Out of the blue one day I happened across Monarch of the Glen on BBC America and I started taping it. I freely admit it isn’t a great show in an absolute sense. It’s pure melodramatic soap opera, broadly written and acted for the most part. For some reason, though, it’s hitting the spot right now. I’m enjoying the Scottish landscapes and the frothy personal stuff. The last week has definitely left me in the market for unchallenging escapist fare.