looks like they are going to show the books in every single detail.


Don’t know If I’m going to want to see Randall beating the crap out of Jamie!!

I can’t wait to see this show!!
Apart from ‘Summer’ I have no idea when it’s going to air.
As soon as I know I’ll let you know.