Category Archives: Graham McTavish

What Happened to Graham McTavish and Paul Kavanagh’s TGOS Film?

As many of you were waiting for filming to start up on This Guest of Summer, Graham McTavish’s project with Paul Kavanagh, and many actors from both The Hobbit and Outlander series, delays in filming due to location changes were bumping production out into 2020. The this thing called the COVID pamdemic hit and filing all over the world shut down. Is this production many of the fans have been waiting for fated to sit on the shelf another year?

In the Fall of 2019, we were told that funding had been secured for production, and it was explained to many of us initial Indiagogo contributors that the monies we pledged were just for start up costs. Production had moved to the UK as filming was more cost effective. We thought we had something solid going again, alowing for productions ther actors were working on. Adding in production conflicts for all involved, was COVID 19 and McTavish’s commitment to Men In Kilts that killed TGOS filming? Or is it just shelved for another year? Inquiring minds want to know.

Recent searches for the now removed Facebook pages show it has been removed. Indeed, Graham’s own Facebook page hasn’t been updated since 2018 or so. IMDb shows the production is slated for a November 2021 release date and that it is still in pre-production. You can still see the Indieagogo page here.

Jacki Lippman, posted on the Indiagogo page in August to “Hang In There”.

So, here’s hoping that the production is just waiting for the industry to get going again, which may be some months. Recent large productions, such as Batman, have had to shut down because actors, in this case Robert Pattinson in the reboot, have caught COVID-19. It may be spring 2021 before any new filming can begin.

Incidentally, I contacted Lippman through the Indiagogo links and am waiting for a response. I made suggestions that videos with some of the actors lamenting the recent setback might be fun for us fans. Here’s hoping.

Graham McTavish on Radio New Zealand Podcast

Graham McTavish on TGOS Updates

Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish Continuing Clanlands Production: Men In Kilts

Back in March, film production shut down all over the world with COVID-19 lockdowns. Sam and Graham’s new show Clanlands had finished the majority of the filming for the new Series on Starz®. Happy to report the Starz App has a preview placeholder for the series that showed up recently. And of course, Starz decided the show needed a name upgrade to Men in Kilts.

Outlander Star Duncan Lacroix May Just Pop Up in Men In Kilts

Sam and Graham have been posting on Instagram these last two weeks some great BTS shots. They were finally able to get together again and they are finishing up filming that was planned before the lockdown, and possibly filming for a second season? We’re waiting on the details for that. Lucky for us they spent the time in lockdown putting their book together for the series, that is being released in November this year. If you haven’t been to Scotland before, it’s sure to wet your appetite for travel to this fantastic country.

Check out the official Instagram Account Men In Kilts Starz®

ChecThe Clanlands book is for sale in different parts of the world on pre-order with and early November 2020 release. Check out some local online shops to see if they may carry it.

You can purchase online here:

UK Waterstones Amazon

US Indiebound Barnes & Noble

Australia Booktopia

New Zealand Mighty Ape Books

Canada Indigo Books

Kyle Rees, Gary Lewis, Graham McTavish, Steven Cree, and Tim Downey Go Virtual at Sasnak City

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All attendees may be sad at the news that Sasnak City Kansas has been postponed until June 2021. However, Kyle Rees, Gary Lewis, Graham McTavish, Steven Cree, and Tim Downey are coming to the rescue. There is going to be a virtual panel day, however, you must be a member of Sasnak Society private group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2226875030862273

to participate!

For more details, head to the Sasnak City Facebook page.

Dates and Times

We missed Graham on August 2nd, Steven Cree, and Tim Downie August 22, oh no!

But there’s time to catch  Gary Lewis Aug 30 and Kyle Rees September 26.

Sasnak City November 2019

Interview With Graham McTavish About Clanlands From FanBolt

Fanbolt’s Bevin has a fantastic wee interview with Graham McTavish for you. Check it out and yes, it’s getting closer. Hope you got your book pre-ordered.

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More on Clanlands Book

CLANLANDS TEASER FINAL 4K-385678178 from Cricket Lane on Vimeo.

And a wee chat BTS in the camper!

Camper chat_1-396701805 from Cricket Lane on Vimeo.

 

Wizard World Virtual Experiences: Graham Mc Tavish and Lotte Verbeek June 29!

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Hey, all you star-crossed Dougal and Geillis fans! Wizard World is back with another Outlander Virtual Experience this Monday, June 29th at 12pm PST/3 pm EST. As usually there’s a live chat with a moderator, purchase video messages, and autographs. The video chat should be free to watch.

Monday, June 29th at 12pm PST/3 pm EST

Wizard World Virtual Channel Here at Twitch

Facebook Live

YouTube

My hint is to try for the Youtube or have the links ready as one channel got a bit of a start-up issue last May.

For details about Monday go here Outlander Wizard World Virtual Panel June 29, 2020

Warning: The wait on autographs may take a while depending on COVID shipping. Please see the details. I’m still waiting for my Duncan Lacroix from May 5.

