The Navy Lark

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The Navy Lark
GenreComedy
Running time30 minutes
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Home stationBBC Light Programme
StarringLeslie Phillips
Jon Pertwee
Judy Cornwell
Heather Chasen
Ronnie Barker
Dennis Price
Stephen Murray
Richard Caldicot
Michael Bates
Tenniel Evans
Original release1959 – 1977
No. of episodes244 (includes 2 Christmas "Specials" to HMS Troutbridge / Arctic Survey teams 1962 & 1965)

The Navy Lark[1] is a radio sitcom 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.[2] 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.

Episodes of The Navy Lark series are still replayed in rotation on BBC Radio 4 Extra, and made available for delayed listening through their iPlayer service.[3]

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. Over the course of the programme Lt Murray marries Admiral Ffont-Bittocks daughter Rita.

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 magazine extract from 1960, showing the cast of the show and promoting the show's 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. Unspecified illnesses include "the twingeing screws", a illness to which Pertwee was a martyr, especially when hearing about being under sailing orders.

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 April Walker, Norma Ronald and June Whitfield.

Spin-offs and adaptations[edit]

There were several radio spin-offs, 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 stars Cecil Parker, Ronald Shiner, Elvi Hale, Leslie Phillips and Nicholas Phipps. According to Jon Pertwee's co-written memoir, published shortly after his death in 1996, the film was also supposed to star Pertwee and Dennis Price. However, according to Pertwee the film's producer Herbert Wilcox refused to employ Price "because he was gay." Pertwee was among those who objected to Price not being in the film and believed that this contributed to his own replacement in the cast by Shiner. Pertwee noted that the film "bombed" and said audiences did not consider the film to be The Navy Lark due to the absence of himself, Price and Stephen Murray.[7]

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 series is considered lost.

The show was condensed from 30 to 27 minutes by Transcription services, then the discs were exported around the world except for South Africa. Springbok Radio broadcast to English speaking listeners from their Durban studios, but because it was a commercial station, the BBC refused to allow the station to re-broadcast the recorded shows. However, 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 local actors in front of a live audience. All the UK associations were kept for the South African audiences which must have been incomprehensible on occasions. The Pumamouse site once offered a chance to hear these shows but the site has undergone changes due to costs which now means the largest collection of these shows exist only at The Navy Lark Appreciation Society archive.

Episode guide[edit]

[8]

1st Series Spring 1959[9]
No. First broadcast Title
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 Test"
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[10][11]
No. First broadcast Title
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"[note 1]
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"[note 2]
29. 2-13 8 Jan 1960 "A Trip up the Thames"
30. 2-14 15 Jan 1960 "Radar Talk Down System"[note 3]
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" [note 4]
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[13]
No. First broadcast Title
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)[note 5]
44. 3-2 9 Nov 1960 Refitting Ebeneezer Pertwee's Tug
45. 3-3 16 Nov 1960 Sea Trials of the Poppadom
46. 3-4 23 Nov 1960 Mutiny Aboard Troutbridge
47. 3-5 30 Nov 1960 The Explosive Biscuits
48. 3-6 7 Dec 1960 Sir Willoughby Takes Over the Island
49. 3-7 14 Dec 1960 Mount Rumpus Atoll
50. 3-8 21 Dec 1960 Mr Murray's Houseboat - the 50th show
51. 3-9 28 Dec 1960 Johnson's Birthday
52. 3-10 4 Jan 1961 Povey's Unexpected Leave
53. 3-11 11 Jan 1961 Families' Day
54. 3-12 18 Jan 1961 Falmouth Ghost Ship
55. 3-13 25 Jan 1961 Onabushkan Flu
56. 3-14 1 Feb 1961 The Efficiency Expert
57. 3-15 8 Feb 1961 The Floggle Grummit Missile
58. 3-16 15 Feb 1961 The Hitch Hiking Counterfeiter
59. 3-17 22 Feb 1961 Commodore Goldstein
60. 3-18 1 Mar 1961 Mr Phillips Has Navigation Tuition
61. 3-19 8 Mar 1961 CPO Pertwee and the Laundry
62. 3-20 15 Mar 1961 The Surprise Wedding.[note 6]
4th Series 1961 [14][15]
No. First broadcast Title
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 (Missing as of 2019: Now the only missing episode[16])
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
No. First broadcast Title
xx. Sp-02 Xmas 1962 Calling The Antarctic. Christmas Special 1962.[note 7]
The TV Lark 1963 [17]
No. First broadcast Title
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 (Missing as of 2019)
T10. 29 Mar 1963 Back in the Navy
5th Series spring 1963
No. First broadcast Title
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 [18][19]
No. First broadcast Title
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 [20]
No. First broadcast Title
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
No. First broadcast Title
xxx. Sp-03 Xmas 1965 Hitting the Ice Floe.[note 8]
8th Series 1966[21]
No. First broadcast Title
127. 8-1 4 Sep 1966 Where is Troutbridge? [note 9]
128. 8-2 11 Sep 1966 Float a Peddle Fiddle [note 10]
129. 8-3 18 Sep 1966 A Sticky Business [note 11]
130. 8-4 25 Sep 1966 Buoys Will Be Buoys [note 12]
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[26]
No. First broadcast Title
140. 9-1 2 Jul 1967 Having Been Towing (a.k.a. Back from the Antarctic)[27]
141. 9-2 9 Jul 1967 Fishers off the Faroes
142. 9-3 16 Jul 1967 Cleaning Up (a.k.a. A Filthy Ferryboat)[28]
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 [29]
No. First broadcast Title
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[30]
No. First broadcast Title
178. 11-1 28 Dec 1969 Commander Murray 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[31]
No. First broadcast Title
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
13th Series 1972 [32]
No. First broadcast Title
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
18 Jun 1972 The New NAAFI
14th Series 1973 [33]
No. First broadcast Title
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 Rattle
220. 14-4 19 Aug 1973 Kangaroo Polka
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 CPO Pertwee Yachtmonger
229. 14-13 21 Oct 1973 The Talpinium Shell
15th Series 1975
No. First broadcast Title
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
No. First broadcast Title
xxx. Sp-04 16 Jul 1977 The BBC Are Sending The Bill To Buckingham Palace (Queen's Silver Jubilee Edition)
Special 2006

