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Monarch of the Glen - The complete second series out on DVD
This incredible series continues, but here is the basic background:
Monarch of the Glen is a high quality and beautifully shot series filmed on location in Scotland. The shows concept is based on the novels set in the Scottish Highlands written by Compton MacKenzie. The scenery is amazing and the writing is fabulous! Every episode is a feast for your eyes and imagination with endless plot possibilities.
BBC has brought us another delightful series set in the Scottish Highlands as you follow Archie MacDonald in his adventures. He is the reluctant Laird of Glenbogle, a decrepit ancient castle in disrepair and financial ruin. There is an interesting cast of characters to create a colorful background and unexpected mishaps at every turn. It is a drama with romance and adventure and includes a lot of comedy along the way! Sometimes you have to listen closely as the accents are pretty intense, but after watching a few episodes you catch on!
DVD details for the second season
There are still only eight episodes in this season and they go by quickly because they are packed with entertainment. The 50 minute episodes are packed on two discs with 400 minutes total.
Season two brings in a whole fresh attitude and lots of fun! Archie has decided to take his new duties seriously and with eagerness. Unfortunately, he is met at every turn with a new challenge. Everyone wants Glenbogle to stay the same and Archie knows he must make some drastic and nontraditional changes to keep the estate afloat. He encounters reluctance form both the outside forces as well as from the estate regulars.
In addition to the challenges and adventures faced on Glenbogle, there is also romance in the air and it is wonderful to watch Archie try to juggle it all!
Who are the players?
Monarch of the Glen ran on TV until 2005 and went all the way up to seven seasons. The seasons have gotten more episodes over time as the show picked up popularity.
It also went through some cast changes, the most significant and shocking cast change occurred in the third season, but the show continued and the audience loved it.
Alistair Mackenzie Archie MacDonald, the hip London restaurateur who finds himself stuck in the Scottish highlands as duty calls him to assume his position as Laird of Glenbogle. Alistairs acting is much better in this season. His performance was borderline in the first season, but he could get away with it because he is extremely charismatic and good looking!
Richard Briers Hector, Archies stuffy old somewhat loveable father. I could not stand Hector for the first season. I just thought his character was over the top. I soon began to appreciate Hector and I love watching him for any scene he is in. Season two has Hector trying to cling to his aristocratic ways while Archie tries to rein him in. The situation makes for some funny scenes! Mr. Briers is an amazing actor and well loved across the UK. He is known for his fine acting in many fine roles.
Susan Hampshire Molly, Archies quirky, artsy free-spirited mother. Ms. Hampshire is another of the UKs beloved seasoned actors. She is amazing as Molly and vital as the family glue. Season two more fully ingrains her character in the threads of the show and I love watching all of her scenes.
Dawn Steele Lexie, the crazy housekeeper/cook who is after Archie and stops at nothing to get him. During the first season, Lexie is one of three women after Archie. The antics used by all three are pretty funny at times and they continue in this season as well.
Some other members of the cast of characters
Other characters include head games keeper Golly who apparently got his name from a woman when he revealed his family jewels (She said, Golly!!), Duncan who is kind of a dunce, but a likeable character helps keep the 400 year old 40,000 acre estate as well. There is also Archies old love Katrina who is the local school teacher and very much involved in season two.
Final words -
Season two of Monarch of the Glen is just as good as season one! Both seasons are only eight episodes each and I quickly flew through the two disc DVD set! Luckily after season two, the third season is granted more episodes as the show finally gained more popularity.
Season two is fun to watch and I plan on keeping it in my library for quite some time! You can pick it up in the thirty to forty dollar range where DVDs are sold.
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Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Better than Watching TV
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older