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[[File:Pg-32-evans-bbc 188682t.jpg|thumb|300px|right|Cast members of The Navy Lark, together with the emblem of [[HMS Troutbridge]]. From left to right; Back: [[Ronnie Barker]], [[Jon Pertwee]], [[Michael Bates]], [[Tenniel Evans]]. Center: [[Stephen Murray]], [[Richard Caldicot]], [[Leslie Phillips]]. Front: [[Heather Chasen]] and [[Judy Cornwell]].]]
   
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=Introduction=
'''''The Navy Lark''''' was a radio sit-com about life aboard a British Royal Navy frigate named HMS [[HMS Troutbridge|''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 '''''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.
==Plot==
 
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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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=Plot=
 
Programmes 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|Sub Lieutenant Phillips]], scheming [[CPO Pertwee|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" [[Henry Povey| Povey]] finding out. Scenes frequently featured a string of eccentric characters, often played by [[Ronnie Barker]] or Jon Pertwee
 
Programmes 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|Sub Lieutenant Phillips]], scheming [[CPO Pertwee|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" [[Henry Povey| Povey]] finding out. Scenes frequently featured a string of eccentric characters, often played by [[Ronnie Barker]] or Jon Pertwee
   
===[[Republic of Potarneyland]]===
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==[[Republic of Potarneyland]]==
 
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 (ship)|Poppadom]]'', appears in several episodes manned by various Potani officers voiced by [[Michael Bates]] and Ronnie Barker.
 
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 (ship)|Poppadom]]'', appears in several episodes manned by various Potani officers voiced by [[Michael Bates]] and Ronnie Barker.
   
==Cast==
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=Cast=
 
*[[Dennis Price]] – Lieutenant Price ("[[Number One (Royal Navy)|Number One]]") (Series 1)
 
*[[Dennis Price]] – Lieutenant Price ("[[Number One (Royal Navy)|Number One]]") (Series 1)
 
*[[Leslie Phillips]] – Sub Lieutenant Phillips
 
*[[Leslie Phillips]] – Sub Lieutenant Phillips
*[[Jon Pertwee]] – [[Chief Petty Officer]] Pertwee / [[Commander]] [[Weatherby]] / [[Vice-Admiral]] [['Burbly' Burwasher]] / [[The Master (Navy Lark)|The Master]]
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*[[Jon Pertwee]] – [[Chief Petty Officer]] [[CPO Pertwee|Pertwee]] / [[Commander]] [[Weatherby]] / [[Vice-Admiral]] [['Burbly' Burwasher]] / [[The Master (Navy Lark)|The Master]]
*[[Stephen Murray (actor)|Stephen Murray]] – [[Lieutenant|Lt]]/[[Lieutenant Commander|Lt Commander]] Murray ("[[Number One (Royal Navy)|Number One]]")
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*[[Stephen Murray (actor)|Stephen Murray]] – [[Lieutenant|Lt]]/[[Lieutenant Commander|Lt Commander]] [[Mr Murray|Murray]] ("[[Number One (Royal Navy)|Number One]]")
*[[Richard Caldicot]] – [[Commander (Royal Navy)|Commander]]/[[Captain (Royal Navy)|Captain]] Povey
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*[[Richard Caldicot]] – [[Commander (Royal Navy)|Commander]]/[[Captain (Royal Navy)|Captain]] [[Henry Povey|Povey]]
 
*[[Ronnie Barker]]<ref name='Ronnie Barker Obit.'>Obituary of Ronnie Barker in The Times (small mention of The Navy Lark near the end of the first page)[http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/obituaries/article574647.ece]</ref> – [[Able Seaman (rank)|Able Seaman]] [['Fatso' Johnson]] / [[Lieutenant Commander|Lt Commander]] [[Stanton]] / Commander [[Bell]] / Lieutenant [[Lt. Queeg|Queeg]]
 
*[[Ronnie Barker]]<ref name='Ronnie Barker Obit.'>Obituary of Ronnie Barker in The Times (small mention of The Navy Lark near the end of the first page)[http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/obituaries/article574647.ece]</ref> – [[Able Seaman (rank)|Able Seaman]] [['Fatso' Johnson]] / [[Lieutenant Commander|Lt Commander]] [[Stanton]] / Commander [[Bell]] / Lieutenant [[Lt. Queeg|Queeg]]
 
*[[Heather Chasen]] – Mrs. [[Ramona Povey]] / [[Women's Royal Naval Service|WREN]] [[WRN Chasen|Chasen]] / [[Lady Toddhunter-Brown]]
 
*[[Heather Chasen]] – Mrs. [[Ramona Povey]] / [[Women's Royal Naval Service|WREN]] [[WRN Chasen|Chasen]] / [[Lady Toddhunter-Brown]]
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*Laurie Wyman – Inspector [[Burt Tiddy]] / various
 
*Laurie Wyman – Inspector [[Burt Tiddy]] / various
   
==Production==
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=Production=
 
The series used [[accent (linguistics)|accents]] and characterised voices to supplement the humour, as well as a good deal of innuendo.
 
