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Monarch Of The Glen: Series 4 - Part 1 [VHS] [2000]

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  • Actors: Alexander Morton, Susan Hampshire, Hamish Clark, Dawn Steele, Alastair Mackenzie
  • Writers: Michael Chaplin
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Acorn
  • VHS Release Date: 29 Dec. 2003
  • Run Time: 250 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000VJIBQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269,452 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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 Laird’s wife.

Synopsis

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 the DVD edition.

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Format: DVD
Sunday evenings became Monarch of the Glen evenings. Cancel all appointments, get 5 work shirts out to be ironed and endulge in some escapism. The Highlands enable such a distraction so very well which, when combined with the jolly-hearted struggles of Archie, Molly et al to keep Glenbogle estate up and running, affords a recipe of end-of-weekend pleasure.
The 4th series is my favourite with the reawakening of Molly's romanticism in the wake of her mourning for Hector and the continuance of the Lexie-Archie love affair. Their jousting over the appointment of a new housekeeper serves as a leitmotiv for future episodes where Lexie's new-found status as wife of the laird introduces some modernism to the running of Glenbogle. Irene (the housekeeper), in turn, becomes the centre of a further wrangle between Golly and the brilliantly-played Duncan. Meanwhile a pack of wolves are brought to the estate to provide some income through tourism but the bullying of the cub of the pack serves only to reignite Molly's loss of her husband.
After a drought of good BBC programming Monarch of the Glen is inspired (if not a wee bit brainless) viewing. Get the spray starch out and get ironing with this very appealing blend of Highland charm for company.
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It's simply wonderful to have this most enjoyable and entertaining series in one complete set. I absolutley loved the series when it showed originally on BBC between 200-2005, and a lot of the thrill was waiting each week and wondering what would occur next. But I must say that having been able to watch the series in succession (it's taken me nearly a month of night time viewing just to get to series 6!), I feel part of the Glenbogle family and have been able to experience the joy, laughter, tears, losses and gains along with the characters.

Aside from the ridiculously fantastic price for the entire series, I would reccomend this series to anyone who has not yet seen it. It's simply wonderful. If you can expect constant change, drama and surprise (just like life really is), then the fairytale like charm and idealism of the story will enchant you and get you hooked for years to come - and I say this because I have yet to meet anyone who has not eventually watched the entire series again!

If you did see the series before and have been considering this purchase to see it again, you will surely discover the joy I have of being able to watch the episodes consecutively and it will no doubt crawl into your heart once again and become a very proud placement in your DVD collection, as well as an old friend.

5 proud stars for sheer loveliness :)
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Monarch of the Glen was a television drama, produced by Ecosse Films for BBC Scotland and originally broadcast on BBC One in the United Kingdom. The series premiered in February 2000, and its seventh and final season was broadcast from September 2005 until October 2005 - with 64 episodes in total.

Monarch of the Glen is loosely based on Compton Mackenzie's Highland Novels, which are set in the same location but in the 1930s and 1940s. The real Monarch of the Glen is a famous Landseer oil that every Scot will be familiar with.

The first five seasons of Monarch of the Glen told the story of young restaurateur, Archie MacDonald, trying to restore his childhood home in the Scottish Highlands, whilst the final two seasons of the show focused on new Laird Paul Bowman trying to modernise the estate. I kind of see it as heartbeat in the Highlands - it had the same vibe and timeslot - although it has a better cast perhaps.
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After a fantatic first series, series two returns us to the magic of Glenbogle, six months on from Justine's return to the estate.
The estate is once again on the verge of ruin, and the eccentric bunch of family and staff must pull together even more to turn it around and save the day.
New arrivals bring new troubles, and the question as to whether Archie will ever find true love is even more prominent.
Richard Briers and Susan Hampshire create even more brilliant scenes, and once again the supporting cast produce a tight performance.
Series two builds on the strong foundations set by series one, and the fun and drama continues as good as ever before, making this perfect family Sunday-night viewing.
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Monarch of the Glen is a warm, emotional and yet fun look at life with Scottish Laird Archie and his lady Lexie. Retiring Laird Hector features in the first four series, then after his demise the series does take a rather different turn. Suddenly the financial problems disappear and the whole place seems to have had a spit and polish. A very enjoyable series for all age groups.
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High quality television programming is not a lost art. It is alive and well with the producers, directors, writers, cast and support of Monarch of the Glen. Normally, television writers have a good first year, then slowly slide downhill during the following years. Not with this series. Each year continues to get better and better, with all the plot twists and turns that keep you wondering and awaiting what comes next. I haven't met anyone yet who dislikes this program.
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