Men In Kilts! Heughan and McTavish’s Scottish Documentary Series Hits Starz

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© Starz 2020

Finally, after months of editing and looking for a home, Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish’s documentary series Men in Kilts will be landing at Starz, distributed by Sony Pictures. It’s an eight-part series that covers the highs and lows of Scottish history and terrain. Just the help you need for the COVID blues and Draughtlander dilemma. It’s a road trip!!!! Yeah, these two in an RV and motorbike sidecar hop, just a few of the insane road trip adventures. Stay tuned and watch the teaser below.

Starz Orders ‘Outlander’ Travel Docuseries Spinoff ‘Men In Kilts: A Roadtrip With Sam And Graham’
Outlander’s Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish Are Men in Kilts in New Starz Docuseries — Watch Teaser

Outlander The Ballad of Roger Mac Recap

Screen Shot 2020-03-27 at 4.19.46 PMIf you haven’t seen this episode, seriously turn back now.

Hillsborough May 1771

We open with Roger Mac (Richard Rankin) singing Clementine, a very tragic song, to young Jemmy. Brianna (Sophie Skelton) and Roger discuss leave-taking, how he is going off to fight. Brianna and Jemmy are staying with a family acquainted with Aunt Jocasta. History is discussed a bit. Roger reluctantly leaves, he is already running very late.

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Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe ©2020 Starz®

Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) are encamped with the militia near Alamance Creek. It is the morning of his 50th Birthday. He and Claire discuss taking stock of one’s life. He muses that he has lived longer than his father, his parts seem to still be working. They also discuss Culloden, that fateful morning when Jamie and Claire kill his uncle Dougal. Remember Dougal? Claire sings “Happy Birthday To You,” very Marilyn Monroe like, while peeling off her Cutty Sark, and creates a morning seduction as only Claire can.

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Sam Heughan and Kyle Rees ©2020 Starz®

Governor Tryon (Time Downie) readies the troops and militia to get ready to fight with commanding officer Captain Bullox. They have cannon and close to a thousand men, and as Jamie tries to deter and talk Tryon out of conflict, remember another glorified leader needing to be dissuaded, yes, there are many likenesses to the battle for Culloden in this episode. The king’s forces were outnumbered but had military might with cannon and calvary. Jamie tried to pressure Prince Charlie to not fight. History is repeating again. Captain MacKenzie is late to the call, as noted by Jamie and the men. It appears Roger is always late.

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Sam Heughan, Richard Rankin, and Kyle Rees ©2020 Starz®

Jamie gives the men a yellow cockade to help identify them as militia, as the red armbands were not readily seen. He emphasizes that this is important as fighting in this terrain would make it difficult to know who your enemy or comrade was. The militiamen were not wearing a uniform and looked just like the Regulators. Isiah Morton turns up at the last, angering the Browns who are always a powderkeg waiting to go off. They threaten to kill him. The news comes the rebels have ambushed the munitions carts, angering Tryon and the Captain.

The minister Rev. Cauldwell turns up with a grievance letter from the Regulators, he urges to try to settle the matter without bloodshed. Tryon takes it as an insult that the Regulators are asking for Parlez. Jamie tries to get Tryon to Parlez back. Anything to stop the bloodshed. Remember Jamie’s reasonings with Bonnie Prince Charlie?

Historic Niggling

In Hillsborough, Brianna is being entertained by the Sherston’s (Matthew Cole and Charlotte Asprey). Hugh shares that he has heard that the Regulators have made camp at Alamance Creek. Brianna is bothered by a trace of memory. That name. The next day she is racing on horseback to the camp to worn her Da. She finds Jamie, Claire, and Roger discuss the battle to come. She tells them that her professor had said the Battle of Alamance was considered the spark of the American Revolution.

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Sophie Skelton and Charlotte Asprey ©2020 Starz®

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Jamie seeks to warn Murtagh, to get him to lead his men away as the Regulators will be defeated, shades of Culloden again. Brianna argues they cannot change history, if they do, the American Revolution may not happen. Jamie is desperate to save his people, the militia, and Murtagh from bloodshed. Roger offers to go warn Murtagh to leave if he cannot persuade his men to follow. Poor Roger, he always seems to find trouble. Jamie gives him a white kerchief to use as a truce, to wave as a banner, and to show the cockade should the fighting begin. Roger leaves that night and heads to the Regulator Camp.

A Man With Nothing to Lose

Murtagh is whipping up the fervor of the men in his camp. They outnumber the Troops and Militia. But as when Roger turns up in the camp and talks to Murtagh, they talk in a tent as Roger tries to lay down the facts. Murtagh argues they have numbers, he argues that they do not have calvary and the cannon power that the groups have. He delivers the message from Brianna, Murtagh knows they are from the future and have prior knowledge of history. Murtagh does start to come around, maybe he has learned from Culloden. He tells Roger he cannot stop the men, they are determined. Roger begs him to leave, save himself for Jamie’s sake. Roger waits in camp with Murtagh to hear the response to the Treaty they have sent. The next morning delivers the Governor’s reply and Murtagh reads out the response. The governor wants a fight. Roger leaves the camp to head back.

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“His blood will soak this ground!”

