The French Revolution is at its height and Maximillian Robespierre and his "Committee for Public Safety" are sentencing people to death by guillotine by the hundreds for real or imagined crimes. One man and his loyal band of follwers, known only as 'The Scarlet Pimpernel' is fighting the horrors as best they can by getting as many innocent French aristocrats out of the country and safely to England as possible. The French would give anything to know his identity and capture him; they know only that he is a 'M'Lord and has money and connections. What they DON'T know is that he is Sir Percival Blakeney, friend of the Prince of Wales, married to a French woman and considered by most to be a blithering idiot. In reality, Sir Percy is extremely bright, quick witted, fearless, calculating and organised, except in public where he plays the fool so well that nobody knows the truth except those truly close to him, not even his wife.
There have been several adaptations of the book of the same name. In my opinion, this one is the best and a must-see if you like drama and excellent acting at their very best.