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The Scarlet Pimpernel 

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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:
Richard E. Grant ...  Sir Percy Blakeney / ... 6 episodes, 1999-2000
Ronan Vibert ...  Robespierre 6 episodes, 1999-2000
Gerard Murphy ...  Planchet 5 episodes, 1999-2000
Jonathan Coy ...  Prince of Wales / ... 4 episodes, 1999-2000
Ron Donachie ...  Arturo Mazarini / ... 4 episodes, 1999-2000
Milton Johns ...  Fisher 4 episodes, 1999-2000
John McEnery ...  Sir William Wetherby 3 episodes, 2000
Beth Goddard ...  Lady Suzanne Ffoulkes / ... 3 episodes, 1999
Anthony Green ...  Sir Andrew Ffoulkes 3 episodes, 1999
Martin Shaw ...  Chauvelin 3 episodes, 1999
Elizabeth McGovern ...  Lady Marguerite Blakeney 3 episodes, 1999
Christopher Fairbank ...  Fumier 3 episodes, 1999
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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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Adventure | Drama

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Official Sites:

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UK

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English

Release Date:

24 January 1999 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A vörös Pimpernel See more »

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GBP5,000,000 (estimated)
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Stereo

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4:3
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Richard E. Grant and Elizabeth McGovern worked on Downton Abbey together. See more »

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Percy and Guests: (singing) Ah, ca ira, ca ira, ca ira, over in France there's a revolution! Ah, ca ira ca ira, ca ira, watch what you say or you'll lose your head! Ah, ca ira, ca ira, ca ira, pass some time, see an execution! Ah, ca ira, ca ira, ca ira, une deux trois and you fall down dead! Ah ca ira, ca ira, ca ira, hear the tale of Marie Antoinette-a! Ah, ca ira, ca ira, ca ira, a bloodier sight you have never seen!
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Version of 'Pimpernel' Smith (1941) See more »

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Richard E. Grant is an inspired choice!
3 September 2003 | by Liza-19See all my reviews

I'll confess, I've never read the books. I have however seen several productions of the play onstage and I prefer this beautiful miniseries by far. All of the productions I've seen before cast elderly men with cute lines but no charisma. The choice of Richard E. Grant for the Scarlet Pimpernel surprised me, but he did a wonderful job with it. I was very surprised by his performance, as I'd only ever known him as a supporting/character actor (like Twelfth Night and Gosford Park).

As a life-long Elizabeth McGovern fan, I can't help but love her. She's a fantastic actress, but whoever did her hair should be guillotined. For a really beautiful woman, they hid it well under ten pounds of brown wig. It sadly resulted in her looking much older than she actually is, but fortunately this isn't the case for the entire movie (at least at the end she gets a haircut!) But her striking features still shine through and her beautiful performance far outweighs that hairstyle. She also manages her accent very well (she's originally from Illinois) But, well, I watched the whole miniseries just for her, so I can't help but think she's the real star.

Ronan Vibert is another actor I've liked for a long time, and he did a fantastic job as Robespierre. Martin Shaw's Chauvelin got on my nerves a bit, but he's fine. The big surprise was sweet little Emilia Fox in the role of Minette. I'd never seen her play a villain before, and was pretty impressed by it. All in all, I really enjoyed this miniseries, and highly recommend it.


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