The Navy Lark

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For the 1959 film, see The Navy Lark (film).
The Navy Lark
Genre Comedy
Running time 30 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Home station BBC Light Programme
Starring Leslie Phillips
Jon Pertwee
Judy Cornwell
Heather Chasen
Ronnie Barker
Dennis Price
Stephen Murray
Richard Caldicot
Michael Bates
Tenniel Evans
Air dates 1959 to 1977
No. of episodes 244 (includes 2 Christmas "Specials" to HMS Troutbridge / Arctic Survey teams 1962 & 1965)

The Navy Lark[1] was a radio sit-com about life aboard a British Royal Navy frigate named HMS Troutbridge, (a play on HMS Troubridge, a Royal Navy destroyer) based in HMNB Portsmouth. In series 1 and 2, the ship and crew were stationed offshore at an unnamed location known simply as "The Island". In series 2 this island was revealed to be owned by Lt. Cdr. Stanton.

The programme was transmitted on the BBC Light Programme and subsequently BBC Radio 2. It was produced by Alastair Scott Johnston. Jon Pertwee is frequently quoted as having suggested the idea of a forces comedy based on the Royal Navy, but writer Laurie Wyman and Alastair Scott Johnston both contemplated an Air Force and an Army themed sit-com before going to the BBC with 'The Navy Lark'. Laurie Wyman included ideas based on excuses for late return from leave and other misdemeanours from HMS Troubridge bulletins. He worked with George Evans (Pertwee's personal scriptwriter) from quite early on, but Alastair Scott Johnston did not want him named until the 12th series onwards. For most of its run, it starred Leslie Phillips, Jon Pertwee and Stephen Murray, whose names rotated in order of precedence every episode over the entire 15 season run.

Plot[edit]

Episodes were self-contained, although there was continuity within the series, and sometimes a reference to a previous episode might be made. A normal episode consisted of Sub Lt Phillips, scheming Chief Petty Officer Pertwee, and bemused Lt. Murray trying to get out of trouble they created for themselves without their direct superior, Commander (later Captain) "Thunderguts" Povey finding out. Scenes frequently featured a string of eccentric characters, often played by Ronnie Barker or Jon Pertwee.

Republic of Potarneyland[edit]

The Republic of Potarneyland, a country situated somewhere on the Indian subcontinent, is featured in several episodes. Over the course of the series, it is revealed that Potarneyland had recently been granted independence from Great Britain, and had joined NATO because the Potanis considered it to be a "free gift scheme". During Series 3 of The Navy Lark, a Potarneyland frigate, the Poppadom, appears in several episodes manned by various Potani officers voiced by Michael Bates and Ronnie Barker.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

A Radio Times newspaper extract from 1960, showing the cast of the show and promoting the shows return.

The series used accents and characterised voices to supplement the humour, as well as a good deal of innuendo.

The show's theme tune was 'Trade Wind Hornpipe' written and performed by Tommy Reilly on a Barry Music compilation of short interlude pieces published in 1958 on BMC118.

The programme was strong on creating identifiable characters, the listener was able to clearly differentiate each person Laurie Wyman created; many of whom acquired enduring catchphrases, most notably from Sub Lieutenant Phillips: "Corrrrr", "Ooh, nasty...", "Oh lumme!", and "Left hand down a bit". "Ev'rybody down!" was a phrase of CPO Pertwee's, necessitated by a string of incomprehensible navigation orders by Phillips, and followed by a sound effect of the ship crashing. Also, whenever Pertwee had a menial job to be done, Able Seaman Johnson was always first in line to do it, inevitably against his will: "You're rotten, you are!". The telephone response from Naval Intelligence (Ronnie Barker), was always an extremely gormless and dimwitted delivery of "'Ello, Intelligence 'ere" or "This is intelligence speakin'".

Other recurring verbal features were the invented words "humgrummit" and "floggle-toggle" which served to cover all manner of unspecified objects ranging from foodstuffs to naval equipment.

Reception[edit]

The programme made household names of Leslie Phillips, Jon Pertwee and Richard Caldicot. Ronnie Barker's versatile contributions were recognised and Laurie Wyman (later known as Lawrie Wyman) was asked by the producer to write more parts for Barker.

