Outlander is coming to traditional television in the UK. Channel 4 has secured the linear broadcast rights to Starz’s time-travel drama for their digi-net More4 after striking a deal with international distributor Sony Pictures Television, TVWise has learned. The show’s first season will launch on More4 later this month.
A fierce bidding war for Outlander broke out when the series hit the international market in late 2014/early 2015, which Amazon Prime Video UK eventually won. This deal between Channel 4 and Sony Pictures Television has no impact on Amazon Prime Video UK’s first window deal and they will air the third season within 24 hours of the U.S. broadcast later this year.
This is the second major deal for a U.S. scripted acquisition that Channel 4 has struck for More4 in the past several months. They previously agreed a multi-season deal with CBS Studios International for The Good Wife spin-off The Good Fight, which is set to return for a second season in 2018. TVWise understands that C4 is also in talks with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution to pick up The Big Bang Theory spin-off Young Sheldon for E4.
Outlander spans the genres of romance, science fiction, history, and adventure in one grandiose tale. It follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
The series, which recently wrapped production on season three, is based on the novel series by Diana Gabaldon and was developed for television by Battlestar Galactica‘s Ronald D. Moore. Outlander stars Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzes, Graham McTavish, Gary Lewis, Duncan Lacroix, Annette Badland, Lotte Verbeek and Stephen Walters also star. The drama series is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining & Supply Company and Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television.