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The Scarlet Pimpernel
Series one title card
StarringRichard E. Grant
Martin Shaw (series 1)
Elizabeth McGovern (series 1)
Caroline Carver (series 2)
Theme music composerMichal Pavlíček
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series2
No. of episodes6
Running time90 minutes
Production companiesLondon Films
A&E Television Productions
BBC Birmingham Productions
Original networkBBC One
Picture format16:9 (also 4:3)
Audio formatStereo
Original release24 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
1"The Scarlet Pimpernel"Patrick LauRichard Carpenter24 January 1999 (1999-01-24)
2"Valentine Gautier"Patrick LauRichard Carpenter31 January 1999 (1999-01-31)
3"A King's Ransom"Edward BennettRichard Carpenter7 February 1999 (1999-02-07)

Series 2

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