Although it’s already got a sizable fan base in the UK — and a production base in Scotland — Outlander has not previously been available to British viewers. Celebrating its first anniversary, Amazon Prime Instant Video has now made a deal for the sci-fi/fantasy hit. The first eight episodes of Season 1 will premiere on the service on March 26. The remaining episodes will then launch weekly beginning April 5, just hours after broadcast on Starz in the U.S.
Amazon acquired Outlander in a deal with Sony Pictures Television; the pact also covers future seasons. Season 2 begins shooting this summer in Scotland, where the series is able to take advantage of the UK’s lucrative tax breaks for hour-long productions.
Executive produced by Ron Moore and based on the best-selling books by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander follows the story of Claire (Caitriona Balfe), a married World War II nurse who is thrown back in time from 1945 into an unknown world, set in 1743. It’s produced by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining and Supply Company and Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television.
Here’s a new UK trailer: