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Outlander to film Glasgow as Boston

OutlanderHistorical romance Outlander will double parts of Glasgow for 1940s Boston in its upcoming third series.

Based on novels by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander tells the story of a married nurse in 1940s Scotland who finds herself mysteriously thrown backwards and forwards in time between the 20th century and the 1740s, where she embarks on a romance with a Scots warrior.

Dowanhill Street in Glasgow will double for a Boston thoroughfare and Glasgow University is being used as a stand-in for Harvard, reports Herald Scotland.

“Glasgow can cope with any period within reason and this one shows another string to our bow,” said Hamish Walker, production executive at the Glasgow Film Office, in comments to the Herald. “It's reaching a massive global audience.”

Glasgow’s architecture and grid road system previously helped the city double for Philadelphia in Brad Pitt’s zombie drama World War Z, a shoot that lasted three weeks.

Outlander is based at Wardpark Studios in Cumbernauld. The adapted filming facility is the largest production space in Scotland and earlier this year secured permission to expand its facilities by 30,000 sq ft. The Scottish government remains under pressure from the production industry to fund a purpose-built studio facility. 

Ronald D Moore, showrunner on Outlander, talked about the pressures of the job at a talk at the recent Edinburgh International Television Festival – to read more click here.

For more on filming in Scotland see our production guide.

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