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Series / Monarch of the Glen

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Monarch of the Glen is a British TV series in the "eccentric country folk" vein. The eccentric country folk in this case live in the Scottish Highlands, on and around the estate of the Laird of Glenbogle.

The central character is Archie MacDonald (Alastair Mackenzie), reluctant new Laird and latest in the line of Glenbogle, who would really rather be running a restaurant in London than dealing with the crumbling and cash-strapped estate. Richard Briers and Susan Hampshire are his parents, Hector and Molly.

Based loosely on Compton Mackenzie's 1940s Highland Novels, although it makes more sense to think of Hector and Archie as descendents of Mackenzie's Laird, rather than the series being a Setting Update.


Monarch of the Glen provides examples of:

  • "Fawlty Towers" Plot: Hector has gotten himself into a couple of these. Lord Kilwillie was almost always involved.
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  • First Girl Wins: Katrina. Averted.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Hector. Played for laughs and drama. He's not happy about getting old and no longer being the laird, or how times have changed.
  • Happily Married: Hector and Molly.
  • Ice Queen: Justine, Archie's girlfriend from London.
    • Defrosting Ice Queen: In the case of Stella Moon; she's loosened up considerably by the end of her run in the series.
  • Impoverished Patrician: The main source of drama is the need of Glenbogle to make money. Simply heating Glenbogle House costs a fortune, but selling it is unthinkable.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Hector, may be grumpy and abrasive, but deep down he has a heart of gold.
  • Jumping on a Grenade: Hector, to save his dog who had accidentally fetched a lit dynamite stick.
  • Kissing Under the Influence: Archie, Lexie, and a bottle of whiskey on the train home from London.
  • Love Dodecahedron: In series two, Duncan loves Lexie, Lexie loves Archie, Archie loves Katrina, Katrina loves Fergal, and to top it all off, in one episode, Lexie and Fergal flirted in the kitchen!
  • MacGuffin Escort Mission: Played for laughs, of course. Hector and Kilwillie are determined to drink a cask of 1970 whiskey that Archie wants to auction off for lots of money, so they spend the entire episode trying to keep it away from/get it back from Archie. Ends in a case of No MacGuffin, No Winner, as the whiskey has gone bad and is undrinkable.
  • Man in a Kilt: All the time.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Golly, who got his nickname when the wind blew his kilt aside and a girl who witnessed it said, "Golly!". His first name is eventually revealed to be Aloysius.
  • Only Sane Man: Archie.
  • Pretty in Mink: When the heating is turned off to save money, the family are forced to wear several layers of clothes at night, including Molly wearing her fur coat.
  • Put on a Bus: Archie
  • Rich Bitch: Lady Kilwillie
  • ViolinScam Variation, Golly and Andrew's revenge on the dealer who messes with Molly's antique sideboard
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Hector and Lord Kilwillie, Type 2.


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