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The Navy Lark: Volume 32

Lawrie Wyman (and others)

Jon Pertwee, Leslie Phillips and Stephen Murray star in four more episodes of the popular nautical comedy

Frenchmen in J.41 (‘Having a Bit of Trouble with the French’) 13 August 1967
Troutbridge returns from trials to find a French frigate docked in their berth – to Pertwee's great concern...

The Police Drop In (‘Tangling with the Law’) 20 August 1967
Povey is told to co-operate with the law over a theft from a local museum – but the Troutbridge crew get nervous when a police helicopter drops in.

The Bumble Spit Lighthouse Affair (‘Cavorting About’) 23 April 1972
Troutbridge has an unfortunate collision with the Bumble Spit Light Vessel, and Murray is feeling tetchy because Rita is away.

The Tonipouhaha Treasure (‘Digging Themselves Stupid’) 30 April 1972
An MOD decision that Troutbridge should ‘show the flag’ in the South Seas leads the Master to head to Tonipouhaha in search of buried treasure…

These classic BBC radio episodes also feature Ronnie Barker, Richard Caldicot, Heather Chasen, Tenniel Evans, Michael Bates and Elizabeth Morgan.

Duration: 2 hours approx.

The Navy Lark: Series 15

Lawrie Wyman (and others)

Jon Pertwee, Leslie Phillips and Stephen Murray star in the complete Series 15 of the fondly remembered nautical radio sitcom. All eleven episodes of this, the final full series from 1976, are included, alongside the 1977 Jubilee special and other bonus items. Duration: 7 hours approx.

The Navy Lark Volume 31: Horrible Horace

Lawrie Wyman (and others)

Four episodes of the classic BBC radio comedy series, starring Jon Pertwee, Leslie Phillips and Stephen Murray.

The Morning After (‘Working Their Passage’) 11 March 1960 After a particularly boisterous party, the crew are feeling poorly – and matters are not helped when Commander Povey orders them onto choppy waters in search of a buoy…

The Admiral’s Present (‘Working Their Passage’) 18 March 1960 The officers are invited to a party to celebrate the Admiral’s 50th anniversary in the Senior Service – but a mix-up with his present is just the start of their misadventures…

Horrible Horace (‘Confounding the Ungodly’) 28 December 1975 When Sea Cadet Horace Wellington-Gore is assigned to Troutbridge to finish his training, Pertwee soon realises that disasters follow in Horace’s wake. But Pertwee will regret getting on the wrong side of the slippery sea cadet.

Officers and Gents’ Lib (‘Burning their Bras’) 4 January 1976 The Troutbridge men are feeling cheesed off with the female gender, and decide to form the Troutbridge Officers’ and Gentlemen’s Liberation Movement – but their declaration of male supremacy does not last long.

These hilarious BBC radio episodes also feature Ronnie Barker, Richard Caldicot, Heather Chasen, Tenniel Evans, Michael Bates and April Walker.Duration: 2 hours approx.

The Navy Lark

Lawrie Wyman (and others)

All thirteen episodes from Series 14 of the classic BBC radio nautical comedy – plus a bonus show, Jon Pertwee's Sketchbook.

This much-loved classic comedy series stars Jon Pertwee, Leslie Phillips and Stephen Murray in 13 episodes of mirth and mayhem, first broadcast in 1973. This CD set includes the episodes The Montezula Revolution, The Island Swordfish, Bunged in the Rattle, Kangaroo Polka, The Digital Isles Go Unstable, Egbert Hitches a Ride, Povey – An Admiral at Last, The Bergholm Horse Trials, Captain Povey's Wig, The Brain Pill, Operation Showcase, CPO Pertwee – Yachtmonger and The Talpinium Shell. In addition, there's a bonus programme, Jon Pertwee's Sketchbook, featuring favourite comedy clips chosen by Jon Pertwee.

Also included is a PDF booklet containing a detailed history of the development of this series of The Navy Lark, cast biographies, and a series episode guide.

Featuring Richard Caldicot, Heather Chasen, Tenniel Evans and Michael Bates, it's all aboard for more entertaining escapades with the Troutbridge crew.Duration: 7 hours approx.

