Yes, Monarch of the Glen still has a special place in some people's hearts - people are still discussing it online - but what was it that captured hearts across the nation?
Monarch of the Glen: Originally aired from February 27, 2000 to October 23, 2005
Let's get one thing straight - Monarch of the Glen was never meant to be gritty, hard-hitting, edgy drama. It wasn't even really meant to be thought-provoking drama. It was Sunday night comfort food, pure and simple - and that's why people fell for it.
There's nothing wrong with a show that does that, after all - Monarch of the Glen never had any pretensions. It was light-hearted and easy, full of silly misadventures and flirty romance.
But what helped the show was the wonderful cast of characters it assembled, from the reluctant Laird Archie to the aforementioned Kilwillie to gillie Golly to the lovely Lexie.
Everyone had someone they were rooting for - I was a bit of a Lexie fan, it must be said - but the ensemble generally became so rich and warm that we fell for them all.
And looking back, it's hard not to be impressed by the roster of talent the show assembled. Not only did we have Mr Fellowes, but Richard Briers starred as the fabulous Hector, too. Even a former Doctor got in on the action in the later years, with Tom Baker joining the cast as the marvellously named Donald MacDonald.
Add to that people like Susan Hampshire and the lovely Dawn Steele - who transferred from Scotland to Africa for Wild At Heart - and it's not too much of a surprise that people became so engaged with their characters.
All of that's without mentioning one of the real stars of the show, though - the marvellous Scottish landscape. Everyone wanted to live in Glenbogle, with its rolling hills and beautiful rivers and generally stunning views.
That was a large part of the appeal of Monarch of the Glen, actually. This was somewhere that we wanted to live. It took us away from our flats and terraced houses and plonked us in the middle of an idealistic view of country living.
But while it might have harked back to another era, not everything about Monarch of the Glen was perfect. Glenbogle was massively debt-ridden, as many country houses are, leading to all sorts of worries about how to keep the estate going.
That provided us with plenty of good storylines to sink our teeth into, alongside all the romantic intrigue (which could get just a little bit confusing - he likes her but she likes him but he likes someone else!) and, naturally, Archie's confusion about whether to stay in Scotland or return home to London.
But the warm humour underpinned everything in Monarch of the Glen, whether it was Hector and Kilwillie's rivalry or one of the many silly plots that stretched your credulity as far as it would go (I mean, really - Hector being blown up when his dog swam back with explosives he'd placed in the loch to fish? Weirdly, the dog survived.)
Yes, Monarch of the Glen suffered as it came to the end, shedding vital characters like Archie, Katrina and Lexie. It was still entertaining enough, don't get us wrong, but some of the sparkle went when Alistair Mackenzie left the show (and women across the country despaired).
And yes, it was pretty silly, undemanding fun. And I'm not sure how good it would be to watch now - has it stood the test of time? But when it first aired as Sunday night television, comforting and relaxing and easy, Monarch of the Glen was hard to beat.
What did you think of Monarch of the Glen? Were you a devotee, or did you hate it? Leave your comments below!