Fallen Women? Does it mean they've hurt their knees? After a decade of soul saving in Africa, Charles Fortescue is asked to minister to the ladies of the night in 1906 London. So Fortescue feeds them, shelters them and not infrequently provides them a bed - his! A naive man of the cloth becomes a man of the sheets in this playfully naughty yet always tasteful comedy that stars Monty Python's Michael Palin as Fortescue and features a colourful array of cockeyed characters: a blissful airhead (Phoebe Nicholls), a lusty mission sponsor (Maggie Smith), a bewildered butler (Michael Hordern), an earthy bishop (Denholm Elliott), a cantankerous John Bull (Trevor Howard) and more.
Audio commentary with writer and actor Michael Palin (2002)
Audio commentary with director Richard Loncraine and film historian Sam Dunn (2019)
Compulsively Entertaining (2019, 38 mins): Palin and Maggie Smith reflect on the making of 'The Missionary'
A Good Collar (2019, 8 mins): costume designer Shuna Harwood discusses her work on the film A Very British Sound (2019, 8 mins): veteran composer and record producer Mike Moran explores the score of 'The Missionary'
Playing the Part (2019, 4 mins): Ken Lintott recalls his approach to the film's make-up
Snapshots of Sound (2019, 10 mins): interview with sound recordist Tony Jackson
A Stiff Old Fashioned (2019, 23 mins): appreciation by comedian, musician and writer Rob Deering
Deleted Scenes (7 mins, mute with subtitled dialogue)
As a huge fan of Michael Palin and sharing, as I thought, the same sense of humour, I was looking forward to watching 'The Missionary' and surprised that I hadn't seen it before.
In the event I have to say that I really didn't find it funny at all. There were numerous incidents which should have been funny, but somehow did absolutely nothing for me! Maybe it caught me on a bad night!