The Scarlet Pimpernel (TV series)

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The Scarlet Pimpernel
Series title over a mask
Series one title card
Starring Richard E. Grant
Martin Shaw (series 1)
Elizabeth McGovern (series 1)
Caroline Carver (series 2)
Theme music composer Michal Pavlíček
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 6
Running time 90 minutes
Production company(s) London Films
A&E Television Productions
BBC Birmingham Productions
Original network BBC One
Picture format 16:9
Audio format Stereo
Original release 24 January 1999 (1999-01-24) – 1 November 2000 (2000-11-01)

The Scarlet Pimpernel is a series of television drama programmes loosely based on Baroness Emmuska Orczy's series of novels, set during the French Revolution.

It stars Richard E. Grant as Sir Percy Blakeney, and his alter ego, the eponymous hero. The first series also starred Elizabeth McGovern as his wife Marguerite and Martin Shaw as the Pimpernel's archrival, Paul Chauvelin. Robespierre was played by Ronan Vibert.

It was filmed in the Czech Republic and scored by a Czech composer, Michal Pavlíček.



Series 1[edit]

Episode # Title Directed by Written by Original airdate
1 TBA "The Scarlet Pimpernel" Patrick Lau Richard Carpenter 24 January 1999 (1999-01-24)
2 TBA "Valentine Gautier" Patrick Lau Richard Carpenter 31 January 1999 (1999-01-31)
3 TBA "A King's Ransom" Edward Bennett Richard Carpenter 7 February 1999 (1999-02-07)

Series 2[edit]

Episode # Title Directed by Written by Original airdate
1 TBA "Ennui" Graham Theakston Matthew Hall 18 October 2000 (2000-10-18)
2 TBA "Friends and Enemies" Simon Langton Alan Whiting 25 October 2000 (2000-10-25)
3 TBA "A Good Name" Simon Langton Rob Heyland 1 November 2000 (2000-11-01)


Caroline Carver won a Royal Television Society Best Actress Award for her performance as Claudette in 'A Good Name'.

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