The Scarlet Pimpernel: Season 1, Episode 2

Valentin Gautier (31 Oct. 1999)
"Valentin Gautier/The Scarlet Pimpernel Meets Madame Guillotine" (original title)

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Sir Percy learns that Helene de Rochambeau remained in hiding in the Vendee of France after an attack. Robespierre sends Chauvelin to find her. The town of Cholet, however, is controlled by Gabrielle Damiens aka Mlle. Guillotine.

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Peter Jeffrey ...
Marquis de Rochambeau
Robert Langdon Lloyd ...
Father Joseph
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Helene de Rochambeau
Denise Black ...
Gabrielle Damiens
Robert Perkins ...
Vanel
Edith MacArthur ...
Mother Superior
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Beth Goddard ...
Milton Johns ...
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Henri
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Sir Percy learns that Helene de Rochambeau remained in hiding in the Vendee of France after an attack. Robespierre sends Chauvelin to find her. The town of Cholet, however, is controlled by Gabrielle Damiens aka Mlle. Guillotine.

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The character Henri, played by James Callis, is based on a real rebel aristocrat from the French Revolution. See more »

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A distinct improvement
6 December 2004 | by (New Jersey, USA) – See all my reviews

Although The Scarlet Pimpernel was not as disappointing as I had feared, it left me greatly unhappy. Madame Guillotine corrected many of its prequels most egregious

problems. I was thrilled by Percy's impersonation of Chauvelin, as it was very true to the spirit of the books, where Percy is a master of disguise rather than a prototype for James Bond. Marguerite was lovely and the Blakeneys' interaction both effective and believable. Plus, Grant has always done wonderfully as Sir Percival Blakeney, Baronet. Overall, it felt as though the crew has really found its feet. Still not as good, however, as the 1982 version with Anthony Andrews and Jane Seymour. If you want to see Pimpernel done right, watch that film.

(and, in a completely pointless side note, I LOVE the theme song. The furtive, halting opening measures are ideal as is the overall lighthearted tone. Perfect for the insouciant Scarlet Pimpernel)


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