13 May 2006 Left Hand Down a Bit - With Leslie Phillips. BBC Radio 7 broadcast of selection of episodes over 3 hours presented by Leslie Phillips. Featured:[34]

  • Operation Fag End (January 1959)
  • The Hank of Heather (April 1959)
  • The Lighthouse Lark (January 1960)
  • A Deliberate Bashing (April 1963)
  • Mr. Phillips at Dartmouth (October 1967)
  • The Jubilee Navy Lark (July 1977)
The Reunion

31 August 2008, BBC Radio 4 programme 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. Participants included June Whitfield, Leslie Phillips, George Evans, Heather Chasen and Tenniel Evans.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Episode on The Navy Lark: The Collection: Series 12.
  2. ^ Episode on The Navy Lark:The Collection: Series 7.
  3. ^ Episode on The Navy Lark: The Collection: Series 12.
  4. ^ Episode available as part of The Navy Lark 60th Anniversary release from Audible: but only as a bonus download, offered with the download-only version (not included on the CD-version).[12]
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Included in Navy Lark Collection: Series 6 Part 2
  7. ^ Not broadcast in the UK. Released on The Navy Lark: The Collection: Series 4, Vol 2.
  8. ^ Not broadcast in the UK. Released on The Navy Lark: The Collection: Series 7
  9. ^ "Searching for their ship" [22])
  10. ^ "Float-a-Peddling Their Way Through" [23]
  11. ^ "Gumming Up The Works" [24]
  12. ^ "Buoying Up" [25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Navy Lark - BBC Radio 4 Extra". BBC. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  2. ^ "An Exercise in Filming, Series 1, The Navy Lark - BBC Radio 4 Extra". BBC.
  3. ^ "The Smuggling Spy, Series 1, The Navy Lark - BBC Radio 4 Extra". BBC.
  4. ^ "Obituary of Jon Pertwee in The Independent". Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  5. ^ Obituary of Ronnie Barker in The Times
  6. ^ "Tenniel Evans: Taffy Goldstein in 'The Navy Lark'". The Independent. 17 June 2009. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  7. ^ Pertwee, Jon; Howe, David J. (1996). I am the Doctor:Jon Pertwee's Final Memoir. London: Doctor Who Books, Virgin Publishing Ltd. p. 20. ISBN 1-85227-621-5.
  8. ^ "The Navy Lark (a Titles and Air Dates Guide)". Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  9. ^ "Navy Lark Series 1 Booklet". Scribd. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Navy Lark Series 2 Pt 1 Booklet". Scribd. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  11. ^ "Navy Lark Series 2 Pt 2 Booklet". Scribd. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  12. ^ Byers, Stephen (3 February 2019). "The Navy Lark 60th Anniversary release". www.missing-episodes.com. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  13. ^ "Navy Lark Series 3 Booklet". Scribd. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  14. ^ "Navy Lark Series 4 Pt 1 Booklet". Scribd. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  15. ^ "Navy Lark Series 4 Pt 2 Booklet". Scribd. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  16. ^ Gunboat to Goomba and The Radar Talk-down System were included as extras in the Series 12 boxset; The Route March was included as an extra in the Series 7 boxset; and Return To Portarneyland was included as an extra in the download-only version of the 60th Anniversary boxset. The Forbodian Attaché was never missing: there is no s12e11, this was a misunderstanding (the week after s12e10 aired, an episode from the previous series - s11e04, Capt.Povey in Forbodia - was repeated).
  17. ^ "Navy Lark Series 5 Booklet". Scribd. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  18. ^ "Navy Lark Series 6 Pt 1 Booklet". Scribd. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  19. ^ "Navy Lark Series 6 Pt 2 Booklet". Scribd. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  20. ^ "Navy Lark Series 7 Booklet". Scribd. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  21. ^ "Navy Lark Series 8 Booklet". Scribd. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  22. ^ "BBC Radio 4 Extra - The Navy Lark, Series 8, Searching for Their Ship". BBC. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  23. ^ "BBC Radio 4 Extra - The Navy Lark, Series 8, Float-a-Peddling Their Way Through". BBC. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  24. ^ "BBC Radio 4 Extra - The Navy Lark, Series 8, Gumming Up The Works". BBC. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  25. ^ "BBC Radio 4 Extra - The Navy Lark, Series 8, Buoying Up". BBC. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  26. ^ "Navy Lark Series 9 Booklet". Scribd. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  27. ^ "The Navy Lark, Having Been Towing". BBC Radio 4 Extra. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  28. ^ "The Navy Lark, Cleaning Up". BBC Radio 4 Extra. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  29. ^ "Navy Lark Series 10 Booklet". Scribd. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  30. ^ "Navy Lark Series 11 Booklet". Scribd. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  31. ^ "Navy Lark Series 12 Booklet". Scribd. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  32. ^ "Navy Lark Series 13". Scribd. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  33. ^ "The Navy Lark Series 14 Booklet". Scribd. BBC. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  34. ^ "The Navy Lark: Left Hand Down A Bit! - BBC Radio 4 Extra". BBC.

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