August 21, 2013 9:10 am

Showcase to air ‘Outlander’ series

Sam Heughan, pictured in 2010, will play the lead role in 'Outlander.'

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TORONTO — The new time-travel series Outlander is coming to Canada next year, Showcase announced Wednesday.

The show, based on the books by Diana Gabaldon, goes into production this fall in Scotland.

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Outlander has all the markings of a perfect dramatic series and we’re thrilled to be bringing the phenomenon to Showcase,” said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President, Content, at Shaw Media. “The series will captivate television audiences as it has done with its series of novels.”

Shaw Media is parent company of Global News.

Scottish actor Sam Heughan, 33, will play the lead role of Jamie Fraser in the 16-part series and Tobias Menzies (Game of Thrones) will portray both Frank Randall and Jonathan Randall.

Outlander is written and executive produced by Ronald D. Moore, whose Battlestar Galactica was shot in Vancouver and whose new series Helix is currently in production in Montreal.

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