The Navy Lark: Collected Series 13

Lawrie Wyman (and others)

13 episodes of this much-loved BBC radio classic comedy starring Stephen Murray, Leslie Phillips and Jon Pertwee. Also included is a PDF booklet containing a detailed history of the development of this series of The Navy Lark, cast biographies, and a series episode guide. With a starring cast of Stephen Murray, Leslie Phillips and Jon Pertwee, ably supported by Richard Caldicot, Heather Chasen, Tenniel Evans and Michael Bates, The Navy Lark remains buoyant after all these years. Duration: 7 hours

The Navy Lark: Volume 30 - A Sticky Business

Lawrie Wyman (and others)

Jon Pertwee, Leslie Phillips and Stephen Murray star in four episodes of the classic BBC radio comedy series.

'The Hovercraft Training Course' (12 September 1965): Pertwee and Phillips are sent on a course run by Commander Ward to learn to drive a hovercraft. However, they end up more than a little off course...

'A Sticky Business' (18 September 1966): When Troutbridge is instructed to rendezvous with the tanker Admiral Drake on a refuelling exercise, things do not quite go as planned.

'Operation Showcase' (7 October 1973): Left out of a special operation designed to show off the British Navy, the crew of HMS Troutbridge are determined to be involved. Naturally, their attempts to take part cause chaos.

'Relief for Station 150' (30 November 1975): Troutbridge is sent on a special mission to the Arctic to exchange Commander Wetherby for Lt. Thompson, who has vital information on the Russian ‘fishing fleet’. Will they get their man?

These hilarious BBC radio episodes also feature Ronnie Barker, Richard Caldicot, Heather Chasen, Tenniel Evans and Michael Bates. Duration: 2 hours approx.

The Navy Lark: Collected Series 11

Lawrie Wyman (and others)

All 16 episodes from the eleventh series of the hugely popular, long-running BBC radio comedy starring Stephen Murray, Leslie Phillips and Jon Pertwee

This box set comprises the episodes Commander Murray and the Squatters; What is the SSE?; Pertwee Climbs Up the Promotion Ladder; Stranded; Sir Willoughby's Party; The Fleet Initiative Test; CPO Pertwee's Long Service Medal; The Phenomenal Pertwee Tug; The Security Clampdown; The Anniversary and the Washing; The Forbodians Hijack Troutbridge; Number One Gets Married; The Honeymooners Return; CPO Pertwee and the Lead Half Crowns; Sub-Lt Phillips to Leave for Dartmouth and The Mark 31 Radar. Bonus items include Alastair Scott Johnston's introductions and sign-offs to two of the double recording sessions, plus outtakes from several shows.

A PDF booklet is also included, featuring a detailed history of the development of this series of The Navy Lark, cast biographies,an episode guide and a special episode guide for The Big Business Lark (episodes not included).

Stephen Murray, Leslie Phillips and Jon Pertwee star, with Richard Caldicot, Heather Chasen, Tenniel Evans and Michael Bates, in these classic episodes of hilarity on the high seas.

The Navy Lark: Collected Series 10

Lawrie Wyman (and others)

18 episodes from the tenth series of this much-loved BBC radio classic comedy starring Stephen Murray, Leslie Phillips and Jon Pertwee.

With a starring cast of Stephen Murray, Leslie Phillips and Jon Pertwee, ably supported by Richard Caldicot, Heather Chasen, Tenniel Evans and Michael Bates, The Navy Lark remains buoyant after all these years.

The Navy Lark Volume 29: Helen, the New Wren

Lawrie Wyman (and others)

Stephen Murray, Leslie Phillips, Jon Pertwee and Tenniel Evans star in four episodes of the classic BBC radio sitcom.

Helen, the New Wren (23 Nov 1975)
Black is Beautiful (7 Dec 1975)
Sidney and the Stamp (14 Dec 1975)
Commander Murray Becomes a Showjumper (7 Dec 1975)

The crew of HMS Troutbridge return in these four classic episodes of the long-running comedy series. Two new WRENs arrives on the scene, and Mr Murray becomes green-eyed at an apparent love rival. The First Sea Lord appeals for anyone to locate his missing son, and CPO Pertwee tries to capitalise on a resemblance to Mr Phillips. Later Mr Phillips becomes one half of a vent act, and Mr Murray competes to be Naval Horseman of the Year. As ever, nothing goes quite according to plan…

The Navy Lark Collection: Series 9

Lawrie Wyman (and others)

All 20 episodes from the ninth series of this much-loved BBC radio classic comedy starring Stephen Murray, Leslie Phillips and Jon Pertwee.