Dennis Price returned for a guest appearance in the fourth series episode A Hole Lieutenant. Other 'guest stars' included Joan Sims, Norma Ronald and June Whitfield.

Sequels and adaptations[edit]

There were several radio sequels, including The Embassy Lark and The Big Business Lark. The TV Lark was intended to be a replacement for The Navy Lark starting with what would have been the programme's fifth series. This situation came about due to the head of light entertainment believing that "forces"-based humour had become dated and television was the next "big thing", so Lawrie Wyman was ordered to create a show with the same cast in an independent TV station situation. Alastair Scott Johnston and Wyman tried to stop this but were overruled: hence, the arrival of The TV Lark.

The entire crew had been drummed out of the service and hired by Troutbridge TV Ltd. Janet Brown joined the cast due to the absence of Heather Chasen for this series. However, mainly due to public pressure, the production team of Alastair Scott Johnston and Laurie Wyman managed to revert the show to nautical capers. Storylines in The TV Lark nudged back to naval origins across the ten shows until they were finally reunited with Troutbridge.

In 1959 a film version was made, written by Laurie Wyman and Sid Colin and directed by Gordon Parry. It starred Cecil Parker, Ronald Shiner, Elvi Hale, Leslie Phillips and Nicholas Phipps.

Wyman co-wrote with three other writers a television sitcom HMS Paradise (Associated-Rediffusion, 1964–5) set in a naval shore establishment in which Caldicot played Captain Turvey, but only one series was made. The entire programme was deleted.

The show was condensed from 30 to 27 minutes by Transcription services, then the discs were exported around the world except for South Africa. As Springbok Radio was a commercial station, the BBC refused to allow the station to re-broadcast the British shows: the station acquired the scripts from Laurie and edited them to around twenty-five minutes each, to accommodate the commercial breaks. The revised show was recorded by them in front of a live audience. All the UK associations were kept for the Durban audiences which must have been incomprehensible on occasions. Excerpts of these broadcasts can be heard on the Springbok celebration site and occasionally Pumamouse.

Episode guide[edit]

1st Series Spring 1959 [5]

  1.   1- 1   29 Mar 1959   The Missing Jeep      
  2.   1- 2   5  Apr 1959   Operation Fag End (pilot episode)
  3.   1- 3   12 Apr 1959   Number One's Chair
  4.   1- 4   19 Apr 1959   The Fairground Lights
  5.   1- 5   26 Apr 1959   The Comfort Fund     
  6.   1– 6   3  May 1959   Stuck up the Inlet
  7.   1– 7   10 May 1959   The Admiral's Party 
  8.   1– 8   17 May 1959   The Hank of Heather
  9.   1– 9   24 May 1959   The Multiple Mine 
 10.   1–10   31 May 1959   The Gun Mechanism Test
 11.   1-11   7  Jun 1959   The Whittlesea Bay Yacht Regatta
 12.   1-12   14 Jun 1959   The Psychology Test
 13.   1-13   21 Jun 1959   A Watch on the Initiative
 14.   1-14   28 Jun 1959   An Exercise in Filming    
 15.   1-15   5  Jul 1959   The Smuggling Spy
 16.   1-16   12 Jul 1959   The Whittlesea Carnival and Fête

2nd Series Autumn 1959 [6][7]

