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on 14 November 2003
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.