(Blackadder, series 3, 1987)
In the late '80s, the Blackadder team scripted a spoof on
the Scarlet Pimpernel. The plot goes something like this:
everyone in Britain is in awe of the Scarlet Pimpernel's
exploits in bravely rescuing aristocrats from the evil French
revolutionaries. Everyone that is except Edmund Blackadder.
He's jealous of the Pimpernel and bets that he can rescue
an aristocrat himself. But rather than subject himself to
danger in going to France, Blackadder decides to pick up
a Frenchie at Mrs Miggin's coffee shop. But when Blackadder
turns up at the French Embassy with Le Comte de Frou Frou
he discovers that it has been taken over by revolutionaries.
Adding salt to Blackadder's wounds, he is saved by Lord
Smedley, who turns out to be the Scarlet Pimpernel's right-hand
man. He also discovers
I jumping the gun, Baldrick, or are the words 'I have
a cunning plan' marching with ill-deserved confidence
in the direction of this conversation?"
that the Pimpernel is in fact Lord Topper, who was disguised
as Frou Frou all along.