 17.   2- 1   16 Oct 1959   New at the Helm  
 18.   2- 2   23 Oct 1959   Fatso's Box Brownie           
 19.   2- 3   30 Oct 1959   Bring Back the Barge
 20.   2- 4   6  Nov 1959   The Mock Action 
 21.   2- 5   13 Nov 1959   Going Dutch   
 22.   2- 6   20 Nov 1959   The Figurehead
 23.   2- 7   Nov 27 1959   Gunboat to Gumba.
        The script is included on "The Navy Lark Series Two Volume 1". Episode on 'The Navy Lark: The Collection: Series 12
 24.   2- 8   4  Dec 1959   Johnson Finds Treasure
 25.   2- 9   11 Dec 1959   The Charter Trip to Antarctica
 26.   2-10   18 Dec 1959   Cementing Relations
 27.   2-11   25 Dec 1959   Strike up the Band 
 28.   2-12    1 Jan 1960   The Route March. 
        The script is included in "The Navy Lark Series Two Volume 1."  Episode on 'The Navy Lark:The Collection: Series 7
 29.   2-13   8  Jan 1960   A Trip up the Thames
 30.   2-14   15 Jan 1960   Radar Talk Down System  
         "Episode on 'Navy Lark Collection: Series 12"
 31.   2-15   22 Jan 1960   A Crisp Romance       
 32.   2-16   29 Jan 1960   The Lighthouse Lark           
 33.   2-17   5  Feb 1960   Pertwee Posted to Portsmouth
 34.   2-18   12 Feb 1960   Johnson's Diet 
 35.   2-19   19 Feb 1960   Tug of War      
 36.   2-20   26 Feb 1960   Return to Portarneyland. 
        This is still missing in 2015, but the script is included on "The Navy Lark Series Two Volume 2".
 37.   2-21   4  Mar 1960   The Cross Country Run
 38.   2-22   11 Mar 1960   The Morning After
 39.   2-23   18 Mar 1960   The Admiral's Present     
 40.   2-24   25 Mar 1960   Secret Mission to Calais
 41.   2-25   1  Apr 1960   Mr Murray Goes Sick     
 42.   2-26   8  Apr 1960   The Portarneyland Fishing Limit

3rd Series 1960 [8]

 43.   3- 1   2  Nov 1960   In Portsmouth for a Re-Fit
 xx.   Sp-01  5 Nov  1960   Wrens' Reunion at the Royal Festival Hall. Not broadcast.
                            The team took part in a special appearance on stage at 
                            the Royal Festival Hall in the presence of The Queen 
                            and The Queen Mother in celebration of the WRNS 21st 
                            anniversary. The 20 minute performance was not broadcast,
                            but a recording survives.
 44.   3- 3   9  Nov 1960   Refitting Ebeneezer Pertwee's Tug
 45.   3- 4   16 Nov 1960   Sea Trials of the Poppadom
 46.   3- 5   23 Nov 1960   Mutiny Aboard Troutbridge
 47.   3- 6   30 Nov 1960   The Explosive Biscuits
 48.   3- 7   7  Dec 1960   Sir Willoughby Takes Over the Island
 49.   3- 8   14 Dec 1960   Mount Rumpus Atoll
 50.   3- 9   21 Dec 1960   Mr Murray's Houseboat - the 50th show
 51.   3-10   28 Dec 1960   Johnson's Birthday 
 52.   3-11   4  Jan 1961   Povey's Unexpected Leave
 53.   3-12   11 Jan 1961   Families' Day
 54.   3-13   18 Jan 1961   Falmouth Ghost Ship      
 55.   3-14   25 Jan 1961   Onabushkan Flu
 56.   3-15   1  Feb 1961   The Efficiency Expert
 57.   3-16   8  Feb 1961   The Floggle Grummit Missile
 58.   3-17   15 Feb 1961   The Hitch Hiking Counterfeiter
 59.   3-18   22 Feb 1961   Commodore Goldstein
 60.   3-19   1  Mar 1961   Mr Phillips Has Navigation Tuition
 61.   3-20   8  Mar 1961   CPO Pertwee and the Laundry
 62.   3-21   15 Mar 1961   The Surprise Wedding. 
       It is included in Navy Lark Collection: Series 6 Part 2

4th Series 1961 [9][10]

 63.   4- 1   15 Sep 1961   Returning from Leave        
 64.   4- 2   22 Sep 1961   Captain Povey's Spy      
 65.   4- 3   29 Sep 1961   The Secret of Nessie's Youth.
 66.   4- 4   6  Oct 1961   The Northampton Hunt Ball
 67.   4- 5   13 Oct 1961   Hijacked
 68.   4- 6   20 Oct 1961   Admiral Troutbridge
 69.   4- 7   27 Oct 1961   Relatives and Reservations
 70.   4- 8   3  Nov 1961   Humgrummits on the High Seas
 71.   4- 9   10 Nov 1961   Are Captain and Mrs Povey Married?
 72.   4-10   17 Nov 1961   Cine Cameras at Sea
 73.   4-11   24 Nov 1961   The Citizen Adjustment Course
 74.   4-12   1  Dec 1961   A Hole Lieutenant
 75.   4-13   8  Dec 1961   Spy Catching in Casablanca
 76.   4-14   15 Dec 1961   Mount Pot Erupts
 77.   4-15   22 Dec 1961   Captain Povey's Shop
 78.   4-16   29 Dec 1961   Leading Seaman Goldstein's Party
 79.   4-17   5  Jan 1962   The Invitation
 80.   4-18   12 Jan 1962   The Cornish Exercise. 
                       Still missing in 2015.
 81.   4-19   19 Jan 1962   A Strange Hobby
 82.   4-20   26 Jan 1962   Mr Phillips Get Engaged
 83.   4-21   2  Feb 1962   The Sinking of the Bubble Car
 84.   4-22   9  Feb 1962   Long John Pertwee
 85.   4-23   16 Feb 1962   The Admiral's Accident Report
 86.   4-24   23 Feb 1962   Over the Sea to Rosyth
 87.   4-25   2  Mar 1962   The Return of Sir Frederick Flatley
 88.   4-26   9  Mar 1962   The Ship's Concert

