Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Hamish Macbeth Series

The Hamish Macbeth series
by M.C. Beaton [DVD Beaton]

A wonderful three-part series starring Robert Carlyle ("The Full Monty")as police constable Hamish Macbeth as he attempts to maintain order in his small town of Lochdubh, Scotland. This is made difficult by the zany and eccentric characters that populate the area. Macbeth thinks this his ideal job and seeks to fly below the radar with his superiors so he's not promoted elsewhere. Heartwarming, heart-wrenching, and sometimes hilarious tales. A favorite was the annual shinty match against the neighboring town. Everyone in Lochdubh bused up for the match, including townfolk dressed as cheerleaders. Based on characters created by M.C. Beaton from her mystery series. No subtitles. This viewer initially had difficulties following the thick Scottish accent for half of the first dvd. Either they eased up on the accent or I finally developed an ear for it. (Trivia: actress Shirley Henderson, playing the character of Isobel, also plays Moaning Myrtle in the Harry Potter movies.) [If you enjoy the tone of this series, try out the biographical series based on James Herriott's All Creatures Great and Small, available on DVD.] -- recommended by Charlotte K. - Bennett Martin Public Library
[Also available in print format.]

[ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ] | [ Wikipedia article on the Hamish Macbeth book/film series ]

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