As fans wait for Outlander season six to begin filming, Jamie Fraser star Sam Heughan has lent his voice to an animated Gairloch folk tale from the Scottish Highlands for the BBC and the Gairloch Museum. The actor shared the news on his Twitter account and said he was “honoured” to be narrating the tale.
The story, which is titled Gille Dubh: Last of the Fairies is just three minutes long and based on artwork by Abe Locke.
It follows a small girl names Jessie MacRae who meets the last of the fairies, Gille Dubh.
Jessie comes across Gille Dubh when she gets lost in the forest and the last fairy guides her home.
Years later when Gille Dubh cannot find his way back to Loch an Draing, Jessie returns the favour.
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The series follows the pair as they explore Scotland and visit the mountains of Glencoe and battlefield of Culloden.
The synopsis for the series reads: “Created by the two Scotsmen, Men in Kilts: A Roadtrip With Sam and Graham promises a celebration of Scottish history and culture as Heughan and McTavish take viewers along on their adventures, discovering the rich, complex heritage of their native country, meeting various local artisans and experts, and experiencing genuine moments of awe and fascination as the duo share their travels with the audience rather than simply guiding them.”
Announcing the series commission, Starz original programming president Christina Davis said: “The genuine curiosity and passion that Sam and Graham have for the landscapes they visit and the stories they uncover while travelling through the heart of Scotland makes Men in Kilts: A Roadtrip With Sam and Graham a truly enjoyable journey of discovery for the audience.
“The series gives context and texture to Highland life and history, woven together, much like the tartan for which Scotland is so famous, and we look forward to taking this road trip with these two great friends.”
Meanwhile, Sam has also opened up about wanting to work in the theatre after Outlander comes to an end.
Speaking on podcast Outcasts, he told hosts Tim Downie and David Berry: “I would love to.
“I know you two gents, well I don’t know if you’d both do it as well, but I love theatre.
“At the moment, obviously with everything that’s happening in the world, I think it’s really sad to see what’s happening to that industry.
“Hopefully we will find a way for theatres and everyone who works in that industry to get back to work.”
Outlander seasons 1-5 are available to stream on Amazon Prime Video now.