Christmas Special 1962

 xx.   Sp-02  Xmas   1962   Calling The Antarctic. Christmas Special 1962. 
                            Not broadcast in the UK. Released on The Navy Lark: 
                            The Collection: Series 4, Vol 2.

The TV Lark 1963 [11]

 T01.         25 Jan 1963   Opening Night
 T02.         1  Feb 1963   The Prestige Show  
 T03.         8  Feb 1963   Z Ambulances
 T04.         15 Feb 1963   House of Commons
 T05.         22 Feb 1963   Back to Portsmouth
 T06.         1  Mar 1963   On Safari
 T07.         8  Mar 1963   Ship Ahoy!
 T08.         15 Mar 1963   The Portarneyland Election
 T09.         22 Mar 1963   The Top Secret Rocket Trials   
                       This is still missing in 2015.
 T10.         29 Mar 1963   Back in the Navy

5th Series spring 1963

 89.   5- 1   5  Apr 1963   First Day out of Dock
 90.   5- 2   12 Apr 1963   The New Barmaid (100th edition)
 91.   5- 3   19 Apr 1963   A Deliberate Bashing
 92.   5- 4   26 Apr 1963   Whittlesea Regatta
 93.   5– 5   3  May 1963   HMS Troutbridge Gets a Rocket
 94.   5– 6   10 May 1963   The Ghost Ship

6th Series autumn 1963 [12][13]

 95.   6- 1   27 Sep 1963   Wren Chasen Returns
 96.   6- 2   4  Oct 1963   On the Carpet
 97.   6- 3   11 Oct 1963   The Bungalese Spies
 98.   6- 4   18 Oct 1963   Troutbridge's Party
 99.   6- 5   25 Oct 1963   Rescuing Admirals
100.   6- 6   1  Nov 1963   Demise of the Depth Charges
101.   6- 7   8  Nov 1963   The Struggle for Promotion
102.   6- 8   15 Nov 1963   Navigation by Computer
103.   6- 9   22 Nov 1963   Stormy Weather
104.   6-10   29 Nov 1963   Chasing the Kepeac
105.   6-11   6  Dec 1963   The Submerged Island
106.   6-12   13 Dec 1963   The Sicilian Secret Agent
107.   6-13   20 Dec 1963   German's Troutbridge
108.   6-14   27 Dec 1963   Confirming Povey's Rank
109.   6-15   3  Jan 1964   The Calais Dock Strike
110.   6-16   10 Jan 1964   Johnson's Memoirs
111.   6-17   17 Jan 1964   The Emperor of Tratvia
112.   6-18   24 Jan 1964   Open Day
113.   6-19   31 Jan 1964   Stuck on a Sandbank

7th Series 1965 [14]

114.   7- 1   11 Jul 1965   Taking Some Liberties
115.   7- 2   18 Jul 1965   Smugglers in the Solent
116.   7- 3   25 Jul 1965   Mr Murray is Victimised
117.   7- 4   1  Aug 1965   The Poveys Move House
118.   7- 5   8  Aug 1965   Captain Povey Reports Sick
119.   7- 6   15 Aug 1965   Admiral Pertwee's Fleet
120.   7- 7   22 Aug 1965   Let Loose with a Chopper
121.   7- 8   29 Aug 1965   Making a Right Pig's Breakfast
122.   7- 9   5  Sep 1965   The Mysterious Pudding Mine
123.   7-10   12 Sep 1965   The Hovercraft Training Course
124.   7-11   19 Sep 1965   Sabotaged Floggle-Toggle Box
125.   7-12   26 Sep 1965   The Portarneyland Training Exercise
126.   7-13   3  Oct 1965   Going on Leave to Croydon

Christmas Special 1965

xxx.   Sp-03  Xmas   1965   Hitting the Ice Floe. (Christmas Special. 
                            Not broadcast in the UK. Released on The Navy Lark:
                            The Collection: Series 7.)