This CD set contains the episodes Back from the Antarctic, Fishing off the Faroes, A Filthy Ferryboat, Jigsaws and Jemmies, The Naval Review, The Curious Caravan Case, Frenchmen in J.41, The Police Drop In, Mr Murray’s Endurance Course, Women in the Wardroom, Troutbridge’s Silver Jubilee Party, CECIL The Navigation Computer, A Russian Rendezvous, The Bugged and Burgled Beer, Picking up the Poppadom, Cuthbert Joins the Navy, The Flying Machine, When Sub Lt Phillips Was at Dartmouth, A Fishy Business and Troutbridge in Quarantine.

With a starring cast of Stephen Murray, Leslie Phillips and Jon Pertwee, ably supported by Richard Caldicot, Heather Chasen, Ronnie Barker, Tenniel Evans and Michael Bates, The Navy Lark remains buoyant after all these years.

The Navy Lark Volume 28: Troutbridge's Party

Lawrie Wyman (and others)

Jon Pertwee, Leslie Phillips, Stephen Murray and Ronnie Barker star in four more hilarious radio episodes. 'Troutbridge's Party'/''Finding Their Way Through' (18 October 1963): A peeved Pertwee is barred from a wardroom celebration for Admiral Sir Benjamin Troutbridge. 'Rescuing Admirals'/ 'Working Their Passage' (25 October 1963): The crew need to rescue two of the top brass from a lighthouse, Pertwee meets his uncle and an old face sails back. 'Captain Povey Reports Sick'/'Doing a Mischief' (8 August 1965): When the Captain catches a cold, Murray takes over and chaos ensues. Then Troutbridge is sent out to sea to look for a stranded boat - which, thanks to Mr Phillips, they can't find. 'The Relief of the Weather Ship'/'Weathering' (26 January 1959): Troutbridge needs to take a professor out to their weather ship urgently. However, the Professor turns out to be a rather attractive woman who catches the eye of the crew... With Richard Caldicot, Heather Chasen, Tenniel Evans and Michael Bates.

2 CDs. 1 hr 52 mins.

The Navy Lark Volume 27: Have Been Masquerading

Lawrie Wyman (and others)

Jon Pertwee, Leslie Phillips, Stephen Murray and Ronnie Barker star in four more classic radio episodes. 'Wren Chasen Returns'/'Working Their Passage' (27 September 1963): The crew return from leave to a shock - Troutbridge is to be mothballed in Plymouth. Meanwhile, Sub. Lt. Phillips is horrified to find that Wren Chasen is back after 11 months in Scotland, during which time he never wrote to her. 'On the Carpet'/'Working Their Passage' (4 October 1963: CPO Pertwee has stolen a carpet from Mr. Murray's cabin - but Murray has other things on his mind, as he is planning a romantic cinema trip with Heather. 'The Povey's Move House'/'Doing a Mischief' (1 August 1965): The Poveys are moving house - but Captain Povey has lost the money that his wife gave him to pay for the removal men, so he has to turn to Pertwee for help... 'Mr Philips' Wrong Uniform'/'Have Been Masquerading' (12 January 1969): After taking an unexpected dip, Mr Phillips' uniform is soaked - then a spell in the boiler room causes it to shrink! Tiddy picks up a spare from the dry cleaners, but there's a problem - the uniform he collects belongs to Captain Willis... Featuring Richard Caldicot, Heather Chasen, Tenniel Evans and Michael Bates.

2 CDs. 1 hr 53 mins.

The Navy Lark Collection: Series 8

Lawrie Wyman (and others)

All aboard HMS Troutbridge for Series Eight of The Navy Lark! This classic BBC radio comedy, written by Laurie Wyman (with George Evans from the twelfth series onwards) starred Jon Pertwee, Leslie Phillips, Stephen Murray, Ronnie Barker and Tenniel Evans. This box set contains the episodes: ‘Where Is Troutbridge?’; ‘The Float a Peddle Fiddle?’; ‘A Sticky Business’; ‘Buoys Will Be Buoys’; ‘Steamship Day’; ‘Farewell to HMS Varsity’; ‘The Army Lark’; ‘Just the Ticket’; ‘Mr Phillips’ Promotion’; ‘Pertwee and the Tratvian Beer’; ‘The PM Papa’; ‘Getting Rid of Pertwee’ and ‘Off to Sea at Last’. Also included in this collection is a 26-page PDF booklet containing a detailed history of the development of this series of The Navy Lark, cast biographies and an episode guide. Bonus material includes The Embassy Lark episode ‘National Grumpshnog Week’ and Episode Five from Series One (broadcast 12 April 1966).

