CHRISTOPHER STEVENS: And the award for worst telly travesty goes to...Outlander

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There has to be a prize for it. Books boast the Literary Review’s Bad Sex Award, movies stage the Golden Raspberries or Razzies. 

Television deserves its own medals for sheer, tongue-lolling awfulness. Call them the TraVesties.

This year’s Worst TraVesty must go to Outlander (More4), the time-travelling romance, for a scene of treachery and slaughter so hilarious, I had to keep pausing to wipe my eyes.

This time, the couple are shipwrecked in the New World. No one cares: as long as Jamie keeps taking his shirt off to hold Claire close and pledge undying passion in gruffly tender murmurs, devotees of Outlander will forgive it almost anything

This time, the couple are shipwrecked in the New World. No one cares: as long as Jamie keeps taking his shirt off to hold Claire close and pledge undying passion in gruffly tender murmurs, devotees of Outlander will forgive it almost anything

Fans of this show have a high tolerance for tosh. Last year they put up with a witch who bathed in the blood of virgins, before she was put to death by heroine Claire (Caitriona Balfe) — a World War II medic who was transported back to the 18th century and now is kept prisoner there by her love for Highland warrior Jamie (Sam Heughan).

This time, the couple are shipwrecked in the New World. No one cares: as long as Jamie keeps taking his shirt off to hold Claire close and pledge undying passion in gruffly tender murmurs, devotees of Outlander will forgive it almost anything.

That interminable five minutes of misery in a tavern near the start, for instance, as the cast joined in a Gaelic folk dirge — that didn’t matter, as long as the romance was steamy and simmering, ready to boil over in the next scene.

This year’s Worst TraVesty must go to Outlander (More4), the time-travelling romance, for a scene of treachery and slaughter so hilarious, I had to keep pausing to wipe my eyes

This year’s Worst TraVesty must go to Outlander (More4), the time-travelling romance, for a scene of treachery and slaughter so hilarious, I had to keep pausing to wipe my eyes

And there was lots of that, including a long bedroom lecture from Claire about the impending American War of Independence, while Jamie admired the way she unrolled her silk stockings.

She tried to explain about the American Dream. ‘Is that the same as our dream?’ asked Jamie, gruffly yet tenderly.

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