Monarch of the Glen (2000–2005)

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Archie MacDonald, a young restaurateur is called back to his childhood home of Glenbogle where he is told he is the new Laird of Glenbogle.


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Series cast summary:
Alexander Morton ...
 Golly Mackenzie / ... (64 episodes, 2000-2005)
Susan Hampshire ...
 Molly MacDonald / ... (60 episodes, 2000-2005)
 Duncan McKay (53 episodes, 2000-2005)
Dawn Steele ...
 Lexie McTavish / ... (51 episodes, 2000-2004)
 Archie MacDonald (43 episodes, 2000-2003)
 Paul Bowman / ... (28 episodes, 2002-2005)
 Hector MacDonald (27 episodes, 2000-2005)


SPOILER: Archie MacDonald, carving out a life for himself as a restaurateur in London, finds himself called back to his home in the Scottish Highlands to assume his role as The Laird of Glenbogle and get the 40,000 acre estate back on its feet. No matter the romantic interest and all the emotional undercurrents as the young Laird Archie wrestles the Glenbogle estate into the 21st century. Justine, Archie's girlfriend has competition from local school Headmistress Katrina and cook Lexie battle for the Laird's heart. Whilst Archie has to cope with his eccentric parents Molly and Hector and their friend and neighbor Kilwillie. 5 years later, Archie's half-brother Paul Bowman comes to Glenbogle, and becomes Laird of Glenbogle, whilst Archie and his new wife Lexie leave for New Zealand. He has many romantic interests including farmer Isobel Anderson, neighbor Lucy Ford, brewery chairwoman Amanda MacLeish and shepherdess Iona Maclean. Paul has to control the wacky duo of Uncle Donald, the ... Written by & tReynard Pictures

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Also Known As:

Karl för sin kilt  »

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Tom Baker described his character of Donald MacDonald as "a combination of an old George Clooney with a touch of the ghost of Hamlet's father and a bit of Vanessa Feltz". See more »


The details of Hector's history as a laird are altered throughout the series. For example, in the first episode of the series he claims to be the 14th laird of Glenbogle but in the 6th season he is referred to as the 23rd. See more »


PC Callum McIntyre: December 23rd of that year, exceeding speed limit at 82 miles per hour in Park Lane, London.
Donald Ulyses MacDonald: One should not be late for luncheon at the palace!
PC Callum McIntyre: The following day, Christmas Eve, ignoring police traffic signs relating to a one-way street.
Donald Ulyses MacDonald: I was only going one way dammit!
PC Callum McIntyre: Which brings us onto 1981. January 1st, Prince's Street, Edinburgh. Driving in excess of the legal speed limit whilst playing the bagpipes!
Donald Ulyses MacDonald: It was Hogmanay!
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Entertaining and engaging
5 January 2001 | by (Surrey, England) – See all my reviews

I watched this when it was first screened in early 2000 and eagerly await the new series starting in January 2001. It was a thoroughly engaging series that was fun to watch.

The Scottish castle and backdrop make a pleasant setting and the characters are delightful. I hope it will continue for more series and the excellent cast will re-appear. The story in a way is incidental. There is a place for this sort of drama which is neither heavy nor shallow. It just makes you feel good - quality for a popular audience.

If you have a good script, a good cast and a committed production team, then drama could always be like this. I wish it was. Who needs soaps when you can have the real thing. More please!

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