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21.11.03


TV DRAMA
SCOTLAND


Monarch of the Glen returns for a sixth series on BBC ONE


Monarch of the Glen, BBC ONE's internationally acclaimed Sunday night feel-good drama, is set to return for a sixth series, following the success of the fifth series currently on-air.


Principal cast members Susan Hampshire, Dawn Steele, Lloyd Owen, Hamish Clark and Alexander Morton will return to their Highland homes in Glenbogle to film the 10-part series next year in Kinloch Laggan, Invernesshire, Scotland.


Created by Michael Chaplin and inspired by the Highland novels of Sir Compton Mackenzie, Monarch of the Glen (an Ecosse Films production) is BBC ONE's flagship Sunday evening TV show and has proved to be a hit with "Boglies" (Monarch fans) the world over.


As well as all the Monarch favourites, newcomers from the current series Martin Compston and Rae Hendrie will return as key characters - loveable rogue Ewan and Jess, Glenbogle’s first girl ghillie and the daughter of Golly (Alexander Morton).


Barbara McKissack, BBC Scotland's Head Of Drama, said: "We're very happy to be returning to Glenbogle again next year.


"Monarch of the Glen is a very special show for us and we're thrilled that its fans continue to enjoy the antics of the extended MacDonald clan."


Douglas Rae, Executive Producer for Ecosse Films, added: "It's so rewarding to know that Monarch of the Glen has entered the affections of the nation – a show that all the family can sit down and enjoy together.


"We'll be introducing some great new characters at Glenbogle next year."


The current series transmits until Sunday 30 November.


Monarch of the Glen is an Ecosse Films Production for BBC Scotland.


Notes to Editors


Monarch of the Glen is sold to more than 20 countries worldwide including Australia, Canada, Norway, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Vietnam, Sweden and Dubai.


The series is one of BBC America's most popular British exports.


Publicity in America has included front page coverage on the Chicago Tribune, one of the top newspapers in the USA.


Monarch of the Glen was the most popular BBC drama on ABC in Australia in 2002 and 2003.


The series is shown to more than 100 countries on BBC Prime, the BBC's 24-hour global entertainment channel broadcast to Europe, the Middle East and Africa.


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