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Blackadder spoof

Hero plan goes wrong

'Nob and Nobility'
(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

Blackadder quote:
"Am 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.

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