Missionary, The

Date: 1982
Director: Richard Loncraine
Production Company: HandMade Films

Stars: Michael Palin, Maggie Smith, Trevor Howard, Denholm Elliott, Michael Hordern, Graham Crowden, David Suchet, Phoebe Nicholls
Location(s): Berkshire, Invernessshire, Kenya, London, Wiltshire

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After ten years of missionary work in Africa, the Reverend Charles Fortesque returns to England to wed his sweetheart and minister to London’s prostitutes.

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The Reverend Charles Fortescue arrives at the home of the Reverend Fitzbanks and his daughter Deborah. Jonathan J advises that this is Dorney Court on Dorney Lane in Windsor, Berkshire.

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Charles (Michael Palin) and Deborah (Phoebe Nicholls) take a walk. Alex White identifies this as Boveney, Berkshire with the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in the centre distance is. Alex adds "In another shot, they are on a tandem bicycle travelling along the avenue of trees that leads to the church".

Charles visits the fictional Church & Universities Club in London. Simon James identifies the location as Salisbury House on Circus Place, London EC2.

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Roadworks spoil todays view.

Charles sees Lady Isabel Ames across the street.

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The post box still lives on Circus Place, London EC2.

Lady Isabel Ames drives away in a carriage. Circus Place looking towards London Wall in EC2.

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More roadworks and no carriages.

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Charles arrives home and Deborah meets him. Dorney Court in Windsor identified by Jonathan J.

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Charles arrives at the stately home of Lord and Lady Fermleigh to canvas for support. Highclere Castle in Berkshire. Probably better recognised as televisions Downton Abbey.

Charles calls at the stately home of Lord and Lady Ames. Longleat House in Wiltshire which was also seen in 'Jubilee', 'Scandal', 'Blue Blood' and 'Libel'.

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Robin Wareham also calls but prefers to stay behind the camera. (RL)

Ezra Street, E2. The building on the right is the Royal Oak public house which fronts Columbia Road. The location was seen in 'The Krays', 'Pierrepoint' and 'Legend'.

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The same location now.

Ezra Street again. Bethnal Green, London E2.

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Not quite as quaint now. Just around the corner from the Royal Oak public house.

Outside the new Church of England Mission for Fallen Women. Ezra Street E2 identified by John Tunstill . . . . .

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. . . . and captured for posterity by PW.

Just along the street from the Mission.

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Ezra Street, London E2.

Shipton Street, London E2 looking across the road into Ezra Street opposite The Nelsons Head public house.

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The same location now, minus the quaint shop front.

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Charles gathers women for the Mission. Cheney Street with Clarence Passage and Stanley Passage off to the left identified by Richard Lovejoy. The area was also seen in 'Nuns on the Run' and 'Chaplin'.

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Charles and the Bishop (Denholm Elliott) discuss the future of the mission with St. Pancras station in the background.

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Lord and Lady Ames go shooting at Carnoustie House. Ardverikie House, Kinlochlaggan, by Newtonmore, Invernessshire.

Outside the Mission.

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Ezra Street E2.

After the Mission is closed Charles and Lady Ames help the poor of London. King Henry Wharves near Wapping Pier, London E1.

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At high tide and certainly not a wharf for the poor these days. (RL)