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The '''''Navy Lark''''' was a BBC radio comedy written by [[Laurie Wyman]] and [[George Evans]] about the crew of The Royal Navy ship [[HMS Troutbridge]], (a pun on HMS Troubridge, an actual Royal Navy destroyer) based in [[HMNB Portsmouth]], though 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 series was transmitted on the BBC Light Programme and subsequently BBC Radio 2. It was produced by [[Alastair Scott-Johnston]]. [[Laurie Wyman]] conceived the idea and wrote the scripts (with [[George Evans]] from quite early on, but who was not name checked until the 12th Series onwards). For most of its run, it starred [[Jon Pertwee]], [[Leslie Phillips]] and [[Stephen Murray (actor)|Stephen Murray]].
 
The '''''Navy Lark''''' was a BBC radio comedy written by [[Laurie Wyman]] and [[George Evans]] about the crew of The Royal Navy ship [[HMS Troutbridge]], (a pun on HMS Troubridge, an actual Royal Navy destroyer) based in [[HMNB Portsmouth]], though 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 series was transmitted on the BBC Light Programme and subsequently BBC Radio 2. It was produced by [[Alastair Scott-Johnston]]. [[Laurie Wyman]] conceived the idea and wrote the scripts (with [[George Evans]] from quite early on, but who was not name checked until the 12th Series onwards). For most of its run, it starred [[Jon Pertwee]], [[Leslie Phillips]] and [[Stephen Murray (actor)|Stephen Murray]].
   
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The show was first aired on The Light Programme in 1959 and ran for fifteen series until 1976 making it the second longest running radio programme the BBC has made.
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The show was first aired on The Light Programme in 1959 and ran for thirteen series until 1976 making it the second longest running radio programme the BBC has made.
   
 
The main characters of The Navy Lark are: Chief Petty Officer [[CPO Pertwee|Pertwee]], played by [[Jon Pertwee]]; Sub Lieutenant [[Sub Lt. Phillips|Phillips]], played by [[Leslie Phillips]] and The Number One, which was played by [[Dennis Price]] in the first series and [[Stephen Murray]] from then on. The rest of the regular characters were played by [[Richard Caldicot]], [[Ronnie Barker]], [[Tenniel Evans]], [[Michael Bates]] and [[Heather Chasen]].<ref>[http://www.navylark.0catch.com/ Introduction]</ref>
 
The main characters of The Navy Lark are: Chief Petty Officer [[CPO Pertwee|Pertwee]], played by [[Jon Pertwee]]; Sub Lieutenant [[Sub Lt. Phillips|Phillips]], played by [[Leslie Phillips]] and The Number One, which was played by [[Dennis Price]] in the first series and [[Stephen Murray]] from then on. The rest of the regular characters were played by [[Richard Caldicot]], [[Ronnie Barker]], [[Tenniel Evans]], [[Michael Bates]] and [[Heather Chasen]].<ref>[http://www.navylark.0catch.com/ Introduction]</ref>

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