Let’s travel back in time to November 2018. Outlander’s Sam Heughan has a big announcement: he’s offering one lucky fan the chance to be his date for My Peak Challenge’s annual gala. Heughligans around the world rejoiced!
Fast forward to today.
Inspired by that special invite, you (yes, YOU) have raised a mind-blowing $2,892,080 to support My Peak Challenge’s chosen charities, Bloodwise and Marie Curie. That’s right, almost three million dollars! Let that sink in.
Now let’s look to the future and to the life-changing/life-saving impact you’ve created for these two amazing nonprofits…
Bloodwise is the UK’s leading blood cancer research charity. They fund world-class research, ensure those affected by blood cancer have access to the right support and campaign for better treatments.
Your donations will allow MPC to continue to fund one of Bloodwise’s critical research projects focused on improving care for children with leukemia. The goal? Developing less toxic therapies and working toward a cure!
To put your generosity in perspective, your donations could pay for a whopping:
500 PET scans
250 focus groups with blood cancer patients
200 vortex mixers
200 gel chamber systems
200 gyratory rockers
A 15 year supply of MACS cell separation kits
A 15 year supply of materials for cell cultures
A Patient Information Team for 5 years
Lab consumables for 10 years
A PhD student’s blood cancer research for 1 year
Marie Curie provides support to people with terminal illnesses and their families. Through expert care, emotional support, research and guidance, they help families make the most of their time together.
Your generous donations will go toward helping families when they needed it most. The funding could amount for:
30,500 hours of care and support to people living with a terminal illness in the comfort of their own home
32 specialist nurses to provide vital end-of-life care to people living with terminal illness
Running all nine of Marie Curie’s hospices for 10 days, which give inpatient and outpatient care to hundreds of people living with terminal illness and their families
So even though you didn’t win the date with Sam, you did send some incredible good into the world. We’re so, so grateful. And we know Sam is too. Thank you!
The wedding night. The abbey. Faith. Culloden. The print shop. There are some Outlander moments that are so important, you’ve got to watch them again and again. After Sunday’s episode, Jamie and Brianna’s first meeting joins that list — and we’ve got your exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the big moment right here.
In the video, cast members Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe and Sophie Skelton break down the Episode 9 scene in which Jamie first meets his daughter, whom Claire gave birth to and raised in the 20th century while he stayed behind in the 18th. They remark on the less-than-ideal circumstances of the big moment (“Jamie Fraser is relieving himself as his daughter arrives,” Heughan notes, chuckling) and the amazing coincidence that both Mr. and Mrs. Fraser happen to be in Wilmington when their daughter arrives (“Jamie and Claire could be anywhere,” Skelton says).
As we watch Brianna meet her father for the first time, Heughan takes us inside what his character is thinking. “When he first sees her, he doesn’t quite recognize her,” he says. “It’s hard to say what he feels. He feels everything.”
Don’t worry — we also get a good look at Claire’s reunion with Bree, including the sassenach’s open-mouthed shock at being in her child’s presence once more. “The person Claire loves more than anything in this world is Brianna,” Balfe says, adding,”She thought she may never see her daughter again.”
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There is nothing better than getting together with family for the holidays!
In honor of Sunday’s much-anticipated meeting between Brianna and Jamie, EW snagged the exclusive first photo of the Fraser family and the first official portrait of Brianna as an 18th century lady. The results are positively rosy!
We also checked in with executive producer Maril Davis about shooting the pivotal scene for “The Birds and the Bees.” Here’s what she had to say about Brianna (Sophie Skelton) meeting Jamie (Sam Heughan) for the first time.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY Did you like you needed to chat with Diana Gabaldon about the reunion?
MARIL DAVIS Everyone calls it a reunion. In fact, I’ve done it myself sometimes. They’ve never met before! We didn’t specifically talk to Diana. The scene is fairly similar to the book. It was important for us to get it right. We’ve been looking forward to that scene, seeing Jamie finally meeting his daughter. We had a lot of discussions with Sam and Sophie about it. I just love that it. There’s so much emotion there and for Jamie to see the daughter he’s heard so much about but never had the chance to meet … I think he’s shocked and overwhelmed and excited and heartbroken. There are so many emotions that show on Sam’s face. He does such an amazing job, as does Sophie.
What were the discussions about music for the scene?
We had a lot of discussions with Bear [McCreary, the music creator] and initially, there was a little more music in the scene. He lays it out and then we weigh in and figure where the music should be set and pull it back if we need less. He struck a perfect tone.
So do Brianna and Jamie settle into a loving relationship?
It would be interesting to hear what Sam and Sophie felt about it but for us, we feel like Jamie has loved Brianna since he found out she existed. I mean, certainly once he sent Claire back with the stones, I don’t think he had hopes that he would survive, and Claire and their child would survive. But I think ever since Claire came back, he realized, ‘Oh, my God, I do have a child and she’s alive and her name is Brianna,’ so he has loved. I think it just deepens his love when he sees her in person. He’s had her in his mind already but I think he falls in love with her all over again. But while there is love there, it’s going to take a little while to get to a place where they’re both comfortable. Remember, they know about each other but they’ve never seen each other before. She loves Jamie but she’s still torn and feels loyalty toward Frank. It will be a really interesting journey for both of them.
A quick programming note: there will be no Outlander Live! on New Years Eve. We’ll be back Jan. 7 on EW Radio, Sirius XM 105.
Outlander airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on Starz.
Sam was on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon last night. I’ve added photos and video from his appearance. Enjoy!
Sam and Caitriona are interviewed about Outlander season 4 with JoBlo.
Sam was on Good Morning America yesterday. I’ve added photos of him from the show and you can watch his interview below. Enjoy!
Sam was on Live With Kelly and Ryan yesterday. You can watch his interview below. Enjoy!
Sam was on DM to AM yesterday. You can watch his interview below. Enjoy!