“Outlander” stars Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish — two of Scotland’s best-known TV personalities — discover their homeland within the new journey docuseries “Males in Kilts: A Roadtrip with Sam and Graham,” premiering Sunday. Feb. 14 at 9 p.m. on Starz.
“We’re each proud Scotsman and we each wished to know extra,” Heughan, 40, tells The Publish. “The extra you dig into it, the extra you notice that perhaps it’s not as romanticized because it has been portrayed — but it surely’s such an interesting nation.”
Every episode of the half-hour sequence, created and executive-produced by Heughan and McTavish, covers a unique subject. One episode, as an illustration, follows Heughan and McTavish as they discover the nation’s meals and drinks in areas starting from Edinburgh to distant islands. One other installment finds them taking part in golf at St. Andrews and rugby at Murrayfield Stadium.
The actor friends first met whereas filming historic drama “Outlander,” which premiered in 2014 and has aired for 5 seasons, with a sixth forthcoming. Each play 18th century Highlanders (Heughan stars because the dashing Jamie Fraser; McTavish performed Jamie’s pugnacious uncle Dougal MacKenzie, who met his finish by Jamie’s hand in Season 2).
“We each had concepts for desirous to do exhibits about Scotland,” says McTavish, 60, who’s additionally identified for “The Hobbit” and exhibits corresponding to “Preacher” and “Castlevania.”
“I had an thought about 30 years in the past truly that I’d written down known as ‘Clanlands’ about Scottish historical past and the clans,” he says. “Sam and I got here collectively in Los Angeles having a beer, and we talked about sharing that concept collectively. Sam prompt a podcast; I pretended to know what that was…then this concept got here up. It occurred in a short time after that.”
“Males in Kilts” was additionally a manner for Heughan to dive into actual topics he’d first fictionalized on “Outlander” — such because the 1746 Battle of Culloden (which noticed the Scots brutally defeated by the British, decimating Highland tradition).
“Taking pictures [Culloden] on ‘Outlander,’ I feel we did an incredible job of it,” he says. “Everybody on set — the crew, the solid, the extras — wished to do it justice. However then after having performed that…for Graham and I on ‘Males in Kilts’ to then go to the battlefield, it brings it dwelling and makes you notice with a substantial amount of empathy what occurred on that day.
“It’s very bleak; a really darkish place, however unimaginable.”
Apart from solemn moments of showcasing historical past, “Males in Kilts” has a lot of levity as Heughan and McTavish continuously banter and encounter mishaps alongside the way in which, together with their van breaking down; run-ins with sheep (“they’re fairly intimidating,” says Heughan. “They are going to not transfer”); by accident getting their van caught in the course of a marathon and getting heckled by “some very slim women and men in working gear — they didn’t like us,” says Heughan; and what McTavish describes as a “near-decapitation” incident when Heughan was driving a bike whereas McTavish rode in its side-car.
“It’s all leisure. I laughed all the way in which,” says Heughan.
The “Outlander” star is at the moment on location in Scotland filming Season 6, which doesn’t have a premiere date but.
“We simply began,” he says. “It’s been difficult with every little thing that’s happening proper now however we’re very fortunate to be right here and maintaining everybody protected. The climate has been horrendous; it’s winter right here so there’s a lot of snow however we’re getting there.
“The present itself is full-on from the tip of final season [when] the household was fractured; the good warfare is coming and a few outdated buddies or probably enemies of Jamie’s flip up. So there’s tons to take care of.”