Was Outlander's UK release delayed because of the Independence Referendum?
- Murray Robertson
- 20 April 2015
Leaked email describes meeting between David Cameron and Sony over the importance of Outlander
According to correspondence leaked in last year's big Sony email hack, David Cameron met with Sony representatives regarding the company's potential investment in the UK.
An email from Sony executive vice president Keith Weaver to other Sony executives states, 'Your meeting with Prime Minister Cameron on Monday will likely focus on our overall investment in the U.K. – with special emphasis on the jobs created by TOMMY COOPER, the importance of OUTLANDER (i.e., particularly vis-à-vis the political issues in the U.K. as Scotland contemplates detachment this Fall), and the growth of our channels business.'
Despite Outlander being filmed and set in Scotland, the highly anticipated US/UK co-production only recently secured transmission on these shores, long after its debut in August 2014. Speculation has been rife about the reason for the delay, and at last year's Edinburgh International Book Festival, author Diana Gabaldon, upon whose books the series is based, said, 'The most common rumour is that they’re holding off until after the referendum on independence, but as far as I know there’s no evidence whatsoever to suggest that’s true.'
Developed by Ronald D Moore, the man responsible for the critically adored reboot of Battlestar Galactica, Outlander follows the adventures of a WWII nurse transported to 1743 Scotland where she becomes embroiled in the Jacobite risings.
The first 11 episodes of Outlander are available on Amazon Prime Instant Video, with further episodes available every Sunday.