As Roger’s luck will always have it, he bumps into his many times Great Gran Morag MacKenzie, who he had first met on Stephan Bonnet’s fateful ship. She remembers him and he is set to try to convince her to get her family away, they are all in danger. She points out they have nothing to go back to. Roger on impulse hugs Morag. Then, we hear a familiar voice, one demanding that Roger step away from his wife. It’s none other than William Buccleigh MacKenzie (Yes, Graham McTavish), Dougal’s illegitimate son by Geillis Duncan, his ancestor. He sees that Roger has a yellow cockade and will not let him return to the militia despite protests that Roger aided Morag on the ship and was also a MacKenzie. Roger is knocked out with a rifle butt and taken hostage.

Red Tunics and Oaths

Back at the militia camp, Tryon insists that Jamie don the red tunic of an officer. Jamie is of course taken aback, and forced to wear it or betray his true allegiance. Jamie is faced with finding Roger Mac who has not returned and must warn Murtagh if Roger failed. He fights with himself as he dons the red begrudgingly. He kisses Claire goodbye, and she is the only one who truly understands how distasteful the wearing of that red is to Jamie, what it stands for.

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Sam Heughan ©2020 Starz®

Claire and Brianna ready the field hospital tent.  Brianna is distressed, there has been no word of Roger. Jamie readies his men, telling them to keep an eye out for Captain Mac, he has not returned. The troops spread into a formation to fight, against a single line of Regulators. It’s definitely a trap and ambush tactic, Jamie recognizes it. There is an exchange of fire and Tryon takes the bait, advancing. In the charge, young Isiah Morton (Jon Tarcy) is shot in the back. Jamie tells the men to fight hand to hand as their combatants are doing, it’s highland fighting style, and to show mercy and take captives.

Back at the hospital text, Brianna gets more aggravated at Roger’s absence. Isiah Morton is brought in with his wound, the Morton’s are in the hospital and tell Claire not to treat him. She checks his wounds and finds he’s been shot in the back while running to the conflict. She accuses the Browns of shooting him.

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Caitriona Balfe ©2020 Starz®

Kith and Kin

Jamie gets cornered and almost shot by a Regulator until Murtagh arrives and intercedes. Their eyes meet briefly and Murtagh lets down his guard and is shot by one of the militia. Jamie races to catch him and takes him to a tree, begging for help. The following performance by Sam Heughan and Duncan Lacroix will leave you reeling. Murtagh tells Jamie that it is not painful to die. Jamie is overcome and begs Murtagh, saying he takes it back, he does not release him from his oath to protect him sworn to his mother. Desperate, Jamie begs help from John Quincy Myers (Kyle Rees) and others to drag Murtagh back to Claire. Claire can save anyone.

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Duncan Lacroix ©2020 Starz®

Murtagh is brought to the hospital tent, and Jamie is desperately telling Claire how she has to save the man. She feels for a pulse and Claire steps away from the body with that knowing look. There’s no saving Murtagh, he is gone. Jamie is in disbelief, confronted with the reality that he has truly fought on the other side from his kinsman, who was really a father to him. Murtagh’s last sight of him was in British military uniform. He is reeling and leaves the tent. Jamie loses control of himself in his grief.  Tryon shows up and Jamie now can vent. Tryon in his usual annoying smugness argues back. Jamie points out that it was an unjust fight and that the Governor has harmed his constituents in a massacre. Tryon brings up duty, Jamie throws down the uniform and tells Tryon he is no longer beholden to him. He has fulfilled his part of the bargain for Fraser’s Ridge.

As he looks around, he sees Brianna in distress. Still no Roger. Claire, Brianna, and Jamie begin questioning all in the militia and troops if they have seen Roger Mac. They finally come upon a hanging tree, where Tryon had ordered some of the captured rebels to be hung as an example. Hanging from the tree is a man with a sack over his head, and a white kerchief hanging from his pocket. Is it Roger Mac? Fade to black.

Thoughts

Somehow in all of this, no one has informed Tryon that the number one wanted man in North Carolina is dead in the hospital tent.

We have lost one of the best characters in the series. I am so deeply disturbed by this and loved the amazing performances by Lacroix and Heughan together. Their last scene together, unless we are treated to more flashbacks as they have done with Frank.

Is Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser Dead?

Character Death and Parasocial Relationships

Next, episode 508 Famous Last Words. Catch it Saturday, April 11 at Midnight on the Starz® APP, Sunday at 8:05 pm EST and 5:05pm PST on Starz®, and Monday, April 13 on Amazon Prime in the UK and Ireland. We have a mini Droughtlander with a two-week break. On April 4, Starz® is having a mini-marathon of Season 5.

Ozlander, a New Fan Convention Debuts

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OZLANDER March 14-15th 2020

Melbourne Museum Theatre, Melbourne Australia

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March 2020, Two Days, Melbourne

A new Outlander Convention has finally been formed in Australia and so far boasts Graham McTavish, Sophie Skelton, Rik Rankin, and Ed Speleers are being negotiated for contracts. The Tickets are on sale as of Friday Nov 1, 2019.

Bad News, it’s one of the most expensive Outlander Cons, the budget seating at the back is $600.00 AUS and if you want meet and greet it’s an additional $150.00 AUS.