During the turmoil of the French Revolution, English aristocrat Percy Blakeney, often aided by his League of friends, secretly undertakes various daring missions as the Scarlet Pimpernel.

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Series cast summary:
 Sir Percy Blakeney / ... (6 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Robespierre (6 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Planchet (5 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Prince of Wales / ... (4 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Arturo Mazarini / ... (4 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Fisher (4 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Sir William Wetherby (3 episodes, 2000)
 Lady Suzanne Ffoulkes / ... (3 episodes, 1999)
 Sir Andrew Ffoulkes (3 episodes, 1999)
 Chauvelin (3 episodes, 1999)
 Lady Marguerite Blakeney (3 episodes, 1999)
 Fumier (3 episodes, 1999)


During the turmoil of the French Revolution, English aristocrat Percy Blakeney, often aided by his League of friends, secretly undertakes various daring missions as the Scarlet Pimpernel.

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24 January 1999 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A vörös Pimpernel  »

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£5,000,000 (estimated)

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Makes You Want To Read!
31 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I was in high school, the A&E adaption came out. I was anxious to watch the story from seeing the previews. The movie didn't let me down. Of course, I had never seen or read of the Scarlet Pimpernel before. I loved the movie so much that I wanted to read the book because books are usually better. (That only makes me want to roll my eyes at libraries in small towns.) It took me a couple of years to find a copy. Now, I read it on-line and the books following behind. I hate that the movie has received such horrible reviews.

Even after reading the book, I think that Richard E. Grant was cast exceptionally well, perfectly portraying Sir Percy Blakeney and the Scarlet Pimpernel. I was a little disappointed in Marguerite's casting. I think the make-up artist had more of a problem than Elizabeth McGovern.

Some may not have liked the adaption, but that is what it is--an adaption. Maybe the original story would have been better, but I disagree. I see it as and addition to the stories-not the original, but a new adventure--exciting wonderful adventure--to add to the past stories and characters of the Scarlet Pimpernel. Altogether, it was a wonderful series that made me want more! And more!

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