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A Good Name 

The poet laureate is mistaken for the Pimpernel and sent to the guillotine.


Simon Langton


Rob Heyland, Baroness Emmuska Orczy (books) (as Baroness Orczy)


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Richard E. Grant ... Sir Percy Blakeney / The Scarlet Pimpernel
Caroline Carver ... Claudette de Bridoire
Ronan Vibert ... Robespierre
Danny Webb ... Libersac
Jonathan Coy ... The Prince Of Wales
Mark Umbers ... Lord Sidney
John McEnery ... Sir William Wetherby
Simon Kunz ... Nodues
Jonty Stephens Jonty Stephens ... Dutton
Rob Heyland Rob Heyland ... Sailor
Hugh Dickson ... Old Man Prisoner
Frank Rozelaar-Green Frank Rozelaar-Green ... Prison Sergeant (as Frank Rozelaar Green)
Keith Newby Keith Newby ... Guard at Gate
Gerard Murphy ... Planchet
Samantha Beckinsale Samantha Beckinsale ... Nana


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A case of mistaken identity results in Lord Sidney, oversensitive aristo poet, being kidnapped as the Pimpernel and spirited to Paris, where the Mob bay for his blood. Claudette, recently rescued by the Pimpernel and ergo in love with Lord Sidney, attempts to free him cunningly disguised as a boy. Both face certain death at the Guillotine if the real Pimpernel fails to save both them and his reputation... Except Claudette is not an aristo, but adopted: her real mother having been knocked up by The Incorruptible himself in their youth. Faced with this shattering revelation, Robespierre tries in vain to rescue his own daughter from the claws of the Revolutionary Tribunal (a tense and desperate courtroom scene, which leaves him exhausted and emotionally desolated). But the deadly Libersac, a snake of a man vying for Robespierre's power, aims to use this new weakness to expose him. An unlikely truce between the Damned Elusive and the Incorruptible is needed to save the day... Written by Vibertology

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[Percy and William speak to Nana after they find her trying to save Claudette at the trial]
Sir William Wetherby: Forgive our appearance, Madamoiselle, this is not idle fancy, I assure you. We are...
Sir Percy: [nods approval]
Sir William Wetherby: We are members of the League of the Pimpernel.
Nana: [huffs in disbelief and turns to leave]
Sir Percy: Madam.
[Reveals his ring with the Pimpernel flower seal]
Nana: Ah! You are a great man!
Sir Percy: [Shakes head] I have a great cause.
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They've gotta make more movies like these.
26 February 2003 | by feytwilightSee all my reviews

I love the way Richard E. Grant portrays the Scarlet Pimpernel, he's wonderful and the wit, plot, and setting is gifted. I really do hope they make more of these to play on Bravo, I'll certainly watch. I'm obsessed with it, they have to continue the series, its great, and I would be so very disappointed if they don't.

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