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Sony Pictures Television confirms American TV series Outlander is to be filmed in Scotland

Outlander is based on books by Diana Gabaldon

Sony Pictures Television and US cable network Starz have announced they are to film new series Outlander in Scotland, creating around 200 jobs in the process.

The production of the new American television series, based on a series if novels by Diana Gabaldon which tells the story of a couple who time travel between 18th and 20th century Scotland, will make use of the UK government's tax breaks for high-end television.

Chancellor George Osbourne, said: "We want Britain to be the best place in the world to make films and TV," adding that he was "delighted" the production was headed to Scotland.

The production company is planning to build a new TV studio and production base near Glasgow, employing a local crew of around 200 with an estimated 2,400 supporting roles expected to be cast within Scotland and the rest of the UK.

Scotland's own Sam Heughan, who studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and has starred in BBC One's Doctors, has been cast in the main role.

Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservative's, remarked: "This is fantastic news for Glasgow and a testament to all the hard work done to attract the very best of TV and movie talent to the city.

"Following on from the success of filming blockbusters like World War Z and Cloud Atlas in Glasgow, the decision to base a major American TV production in my home city is yet another massive vote of confidence."

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