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Strathblair (BBC-1 1992-1993, Ian Carmichael, Andrew Keir)

Strathblair

Strathblair was a period drama series that took us back to the 1950s. With his military service duties over Major Andrew Menzies returns home in the early 1950’s to his ancestral home of Strathblair and is soon locking horns with his father Sir James, the laird. Andrew has created problems by promising one of the farms on the estate, Craigiebeg, to one of his army men, Alec Ritchie and his wife Jennifer.

Despite not being locals Alec and Jennifer are determined to fit in and make a new life for themselves even if others in the neighbourhood are keen to see them fail.

The first season ended with Andrew being drafted back into service and heading off to Korea and Craigiebeg burning down. Season two opened with Alec and Jennifer living in a caravan but still determined to make things work and Andrew back from the army and keen to make inroads in politics.

The picturesque village of Blair Atholl and surrounds was the setting for the series.

production details
UK / BBC One – BBC Scotland / 20×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 3 May 1992 – 28 August 1993

Creator: Bill Craig / Story Editor: Margaret Graham / Music: Michael Gibbs / Executive Producer: Norman McCandish / Producer: Aileen Forsyth (season 1), Leonard White (season 2)

cast
Ian Carmichael as Sir James Menzies
Andrew Keir as Macrae of Balbuie
David Robb as Andrew Menzies
Derek Riddell as Alec Ritchie
Francesca Hunt as Jennifer Ritchie
Kika Mirylees as Flora McInnes
Alison Peebles as Pheemie Robertson
Urbano Barberini as Umberto Fabiani
Neil McKinven as Robert Sinclair

THE EPISODES
SEASON ONE 3 May – 19 July 1992
1. IN GOOD FAITH
2. FAMILY AFFAIRS
3. SHEEP DON’T SAFELY GRAZE
4. PARTINGS
5. CRIMES AND MISDEMEANOURS
6. VISITATIONS
7. INTO THE FOREST
8. COMING TO TERMS
9. PAST AND PRESENT
10. DAY OF JUDGEMENT

SEASON TWO 27 June – 28 August 1993
1. EPISODE ONE
2. EPISODE TWO
3. EPISODE THREE
4. EPISODE FOUR
5. EPISODE FIVE
6. EPISODE SIX
7. EPISODE SEVEN
8. EPISODE EIGHT
9. EPISODE NINE
10. EPISODE TEN