A piece of Hollywood comes to Badenoch
A hugely popular series of books which has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide is being brought to life in the strath as part of a new US TV blockbuster.
Hollywood has been at the Highland Folk Museum at Newtonmore for the past week, and filming is expected to continue for a while yet.
Global media company ‘Starz’ and Battlestar Galactica executive producer Ronald D. Moore have teamed up with Sony Pictures TV to record the brand new show, ‘Outlander’.
The series is based on Diana Gabaldon’s international bestselling novels and spans the genres of romance, science fiction, history, and adventure in one grandiose tale.
It follows the story of Claire Randell, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743.
The US makers have chosen to base some of the series in the tailor-made time capsule setting of the folk museum which is home to the Baile Gean ‘township’ complete with turf houses.
Amanda Frazer, the branch and regional chair of the Federation of Small Businesses, told the ‘Strathy’: "This filming is great news for the strath and the wider Highlands.
"In addition to a healthy injection of cash into Badenoch’s economy from the film crew at what is a fairly slow time of the year, the series will also bring our stunning scenery and rich history and cultural heritage to the attention of a worldwide audience – a real fillip for tourism."
A Starz statement confirmed that 16 episodes are in the making of the new show.
The series adaptation for "Outlander" has been written by Moore, who has also worked on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and The Next Generation as well as Battlestar Galactica.