8th Series 1966 [15]

127.   8- 1   4  Sep 1966   Where is Troutbridge?
128.   8- 2   11 Sep 1966   Float a Peddle Fiddle
129.   8- 3   18 Sep 1966   A Sticky Business
130.   8- 4   25 Sep 1966   Buoys Will Be Buoys
131.   8- 5   2  Oct 1966   Steamship Day
132.   8- 6   9  Oct 1966   Farewell to HMS Varsity
133.   8- 7   16 Oct 1966   The Army Lark
134.   8- 8   23 Oct 1966   Just the Ticket
135.   8- 9   30 Oct 1966   Mr Phillips Promotion
136.   8-10   6  Nov 1966   Pertwee and the Tratvian Beer
137.   8-11   13 Nov 1966   The PM Papa
138.   8-12   20 Nov 1966   Getting Rid of Pertwee
139.   8-13   27 Nov 1966   Off to Sea at Last

9th Series 1967 [16][17]

140.   9- 1   2  Jul 1967   Having Been Towing (a.k.a. Back from the Antarctic)[18]
141.   9- 2   9  Jul 1967   Fishers off the Faroes
142.   9- 3   16 Jul 1967   Cleaning Up (a.k.a. A Filthy Ferryboat)[19]
143.   9- 4   23 Jul 1967   Jigsaws and Jemmies
144.   9- 5   30 Jul 1967   The Naval Review 
145.   9- 6   6  Aug 1967   The Curious Caravan Case
146.   9- 7   13 Aug 1967   Frenchmen in J.41
147.   9- 8   20 Aug 1967   The Police Drop In
148.   9- 9   27 Aug 1967   Mr Murray's Endurance Course
149.   9-10   3  Sep 1967   Women in the Wardroom 
150.   9-11   10 Sep 1967   Troutbridge's Silver Jubilee 
151.   9-12   17 Sep 1967   CECIL the Navigation Computer
152.   9-13   24 Sep 1967   A Russian Rendezvous
153.   9-14   1  Oct 1967   The Bugged and Burgled Beer
154.   9-15   8  Oct 1967   Picking up the Poppadom
155.   9-16   15 Oct 1967   Cuthbert Joins the Navy
156.   9-17   22 Oct 1967   The Flying Machine
157.   9-18   29 Oct 1967   Sub-Lieutenant Phillips was at Dartmouth
156.   9-19   5  Nov 1967   Fishy Business 
159.   9-20   12 Nov 1967   Troutbridge in Quarantine

10th Series 1968 [20]

160.  10- 1   13 Oct 1968   Troutbridge Electrifies Portsmouth
161.  10- 2   20 Oct 1968   The Redundancy Drive
162.  10- 3   27 Oct 1968   The Smugglers Return
163.  10- 4   3  Nov 1968   Commander Trotter Takes Charge
164.  10- 5   10 Nov 1968   The Anti-Submarine Missile
165.  10- 6   17 Nov 1968   Sub-Conductor Phillips
166.  10- 7   24 Nov 1968   The South Kawowan Summit
167.  10- 8   1  Dec 1968   Pertwee's Enlistment Expires
168.  10- 9   8  Dec 1968   Capt. Povey Takes Over
169.  10-10   15 Dec 1968   Sir Willoughby Goes to Kawowa
170.  10-11   22 Dec 1968   The Padre's Birthday
171.  10-12   29 Dec 1968   The Portsmouth Kiosk
172.  10-13   5  Jan 1969   The Radio Beacon
173.  10-14   12 Jan 1969   Mr Phillip's Wrong Uniform
174.  10-15   19 Jan 1969   Harold Wilson Reviews the Fleet
175.  10-16   26 Jan 1969   The Relief of the Weather Ship
176.  10-17   2  Feb 1969   The Mickey Mouse Toothbrush
177.  10-18   9  Feb 1969   The Brick Smugglers

