The Scarlet Pimpernel

Ep 1/2

Sunday 10 December



James Purefoy stars as Sir Percy Blakeney in Jonathan Holloway’s new adaptation of Baroness Orczy’s classic tale, set in the French Revolution.

Holloway’s political interpretation is brought to life by an ensemble cast including Sienna Guillory as Marguerite Blakeney and Enzo Cilenti as the spine-chilling revolutionary soldier, Henri Chauvelin.

Muscular acting, pungent words, threat and jeopardy replace the whimsy of other adaptations and are floated on a contemporary, filmic score written by Sarah Llewellyn, with sound design by Wilfredo Acosta.

Episode One:
It is the year 1792. We witness a revolutionary France in the grip of a violent proletarian uprising and a British ruling class striving to prevent the same happening in England.

Percy Blakeney…………James Purefoy
Marguerite Blakeney…Sienna Guillory
Andrew Ffoulkes………Eric MacLennan
Suzanne De Tournay…Abi Wain
French Cavalryman…..Graeme Rose
Bibot & Prince of Wales…Mike Rogers
Henri Chauvelin……….Enzo Cilenti
Worsdale…..James Camp

Music composed by Sarah Llewellyn
Adapted and directed by Jonathan Holloway

Produced by Sally Harrison
A Woolyback production for BBC Radio 4