The Scarlet Pimpernel (TV series)

For the 1956 series starring Marius Goring, see The Adventures of the Scarlet Pimpernel.
The Scarlet Pimpernel

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

Episode # Title Directed by Written by Original airdate
1TBA"The Scarlet Pimpernel"Patrick LauRichard Carpenter24 January 1999 (1999-01-24)
2TBA"Valentine Gautier"Patrick LauRichard Carpenter31 January 1999 (1999-01-31)
3TBA"A King's Ransom"Edward BennettRichard Carpenter7 February 1999 (1999-02-07)

Series 2

Episode # Title Directed by Written by Original airdate
1TBA"Ennui"Graham TheakstonMatthew Hall18 October 2000 (2000-10-18)
2TBA"Friends and Enemies"Simon LangtonAlan Whiting25 October 2000 (2000-10-25)
3TBA"A Good Name"Simon LangtonRob Heyland1 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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