Outlander’s Sam Heughan teases steamy new TV show away from Jamie Fraser role | TV & Radio | Showbiz & TV
Sam Heughan will appear in a very different TV role next week when his new series The Couple Next Door starts on Channel 4 in the UK.
Heughan, 43, is as he is best known as a worthy hero from the 18th century Jamie Fraser of the hit series Outlander swaps his horse for a motorcycle in this six-part thriller.
Speaking to media including the Daily Express at a recent Q&A in London, Heughan said: “I’ve been working on Outlander for the last ten years and I think it’s hard to find roles that maybe not only different but also appropriate for a period of time.
“I just finished shooting last season [seven] of Outlander, so this fits perfectly.”
Heughan said he was like co-star Eleanor Tomlinson, known worldwide for her portrayal of Cornish beauty Demelza in Poldark, who wanted to break out of the corset with a very different in The Couple Next Door.
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Written by David Allison, The Couple Next Door is loosely based on the Dutch series New Neighbors but goes in its own direction.
The drama features an all-star cast including the aforementioned Poldark actor Tomlinson, How To Get Away With Murder and Harry Potter’s Alfred Enoch and Australian star Jessica De Gouw of Dracula fame.
Tomlinson and Enoch play married couple Evie and Pete, who have moved to the suburbs of Leeds, where they befriend fellow married couple Danny Heughan and yoga teacher Becka De Gouw.
The show follows the changing dynamic between the central quartet and each of them has secrets, which begin to unravel over time.
The Couple Next Door reunited Heughan with director Dries Vos after the pair worked together on Channel 4’s Suspect with star Jamie Fraser saying how much he “loved” working with the filmmaker previously .
“For me, I jumped at the chance when I read the scripts and I really liked this character – very different from what I’ve had before,” he said.
Teasing Danny, Heughan said the cop was “quite an ambiguous guy” and “on the surface, you think he’s one thing and by the end of the show you might feel differently about him”.
Adding: “Great opportunity, great team too. I love these people – some of my best friends for sure.”
The audience will be getting two episodes with the show being broadcast on Monday, November 27 at 9pm and the second installment the following evening on Tuesday, November 28 at 9.15pm.
Heughan has been working on a number of projects and was seen earlier this year in the romantic film It’s All Coming Back To Me alongside Priyanka Chopra, reprising his role as Jamie in Outlander season seven and also pushing in. season two of his travelogue with co-star Graham McTavish in Men In Kilts.
The Couple Next Door starts on Channel 4 on Monday, November 27
Outlander seasons 1-7 are available to stream on Starz in the US and Lionsgate+ in the UK
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