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Monarch of the Glen - Series Three

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Archie MacDonald continues his struggles to make Glenbogle a success. First he must answer to the bank's new manager, then face a smooth operator who has his eye on Ben Bogle. Add in his father's usual mischief and the young laird barely has enough time to sort out his love life, which proves to be as complicated as ever. This DVD includes all eleven episodes from the third series, Richard Briers's last.

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The third season of Monarch of the Glen, the delightful BBC-1 comedy, finds the fortunes of Glenbogle estate--jewel of the Scottish Highlands but a financial disaster--in a period of transition. On the one hand, Glenbogle's once-reluctant laird (i.e, family head and overseer of vast holdings), the former trend-setting restaurateur Archie MacDonald (Alastair MacKenzie), has settled into his leadership role for good. Archie's cantankerous, old-school aristocratic father, Hector (Richard Briers), is finally resigned to Archie's ambitious plans to save Glenbogle from bankruptcy by turning the MacDonalds' ancient castle into a tourist attraction. The estate's longtime staff--sexy Lexie (Dawn Steele), housekeeper and cook, grizzled gamekeeper Golly (Alexander Morton) and boyish handyman Duncan (Hamish Clark)--are more like family to the MacDonalds than ever.

On the other hand, change is in the air. While it took two seasons for Archie to win the heart of land-rights activist Katrina Finlay (Lorraine Pilkington), it takes less than half the first episode of series 3 to lose her to an important political job in London. That leaves Archie's door open to a new relationship with an attractive adversary, a role instantly filled by the arrival of Stella Moon (Alexandra Gilbreath), a bank executive sent to seize control of Glenbogle's operations. For much of series 3, Stella is at such odds with the MacDonalds' free-spending ways that she antagonizes everyone (except Archie's enchanting mother, Molly, played by Susan Hampshire), resulting in a staff strike and the arrest of Hector himself for stealing salmon from his own river. In time, however, lonely Stella is swayed by the MacDonalds' loyalty and eccentric passions, while Archie's steadfastness and decency stir deeper feelings. Lexie, meanwhile, already in love with Archie, mounts her strongest campaign yet to win his affections. As always, the lives and loves of Monarch's supporting players prove exceptionally interesting and colorful. Series 3 introduces Golly's long-estranged daughter and Duncan's beautiful French pen-pal (who thinks Duncan is Glenbogle's laird), as well as a cad whose romantic pursuit of Lexie is tied to a dastardly plot to develop MacDonald land. The challenges never end for Archie and company, but the bonds between these wonderful characters grow deeper and sweeter. --Tom Keogh


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  • Actors: Alastair Mackenzie, Dawn Steele, Alexandra Gilbreath, Hamish Clark, Richard Briers
  • Directors: Marcus D.F. White, Richard Signy, Richard Stroud
  • Writers: Andrew Taft, Compton MacKenzie, Harriet O'Carroll, John Martin Johnson, Mark Holloway
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Warner
  • DVD Release Date: May 17, 2005
  • Run Time: 550 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007LFPJI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,645 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Monarch of the Glen - Series Three" on IMDb

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. M. on August 30, 2005
Format: DVD
This series continues the addictive, comical, and yet sometimes poignant story of our favorite fictional Scottish family. (Picture "Northern Exposure" with kilts and the Scottish highlands and you'll have a pretty good idea if this series is for you.) True, there are some significant changes this season, but the cast is still as refreshing as ever and the storylines are gems. It is truly rare when a show can be as good at making one laugh as it is at eliciting tears, and this one certainly has those skills.

I highly recommend this series for anyone who wants something a bit different--a walk off the beaten path, but with all the features that make us similar: familial problems, love, jealously, life, and death. This series has a little something for everyone!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Madelene Towne on June 18, 2005
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I just don't understand the negative reviews. Series 3 had some of the wittiest episodes to date as well as the most heart-wrenching ones. It introduces some memorable new characters, including Stella, an alpha female banker handpicked to bring Glenbogle out of debt. Hector and Molly are as charming and as eccentric as ever. This is a series not to be missed, and I wish Series 4 would come out quickly, since in the U.K., Series 5 has already been released. Monarch of the Glen is television at its best.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By coops32 on July 19, 2005
Format: DVD
I have to resort to the American DVD releases, so I have only seen what is out on DVD:( Release them faster!

This season brings the bank into the lives at Glenbogle and all kinds of fun happens as a result.

The only thing I really hated was the end - not only because Season 4 isn't out yet, but because the wrap up was somewhat lacking and felt like maybe the show had been cancelled and they wanted to tie up some loose ends quickly. I know the show goes on, and have no idea if it was in trouble or not at the time, but it does feel like that.

Despite this, I found myself glued to it and watched the entire season in just a couple days then sent it to my mother who did the same thing and then my friend who also sat and watched the entire series.

Thanks for another great DVD release - keep them coming!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Debra Hunt on August 24, 2005
Format: DVD
I love the quirky characters in this series, but have become a little impatient with the constant romantic triangles and the general denseness of Archie when it comes to matters of the heart. His parents can pretty much be counted on to stick a crowbar in the spokes of any project too. Couldn't the complications come from outside of the glen ocassionally? On the other hand, the supporting characters are all first rate. The season ends on enough of a "down" note, however, to make me wonder what Mollie and family will be able to do to cheer the whole clan up again.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K on June 24, 2005
Format: DVD
I found this season much better than the first two. Frankly I didn't realize how much I found the Katraina character annoying, until I was able to watch the series without her. Her character became irritating in that she was always jumping to ridiculous, biased conclusions about Archie to the point where you just wanted to shake her. I realize that the writers were trying to keep some sort of conflict going between the two characters -- but really I think that's all that they had between them. They wrote almost no real moments of connection and understanding. If this had been someone that I knew in real life I would have thought Archie a complete idiot for having any interest in such a self-righteous holier-than-thou prig.

I thought that this season's conflicts with the bank's representative, while also contrived, did at least follow naturally from their conflicts over the need to make the estate viable financially. The final result of all of this is actually a reasonable culmination, as the plot follows where the emotions are connected. So I really liked this season.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Calis on August 23, 2007
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My wife and I own all DVD's available in this series and absolutely love them. Series 3 remains my personal favorite. The characters really seem to hit their stride and settle into their rolls in 3.

I like the tension that Stella Moon brings to the storyline and how could you not wish Hector was your own Granddad? Unlike others, I wasn't invested in the Katrina / Archie relationship and wasn't bothered by Katrina's departure. I was, however, terribly sorry to see Hector go. Series 4 and beyond seemed to lose their center of gravity without Hector.

The writing is consistently good in all episodes, but series 3 seems to have more continuity and flow to the overall story. Can't understand the negitive reviews of others.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amy L. Redman on March 18, 2006
Format: DVD
My daughter and I absolutely love the whole series of Monarch of the Glen--in fact, we've already ordered the 4th series even though it isn't out yet!

It's got everything for the Anglophile/BBC lover: funny, witty, and some of the most incredible Scottish scenery I've ever seen.

It's just too bad they stopped making it!

Jo Redman
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karen Hanson on April 14, 2009
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Series Three continues a very entertaining story of life on a Scottish estate. We watch Archie and the family and staff suffer a great setback when the bank sends Stella Moon to take over running the estate. Then we watch Archie mature and regain confidence while learning to work with Stella. At the end of the series the family faces tragedy, and we are left wondering if Archie has finally found a love that will last. Alastair Mackenzie, Richard Briers and Susan Hampshire excel in their roles as Archie, Hector and Molly MacDonald.
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