Falkland hits US TV screens

Falkland was transformed into a town from the 1940s for the filming of Outlander. (Photograph by Steve Brown)
Falkland was transformed into a town from the 1940s for the filming of Outlander. (Photograph by Steve Brown)

The town of Falkland will feature on American TV screens when new series ‘Outlander’ is broadcast for the first time tomorrow (Saturday).

For a few days in October last year, Falkland’s High Street was taken back in time to the 1940s as scenes were shot for the American sci-fi production.

Those scenes are now set to shown by US cable network Starz.

FifeScreen, which promotes the region globally on behalf of Fife Council and works alongside TayScreen to attract production companies to the area, was instrumental in persuading top location managers Hugh Gourlay and Miglet Crichton that the Kingdom was the place to shoot ‘Outlander’.

Julie Craik, manager of FifeScreen, said: “It’s been a great pleasure and privilege to help ‘Outlander’. Hugh and Miglet are two of the top location managers in the country and we’re delighted they were sold on Fife for such a high profile production.

“Fife is especially attractive for its unique coastal and historic locations and this gave the area huge appeal for the production.

“But it’s not just locations that get projects to come here. It’s a huge team effort when a production of this scale is filming, so a special thank you to the Council’s transport services and building services teams, and the community councils.”

Councillor Lesley Laird, Fife Council’s depute leader, added: “It’s really exciting that Fife will be showcased in the new US series ‘Outlander’. We are so lucky to have such beautiful landscapes, quaint picturesque towns and villages on our doorstep. This is probably why we have been successful in attracting screen producers for a number of years.

“The partnership between FifeScreen and TayScreen secures around 70 projects annually injecting around £1.5 million of spend in the local economy.”

‘Outlander’, which was also filmed in Limekilns and Culross, is based on Diana Gabaldon’s seven-book series, which tells the story of Claire and Jamie Fraser, who use time travel to slip between 18th and 20th century Scotland.

It’s hoped the series will be picked up by broadcasters in the UK and across the world.

A trailer for ‘Outlander’ can be viewed at the link www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnaqypyJDHs