The Scarlet Pimpernel

Basic Info

Genre: Drama (Radio)

Broadcaster: BBC Radio 2

Broadcast dates: Fridays, 18 April 2003 – 6 June 2003

Production Co: CSA Word

Cast & Crew: Damian Lewis (Narrator), Clive Stanhope (Producer), Sarah Kilgarriff (Writer)


An eight part abridgement by Sarah Kilgariff of Baroness Orczy’s
enduring story of high adventure and romantic heroism set at the time
of the French Revolution, read by Damian Lewis.

A tale of intrigue and heroism set in both France and England against
the backdrop of the Reign of Terror in 1792. The mysterious Scarlet
Pimpernel and his accomplices save innocent victims sentenced to
summary execution, even snatching them from the very foot of the
guillotine itself.

Source: BBC


Part A (43:13 minutes)
Episode 1: The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel (0:00)
Episode 2: At the Inn (14:14)
Episode 3: Lord Grenville’s Ball (28:25)

Part B (42:47 minutes)
Episode 4: Richmond (0:00)
Episode 5: Calais (13:54 )
Episode 6: The Trap (27:42)

Part C (31:41 minutes)
Episode 7: Pursuit (0:00)
Episode 8: Escape (14:10)

Episode Descriptions

Episode 1: The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel

September 1792: the elusive Scarlet Pimpernel and his men snatch
another innocent victim from the jaws of the guillotine – but for the
Comtesse de Tournay, old enemies are to be found in England, even in
the highest places.

(First broadcast: 2003/04/18)

Episode 2: At the Inn
Marguerite St. Just (Lady Blakeney) meets an old friend from her days in Paris but why is he in England?
(First broadcast: 2003/04/25)

Episode 3: Lord Grenville’s Ball
Armed with the knowledge that Armand St. Just is a traitor, Chauvelin seeks another meeting with Marguerite. (First broadcast: 2003/05/02)

Episode 4: Richmond
Marguerite decides whether to sacrifice her brother or the heroic Scarlet Pimpernel.
(First broadcast: 2003/05/09)

Episode 5: Calais
Marguerite Blakeney, herself, discovers the identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel.
(First broadcast: 2003/05/16)

Episode 6: The Trap
Marguerite has first sight of Sir Percy on French soil, but Chauvelin is hot on his heels.

(First broadcast: 2003/05/23)

Episode 7: Pursuit
Chauvelin is on the track of his elusive quarry and heads for Pere Blanchard’s hut, the known meeting place of the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Royalists fugitives. The trap is sprung.

(First broadcast: 2003/05/30)

Episode 8: Escape
The Scarlet Pimpernel has slipped through Chauvelin’s fingers and so far avoided the careful trap set for him by his arch enemy.

(First broadcast: 2003/06/06)