Pre-production for the sixth series of Outlander began earlier this month and the cast are filming the new series this month ( February 2021 ) .
Outlander bosses have shown how seriously they take the threat of corona virus by spending more than £150,000 building a private Covid testing centre at their Scottish studios. Outlander tours can be booked on 07305-294773 .
The purpose-built hub has been erected to regularly test cast and crew members for coronavirus so filming of the new series of the hit show can start.
It has been built in the car park of the Wardpark Film Studios in Cumbernauld, Lanarkshire, where the time travel drama is filmed.
Staff, including stars Sam Heughan ( Jamie Fraser ) and Caitriona Balfe ( Claire Fraser ) , are to be given £150 rapid lateral flow tests up to three times a week, with employees only allowed to continue working if their result is negative.
A source said: “The makers of Outlander are taking no chances and invested heavily in this purpose-built lab. The total bill, including the vast amount of testing, is going to be huge.
“They’re taking Covid very seriously as they not only want to ensure the safety of the cast and crew but they want to ensure there are no filming delays.
“The film sector has been allowed to continue because of measures like this, which have been put in place by makers such as Starz, Netflix and Amazon.
“No doubt Outlander fans will be delighted that the makers are doing all they can to make sure they get that new series as soon as possible.”
Outlander charts the adventures of Claire Randall, a former World War II combat nurse played by Irish actress Caitriona Balfe and Highlander Jamie Fraser .
UPDATE 28 January 2021
Wardpark Film Studios in Cumbernauld is where all the previous seasons of Outlander have been produced , and for season six, the cast of the drama will once again return to the same studio.
The production hub is currently the only elite film and television studio in Scotland, with its 200,000 square feet of studio space making it perfect for Outlander filming.
Wardpark Studios has confirmed that work is ongoing at the location before season six filming takes place.
A statement on its website reads: “The studio is currently occupied by Outlander production, produced by Sony Pictures Television and Left Bank Pictures for Starz.
“This television drama has proved hugely popular, and work is currently ongoing at the studio to film the sixth series of the show. All previous series have also been filmed at Wardpark Film and Television Studios.”
The set is where most of the drama’s non-location specific filming happens.
Explaining how they use the space, Executive Producer Matthew B Roberts told Radio Times: “This [the studio] is a rare thing to have because it’s ours. This is all ours.
“Every stage is ours, we have a prop building, we have plasters, we have everything we need to create this world.”
But the show usually features iconic spots from all over Scotland, which also double for where the series is set in North Carolina.
That means, Covid-19 restrictions permitting, the cast and crew could once again take to places across the country to film the new season.
Executive Producer Maril Davis told the New York Post: “There is a right-to-roam law in Scotland, where you can pretty much go anywhere you want.
“Because of that, we like to try to protect some of these people [who live near shooting locations] so they don’t have too many people visiting their properties.”
Season five of the show was filmed at many different locations in Scotland, so it is possible that some of those places could be reused in season six.
Outlander premiered in 2014 and most of its filming is done in Scotland, on location at historic castles and palaces . Midhope Castle is Lallybroch in Outlander . Doune Castle is Castle Leoch , home of Colum Mackenzie and his clan.
The show has been a massive hit across the United States and Canada.
The so-called Outlander effect has been credited with boosting Scotland’s economy, with fans flocking to see filming locations for the show. Outlander season six is expected to be released on Starz later this year.
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Series six of Outlander is filming in Scotland . It is not yet clear which Scottish locations could be used for filming . The show’s producers are always hesitant to reveal all the shooting locations to protect people who live in the local areas and allow filming to proceed without any interruptions . Kinloch Rannoch was used in series five for the site of Craigh na Dun where Claire time travelled through the stone circle.
The Thomas Coats Memorial Church located in Paisley was used to film scenes set in the 1960s.
And the Hermitage forest in Perthshire was also used for some scenes, as well as Milne Woods in Bridge of Allan, a town just north of Stirling.
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