7 Reasons You’ll Want A Highland Fling With Monarch of the Glen

The depths of winter getting you down? Here’s why Monarch of the Glen will warm your cockles like a wee dram of the finest Scotch whisky.

7 Reasons You’ll Want A Highland Fling With Monarch of the G

1. IT'S PROPERLY COSY VIEWING

There's cosy, feel-good telly, and then there's Monarch of the Glen, which is basically the TV equivalent of curling up by a roaring fire in your snuggliest slippers with a hot toddy in hand. Seriously, no matter how stressed out you might feel, each episode of this show is 100% guaranteed to make you forget about school runs, traffic jams, supermarket queues, email inboxes, Twitter spats, and the imminent end of the world. None of that will matter when you're in the wonderful universe of Glenbogle. Even the word itself is enough to make you feel lovely inside. Just look at it. Say it out loud. Glenbogle. Ahhh.

2. IT'S GOT A BEAUTIFULLY SIMPLE STORY

These days, every TV show has so many sub-plots going on that you need to make detailed notes on a whiteboard, with lots of boxes and squiggly arrows, just to keep up. Monarch of the Glen, meanwhile, is a refreshingly simple fish out of water story about Archie, a young Scottish chap in London who finds out he's inherited Glenbogle, his family estate in the Highlands. All of a sudden, the unassuming Archie has to deal with the responsibilities of being a Laird - no easy thing, given that Glenbogle is mired in debt, there's a whole gaggle of locals to deal with and someone's stealing the estate's osprey eggs. Plus, exactly how keen will his London girlfriend be on this unexpected Highland fling?

3. IT ALSO HAS RICHARD BRIERS ON A JET SKI

If you ever wondered what it would be like if Richard Briers did Hollywood-style action sequences, you're about to find out. On marvellously eccentric form as Archie's dad Hector, the national treasure steals every scene - especially when he hops on a jet ski and goes surging across the loch like he's starring in an unlikely Scottish remake of Kevin Costner's Waterworld. The Good Life was never like this.

4. IT'S GOT A WILL THEY, WON'T THEY LOVE STORY

Because of course it has. The number one rule of any proper cosy comedy-drama is that there has to be a will they or won't they romance, preferably with plenty of snarky bickering, meaningful looks and poignant misunderstandings that will make you shake your first and yell at them to get on with kissing each other already (while also really not wanting them to, because the tension is delicious). Cue, Archie and local school teacher Katrina, but there's actually more to it then that. Without wanting to give anything away, there may be a bit of a love triangle situation on the cards (and we're not even counting Archie's girlfriend down in London... he's got a complicated love life, that lad).

5. DUNCAN IS ADORABLE

Who is Duncan? Why, he's the laddie with the leather jacket and the kilt, a hapless member of the Glenbogle crew, and a fan favourite when the show first aired - on account of being completely sweet and adorable. You'll want to adopt him as your pet, if only to tousle his big unruly hair.

6. IT'S (KIND OF) BASED ON CLASSIC SCOTTISH LITERATURE

Even long-standing fans of the show may not be aware that Monarch of the Glen has quite the literary pedigree. It was inspired by a series of books by Sir Compton Mackenzie, an icon of Scotland (despite being born in England), who wrote the classic comic novel Whisky Galore, and also happened to be a co-founder of the Scottish National Party. We're not sure what he'd have made of all the jet ski antics, mind.

7. THERE ARE SOME SURPRISINGLY FAMILIAR FACES

As well as being an incredibly charming tale of love, lairds and lochs, Monarch of the Glen also doubles as one of those "before they were famous" type shows. That Glenbogle worker Ewan, who turns up later in the series' run? Why yes, that IS Martin Compston from Line of Duty. And that distinctive looking gentleman playing Lord Kilwillie? That's only Julian Fellowes, creator of global TV and film sensation Downton Abbey. It should probably also be mentioned that a bona fide icon also turns up much later in Monarch of the Glen's run: none other than former Doctor Who, Tom Baker, who plays the fantastically named Donald McDonald. Spoiler alert: his character is Scottish.