Monarch Of The Glen - Series 4 - Part 1  [DVD]
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After the ultimely demise of Hector, Molly has been to Africa trying to get away from it all. She returns to the stately Glenbogle to discover that Archie has a new vision for the estate wolves! But the wild animals are not the only newcomers to the estate which cause problems. Archie appoints a new housekeeper as a surprise for his fiancée, Lexie unfortunately she feels undermined and overwhelmed by the gesture. The marriage plans are in jeopardy, the two women are fighting so Archie delivers Lexie an ultimatum choose her future, to remain as a cook or become the Lairds wife.
This 22-disc box set contains series one through to seven of the BBC drama based on the Highland novels by Compton Mackenzie following the fortunes of Archie MacDonald who is carving out a life for himself as a restauranteur in London when he is summoned home to the Scottish Highlands after his father, the Laird of Glenbogle, is injured in an accident. Returning home Archie discovers the property is debt-ridden and he reluctantly decides to stay on to help turn things around. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Alexander Morton - Golly Mackenzie a rather solemn man of few words: always softly spoken.
Susan Hampshire - Molly Macdonald a delight to behold.
Hamish Clark - Duncan McKay, a person with schoolboy charm, lacking in confidence but with great appeal.
Dawn Steele - Lexie McTavish, a charming lassie with a devilish streak in her. (Kellyanne Farquhar - Amy McDougal who came into the later episodes, in looks, could have been Dawn Steele's daughter: she isn't.)
Richard Briers - Hector MacDonald, the likeable, if somewhat potty, head of the household.....Just a few of the actors/actresses who will be instantly recognizable.
To appreciate just how engaging this leisurely moving series is, get it on your DVD shelf: you will not be disappointed.
The acting, the scenery, even the score, all combines to make an absolute delight to watch. To steal from another box set I own - you don't just watch it - you live it! And you do - you genuinely care about the characters, you feel their happiness or sadness, and you just can't wait to see what happens next. It's like you have a second family living in the `big house'. So many box sets I own become rather tiresome by the time you get to the end, but not Monarch of the Glen. When the final credits roll, it's back to the beginning to enjoy it all over again!
The casting is spot on - even the less likeable characters don't outstay their welcome so as to annoy, but there are departures along the way which will have you reaching for the tissues.
I could waffle on all day about how much I treasure MoTG, but I won't - just take my word for it!
My only gripe (but not big enough to lose a star) is the fact that the series information on the back of the box, and in some instances the images on the DVDs themselves, actually give away spoilers for what is coming up. Not a problem if you've already seen it, but a shame for anyone coming to the series for the first time. So if you're a newbie, I'd advise not to read the back of the box (it may be more difficult to avoid the DVD labels though!)
So maddened were the staff at the new proposals,such as a wages reduction of 50%,that Golly,Lexie and Duncan went on strike.Duncan,the court jester, of course was the banner waving volunteer,Lexie defected to Lord KillWillies Estate to cook for that great house,and Golly just went into one of his dark moods.
Archie the young Laird,Hector his eccentric father(Richard Briers) and Molly his doubly eccentric mother (Susan Hampshire) just got on with some sort of routine to keep things ticking over as the whole house just fell apart.Stella,Archie and the oldies endured the freezing cold temperatures when the heating packed in by wearing thick overcoats,cooking omelletes on a paraffin heater,and going unwashed.
The working dogs had also been sent to Killwillies on Stellas expense drive,so the mouse population in the great house exploded,they even drove Stella,the city slicker, to stand on her bed screaming..
Eventually the staff drifted back,when Stella admitted defeat that the house could not be run without them all,as only Lexie and Duncan could manage the antiquated boiler etc.
Without further ado,just buy it and enjoy this wonderful series.You won't find foul language or sex scenes,but good, clean, British eccentricity at its best,and stunning scenery that will never be beaten anywhere in the World.
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