Outlander’s Sam Heughan is launching a podcast all about Scottish history

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The actor, most famous for playing Jamie on the time-travelling drama, is starting a podcast with his co-star Graham McTavish that will delve deep into Scottish history and culture. Sign us up.

Let’s talk about what’s good about Outlander, the time-travelling Scottish melodrama that airs on Starz and streams on Amazon Prime.

In Claire (Caitriona Balfe), Outlander features a strong, feminist lead character and the series has a refreshing approach to her sex scenes with Jamie (Sam Heughan), always filming them through the female gaze. There’s the beautiful costumes, designed with detail and care by Nina Ayres and Terry Dresbach. And, of course, there’s the television show’s beautiful vistas of Scotland captured in all of its raw and wild beauty. 

Now for the bad – Outlander isn’t always the most reliable when it comes to Scottish history.

Yes, the television show features snippets of real-life events, such as the Jacobite Rebellion and the Battle of Culloden. But given that it also features time-travelling sacred stones that allow its main character Claire to zip back and forth in time like some kind of post-WWII era Marty McFly, Outlander isn’t always the most reliable source. It’s not going to become part of school curriculum anytime soon, let’s put it that way.

Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan in Outlander
Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan in Outlander.

Maybe Heughan is aware of this, or maybe he just really wants to get in on the podcasting game. Either way, we can’t wait for the launch of Clan Lands, Heughan’s new podcast with his Outlander co-star Graham McTavish, who played Jamie’s uncle Dougal on the series.

According to the podcast’s Instagram account, Clan Lands will be “based on the Scottish Clans, their history, culture and the language of Scotland… if these two don’t get lost or drunk. Or both.”

“I’m not sure I’m ready for this,” Heughan wrote on his Instagram. “But it’ll be an adventure!” McTavish added: “Stay tuned for a lot of fun, history, landscape and kilts.” 

Heughan and McTavish aren’t the only celebrities getting involved in the world of podcasting. Everyone from Alec Baldwin to Anna Faris, Russell Brand to Jonathan Van Ness and David Tennant to Dax Shepard are all keen podcasters. And now we can add Heughan and McTavish to that list.

Clan Lands will launch wherever you get your podcasts soon. Stay tuned for more details.       

Images: Getty, Starz

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