7 CDs. 6 hrs 55 mins.

The Navy Lark Volume 25: Avoiding Redundancy

Lawrie Wyman (and others)

Jon Pertwee, Leslie Phillips, Stephen Murray and Ronnie Barker star in these four hilarious radio episodes. 'Farewell to HMS Varsity'/''Drifting Through' (9 October 1966): Lt. Murray's first command, the mine sweeper HMS Varsity, is being towed on its final trip to the breakers' yard - along with some unsuspecting passengers... 'The Army Lark'/''Blowing Themselves Up' (16 October 1966): The navy undertakes a combined exercise with the army - a nuisance raid on the coast of Belgium - and it's Troutbridge's duty to take an army platoon so they can detonate explosives on the beach. Naturally, Phillips has trouble finding Belgium. 'Pertwee's Enlistment Expires'/'Avoiding Redundancy' (1 December 1968): Pertwee has every right to be suspicious when he is summoned to Captain Povey's office and offered a cigar: he has forgotten to re-enlist in the senior service. Will he really be discharged? 'The POW Escape Exercise'/'Escaping Back Into' (2 April 1972): Pertwee, Phillips and Murray are transported to a secret location in the back of a military truck as part of a new naval initiative. Their mission? To escape from a POW camp under the simulation of wartime conditions... With Richard Caldicot, Heather Chasen, Tenniel Evans and Michael Bates.

2 CDs. 1 hr 48 mins.

The Navy Lark Collection: Series 7

Lawrie Wyman (and others)

All aboard HMS Troutbridge for Series Seven of The Navy Lark! This classic BBC radio comedy, written by Laurie Wyman (with George Evans from the twelfth series onwards) starred Jon Pertwee, Leslie Phillips, Stephen Murray, Ronnie Barker and Tenniel Evans. This box set contains the episodes: ‘Taking Some Liberties’, ‘Smugglers in the Solent’, ‘Mr Murray is Victimised’, ‘The Poveys Move House’, ‘Captain Povey Reports Sick’, ‘Admiral Pertwee’s Fleet’, ‘Let Loose with a Chopper’, ‘Making a Right Pig’s Breakfast’, ‘The Mysterious Pudding Mine’, ‘The Hovercraft Training Course’, ‘The Sabotaged Floggle-Toggle-Box’, ‘The Potarneyland Training Exercise’ and ‘Going On Leave to Croydon’. Also included in this collection is a 30-page PDF booklet containing a detailed history of the development of this series of The Navy Lark (and television’s HMS Paradise) cast biographies, an episode guide and Radio Times clippings. Bonus material includes ‘The Route March’ episode from Series 2, the Overseas Service Broadcast episode ‘Hitting the Ice Floe’ and ten Transcription Service introductions.

7 CDs. 7 hrs.

The Navy Lark Volume 24: You're A Rotten!

Lawrie Wyman (and others)

Jon Pertwee, Leslie Phillips, Stephen Murray and Ronnie Barker star in these four hilarious radio episodes. 'Mr Murray is Victimised' /'Doing a Mischief' (25 July 1965): Captain Povey realises that the person who keeps saving the hopeless crew of HMS Troutbridge from being dismissed is the wily Lt Murray. So, if he can turn CPO Pertwee and Sub-Lt Phillips against Murray, then he will have them. 'The Float-a-Peddle Fiddle'/'Float-a-Peddling Their Way Through' (11 September 1966): Troutbridge is about to set sail for its summer commission, and Pertwee has heard that they are heading for the warm Mediterranean. Will his latest get-rich-quick scheme still work when he discovers they are bound for the Arctic instead? 'A Filthy Ferryboat'/'Cleaning Up' (16 July 1967): Povey instructs Murray, Phillips and Pertwee to take Troutbridge out to sea to clean it up so it's ready for inspection. However, on the way back they somehow manage to collide with the Isle of Wight ferry. 'Sub-Conductor Phillips'/'Accredited' (17 November 1968): Captain Povey had ordered Sub-Lt Phillips to get a new uniform because his current one is falling apart. But unfortunately Leslie's piggy bank is empty... Also features Richard Caldicot, Heather Chasen, Tenniel Evans and Michael Bates.

2 CDs. 1 hr 50 mins.

Biography

Lawrie Wyman