The Scarlet Pimpernel

Two part drama for BBC radio 4, The Scarlet Pimpernel, adapted and directed by Jonathan Holloway, starring James Purefoy and Sienna Guillory.

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.

Darling Woolyback Co-Production for BBC Radio 4

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Cast and creatives at the recording

Holloway’s political interpretation of Baroness Orczy’s classic tale, set in the French Revolution is brought to life by an ensemble cast including James Purefoy as Sir Percy Blakeney, Sienna Guillory as Marguerite and Enzo Cilenti as the spine-chilling revolutionary soldier, Henri Chauvelin.


Adapted and directed by Jonathan Holloway

Music composed by Sarah Llewellyn

Sound Design by Wilfredo Acosta

Produced by Sally Harrison


Percy Blakeney: James Purefoy
Marguerite Blakeney: Sienna Guillory
Andrew Foulkes: Eric MacLennan
Henri Chauvelin: Enzo Cilenti
Suzanne De Tournay: Abby Wain
Captain Duroc: Graeme Rose
Citizen Brogard: Mike Rogers
Barsad & Wilmot: James Camp

Sarah says...

I loved composing the music for this, traditional style waltzes and rondos underscore some sequences mixing acoustic instruments, violin, flute, auto harp and piano with electronic drums and bass. I exploited the musical saw for the love theme and extended string techniques for the darker textures.

Featured musician on recordings: Francesca Simmons - Violin, Auto Harp and Musical Saw