Hamish MacBeth: Series 1-3 Collection
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Now together in one collector's set, all three seasons of Hamish Macbeth, the quirky award-winning series starring Robert Carlyle! Before his breakout performances in Trainspotting and The Full Monty, Robert Carlyle starred as Police Constable Hamish Macbeth, who finds himself transferred from his Glasgow beat to the village of Lochdubh, a town where the strangeness of the villagers is exceeded only by the strangeness of the goings on. Good thing Hamish Macbeth is in town. He proves to be a natural at maintaining the social balance of his tight-knit town while solving crimes along the way. Whether it's tracking down 300 weight of salt, mediating a family feud featuring space aliens, or a search for the Stone of Destiny, there's nothing Hamish Macbeth and his trusty canine sidekick Wee Jock can't handle.]]>
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The series is LOOSELY based upon the mystery books by MC Beaton, a few parallels can be drawn but its not a series of sleuthing police mysteries. Quite the opposite: Hamish is well aware of how competent police work brings the wrong sort of attention to his comfortable corner of western Scotland. The sort that would mean notice from the big city departments, promotions, and moving back to the hustle and bustle of urban policing.
And the townsfolk are quite anxious to ensure Hamish gets to stay exactly where he is, they remember too well The Man Before The Man Before MacBeth with the endless nuisances committed upon their fair village, they would much prefer to keep things as they are just now, thank you very much.
From the curious theft of almost a hundred-weight of table salt at the local grocery (and not a drop of whiskey was stolen, how odd) to the football match that empties the entire town (will the last person leaving Lochdubh please switch off the lights) every show is a delightful and smart spotlight on life in a small isolated community at its best.
Season 1: (5 episodes) The Great Lochdubh Salt Robbery, A Pillar of the Community, The Big Freeze, Wee Jock's Lament. and A Bit of an Epic.
Season 2: (6 episodes) A Perfectly Simple Explanation, In Search of a Rose, Isobel Pulls it Off, Radio Lochdubh, No Man is an Island, The Lochdubh Deluxe
Season 3: (8 episodes) The Honorable Policeman, Deferred Sentence, The Lochdubh Assassin, The Good Thief, The Trouble with Rory, More than a Game, Destiny (Part 1), Destiny (Part 2)
The TV series is somewhat of a disappointment to me. On the positive side, the setting, the acting, the casting, filming, and most technical aspects of the production are well done. But if your standard is authenticity to the author's written text and to the finer nuances of character motivation, the TV series is not as satisfying. The element of mystery is often missing. The descriptor "bad soap opera" comes to mind in some of the episodes. The producer and the screen writers often miss the mark. I almost feel the TV series was written by persons who may be ignorant of and hold an animus to small town or rural life. The books on the other hand positively portray and celebrate the unique characters that are part of non-urban places.
Beaton's (Chesney's) Hamish is motivated by authentic justice and fairness. If the "criminal justice system" fails, Hamish often finds a means to "adjust" reality. In the Beaton's background, there are always elements of humor and ultimate justice. The TV series sometimes closes off with a brutish tone leaving me with an underlying unease.
Would I buy the DVDs if I had known of these variances with the literary version? Probably but you might want to wait for a sale and then buy only one disk.
PS Robert Carlye is a very good actor
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love the stories, I some times don't understan what they say but, I get most of it. it's the accents! it's not southern!!!Published 7 days ago by Maplestnews
Fun stories, beautiful scenery, good samples of Northern Scotland dialect sometimes too thick to understand.Published 2 months ago by Gonzo
Disappointed that the did not keep closer to the characters as writtenPublished 3 months ago by Julia B. Smith
Had to get used to the character Hamish MacBeth being so different from Beaton's hero!! However once I did that then I am enjoying the series. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Maggie Webster
The entire second and third season disks are damaged....won't play. Very disappointed, I just opened them.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love the series; purchased as a gift for another lover of the series...Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Well, it does not follow the books exactly...but well enough to be most enjoyable and the acting is superb.Published 9 months ago by Eve Anders