11th Series 1969 [21]

178.  11- 1   28 Dec 1969   Commander Murrey and The Squatters
179.  11- 2   4  Jan 1970   What is the S.S.E.?
180.  11- 3   11 Jan 1970   Pertwee Climbs Up The Promotion Ladder
181.  11- 4   18 Jan 1970   Stranded 
182.  11- 5   25 Jan 1970   Sir Willoughby's Party
183.  11- 6   1  Feb 1970   The Fleet Initiative Test
184.  11- 7   8  Feb 1970   C.P.O. Pertwee's Long Service Medal
185.  11- 8   15 Feb 1970   The Phenomenal Pertwee Tug
186.  11- 9   22 Feb 1970   The Security Clampdown
187.  11-10   1  Mar 1970   The Anniversary and the Washing
188.  11-11   8  Mar 1970   The Forbodians Hijack Troutbridge
189.  11-12   15 Mar 1970   Number One Gets Married
190.  11-13   22 Mar 1970   The Honeymooners Return
191.  11-14   29 Mar 1970   C.P.O. Pertwee and the Lead Half Crowns
192.  11-15   5  Apr 1970   Sub-Lt Phillips to Leave for Dartmouth
193.  11-16   12 Apr 1970   The Mark 31 Radar

12th Series 1971 [22]

194.  12– 1   16 May 1971   The Put-a-Horse-out-to-Graze Fund
195.  12– 2   23 May 1971   Impressions for Survival
196.  12– 3   30 May 1971   The Beard-Growing Race
197.  12- 4   6  Jun 1971   The Mysterious Radio Signals
198.  12- 5   13 Jun 1971   Operation Recovery
199.  12- 6   20 Jun 1971   The Slogan Contest
200.  12- 7   27 Jun 1971   Sir Willoughby at Shanghai
201.  12- 8   4  Jul 1971   Operation Cowes Barge
202.  12- 9   11 Jul 1971   Number One's Anniversary
203.  12-10   18 Jul 1971   The Loch Ness Monster
xxx.          25 Jul 1971   The Forbodian Attaché. No such episode. Some guides
                            erroneously list one or two other episodes at this 
                            point, but both were repeats which followed on from 
                            the new Season 12 shows. On 25.7.71, Captain Povey As 
                            Governor Of Forbodia / The Forbodian Attaché (S11E04)
                            was repeated, followed on 1.8.71 by Sir Willoughby's 
                            Party (S11E05).
                            [1]

13th Series 1972 [23]

204.  13- 1   26 Mar 1972   The TV Documentary
205.  13- 2   2  Apr 1972   The P.O.W. Escape Exercise
206.  13- 3   9  Apr 1972   Number One's Married Quarters
207.  13- 4   16 Apr 1972   The Newhaven-Dieppe Smuggling Run
208.  13- 5   23 Apr 1972   The Bumble Spit Lighthouse Affair
209.  13- 6   30 Apr 1972   The Tongipouhaha Treasure
210.  13– 7   7  May 1972   The USA Navigator Swap
211.  13– 8   14 May 1972   Son of a Sea Lord
212.  13– 9   21 May 1972   Hypnotising Ramona
213.  13–10   28 May 1972   The Master of Sardinia
214.  13-11   4  Jun 1972   Opportunity Knockers
215.  13-12   11 Jun 1972   Friday the 13th
216.  13-13   18 Jun 1972   The New NAAFI

14th Series 1973

217.  14- 1   29 Jul 1973   The Montezuela Revolution
218.  14- 2   5  Aug 1973   The Island Swordfish
219.  14- 3   12 Aug 1973   Bunged in the Brig (aka Bunged in the Rattle)
220.  14- 4   19 Aug 1973   Kidnapped Down Under
221.  14- 5   26 Aug 1973   The Digital Isles Go Unstable
222.  14- 6   2  Sep 1973   Egbert Hitches a Ride
223.  14- 7   9  Sep 1973   Povey an Admiral at Last
224.  14- 8   16 Sep 1973   The Bergan Horse Trials
225.  14- 9   23 Sep 1973   Captain Povey's Wig
226.  14-10   30 Sep 1973   Brain Pill
227.  14-11   7  Oct 1973   Operation Showcase
228.  14-12   14 Oct 1973   Living the High Life (aka CPO Pertwee Yachtmonger)
229.  14-13   21 Oct 1973   The Talpinium Shell

15th Series 1975

230.  15- 1   9  Nov 1975   Sequel to the Talpinium Shell
231.  15- 2   16 Nov 1975   NANA
232.  15- 3   23 Nov 1975   Helen, the New Wren
233.  15- 4   30 Nov 1975   Relief for Station 150
234.  15- 5   7  Dec 1975   Black is Beautiful
235.  15- 6   14 Dec 1975   Sidney and the Stamp
236.  15- 7   21 Dec 1975   Riding to Victory (aka Commander Murray Becomes a 
                           Showjumper)
237.  15- 8   28 Dec 1975   Horrible Horace
238.  15- 9   4  Jan 1976   Officer's and Gent's Lib
239.  15-10   11 Jan 1976   The Case of the HGM Mark 5
240.  15-11   18 Jan 1976   Uncle Wilberforce Pertwee

Special 1977

xxx.  Sp-04   16 Jul 1977   The BBC Are Sending The Bill To Buckingham Palace
                            (Queen's Silver Jubilee Edition)

Special 2008

xxx.  Sp-05   17 Apr 2008   Left Hand Down A Bit - With Leslie Phillips.
                            Cast member Leslie Phillips roams the high seas of 
                            comedy, with a three-hour celebration of the 
                            long-running radio favourite. Featuring: 
                              S01E02 - Operation Fag End (January 1959)
                              S01E08 - The Hank of Heather (April 1959)
                              S02E16 - The Lighthouse Lark (January 1960) 
                              S05E03 - A Deliberate Bashing (April 1963)
                              S09E18 - Mr. Phillips at Dartmouth (October 1967) 
                              Sp-04  - The Jubilee Navy Lark (July 1977)

Special 2009

xxx.  Sp-06   30 Mar 2009   The Reunion. Sue MacGregor presents the series which 
                            reunites a group of people intimately involved in a
                            moment of modern history. She brings together some of
                            the original team behind The Navy Lark, one of the most 
                            popular and longest-running radio sitcoms. Participants 
                            include June Whitfield, Leslie Phillips, George Evans, 
                            Heather Chesen and Tenniel Evans.
See also: Radio comedy

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Navy Lark - BBC Radio 4 Extra". BBC. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  2. ^ Obituary of Jon Pertwee in The Independent
  3. ^ Obituary of Ronnie Barker in The Times
  4. ^ Obituary of Tenniel Evens in The Independent
  5. ^ "Navy Lark Series 1 Booklet". Scribd. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  6. ^ "Navy Lark Series 2 Pt 1 Booklet". Scribd. Retrieved 2016-07-08. 
  7. ^ "Navy Lark Series 2 Pt 2 Booklet". Scribd. Retrieved 2016-07-08. 
  8. ^ "Navy Lark Series 3 Booklet". Scribd. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  9. ^ "Navy Lark Series 4 Pt 1 Booklet". Scribd. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  10. ^ "Navy Lark Series 4 Pt 2 Booklet". Scribd. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  11. ^ "Navy Lark Series 5 Booklet". Scribd. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  12. ^ "Navy Lark Series 6 Pt 1 Booklet". Scribd. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  13. ^ "Navy Lark Series 6 Pt 2 Booklet". Scribd. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  14. ^ "Navy Lark Series 7 Booklet". Scribd. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  15. ^ "Navy Lark Series 8 Booklet". Scribd. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  16. ^ "Navy Lark Series 9 Booklet". Scribd. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  17. ^ "The Navy Lark (a Titles and Air Dates Guide)". Retrieved 2016-09-07. 
  18. ^ "The Navy Lark, Having Been Towing". BBC Radio 4 Extra. Retrieved 2016-09-07. 
  19. ^ "The Navy Lark, Cleaning Up". BBC Radio 4 Extra. Retrieved 2016-09-07. 
  20. ^ "Navy Lark Series 10 Booklet". Scribd. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  21. ^ "Navy Lark Series 11 Booklet". Scribd. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  22. ^ "Navy Lark Series 12 Booklet". Scribd. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  23. ^ "Navy Lark Series 13". Scribd. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 

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