The series used [[accent (linguistics)|accents]] and characterised voices to supplement the humour, as well as a good deal of innuendo.
   
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Other recurring verbal features were the invented words "humgrummits" and "floggle-toggle" which served to cover all manner of unspecified objects ranging from foodstuffs to naval equipment.
 
Other recurring verbal features were the invented words "humgrummits" and "floggle-toggle" which served to cover all manner of unspecified objects ranging from foodstuffs to naval equipment.
   
==Reception==
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=Reception=
The series made household names of Leslie Phillips, Jon Pertwee and Richard Caldicot, but Ronnie Barker's versatile contributions were only recognised after he had become better known through television comedy. [[Michael Bates (actor)|Michael Bates]] later appeared on television as Blamire in ''[[Last of the Summer Wine]]'' and as Rangi Ram in ''[[It Ain't Half Hot Mum]]''. Judy Cornwell was later to appear in the short series Moody and Pegg, but became best known when she was cast as Daisy, one of Hyacinth Bucket's sisters in ''[[Keeping Up Appearances]]''.
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The series made household names of Leslie Phillips, Jon Pertwee and Richard Caldicot, but Ronnie Barker's versatile contributions were only recognised after he had become better known through television comedy. [[Michael Bates (actor)|Michael Bates]] later appeared on television as Blamire in ''[[Last of the Summer Wine]]'' and as Rangi Ram in ''[[It Ain't Half Hot Mum]]''. Judy Cornwell was later to appear in the short series Moody and Pegg, but became best known when she was cast as Daisy, one of Hyacinth Bucket's sisters in ''[[Keeping Up Appearances]]''. Dennis Price returned for a guest appearance in the fourth series episode ''A Hole Lieutenant''
Dennis Price returned for a guest appearance in the fourth series episode ''A Hole Lieutenant''
 
   
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Repeats can regularly be heard on [[BBC Radio 4 Extra]].
 
Repeats can regularly be heard on [[BBC Radio 4 Extra]].
   
==Sequels and adaptations==
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=Sequels and adaptations=
There were several radio sequels, including ''[[The Embassy Lark]]'' and ''[[The Big Business Lark]]''. ''[[The Navy Lark (film)|The TV Lark]]'' was intended to be a replacement for ''The Navy Lark'' starting with what would have been the series' fifth season. This situation came about due to the head of light entertainment believing that "forces" based humour had had its day and television was the next "big thing" so Lawrie was told to create a show with the same cast in an independent TV station situation. Alastair Scott Johnston and Lawrie Wyman tried to stop this folly but were overruled, hence the arrival of ''The TV Lark''. The entire cast had been drummed out of the service (as the announcer puts it) and hired by Troutbridge TV Ltd. Janet Brown joined the cast due to the absence of [[Heather Chasen]] for this season. However, mainly due to public pressure, the production team of Alastair Scott Johnston and Lawrie Wyman managed to revert the show back to nautical capers, even though episode ten of ''The TV Lark'' revealed that CPO Pertwee had arranged to flog almost the entirety of HMS ''Troutbridge''. Storylines in The TV Lark nudged back to Naval origins across the ten shows until they were finally reunited with Troutbridge and acceptable storylines once more. 10 episodes were made but unfortunately Episode 9 is lost. The nine surviving episodes are available on [[YouTube]].<ref>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxzyjvQ-U1Q&playnext=1&list=PL1648E9C584DA7894</ref>
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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 series' fifth season. This situation came about due to the head of light entertainment believing that "forces" based humour had had its day and television was the next "big thing" so Lawrie was told to create a show with the same cast in an independent TV station situation. Alastair Scott Johnston and Lawrie Wyman tried to stop this folly but were overruled, hence the arrival of ''The TV Lark''. The entire cast had been drummed out of the service (as the announcer puts it) and hired by Troutbridge TV Ltd. Janet Brown joined the cast due to the absence of [[Heather Chasen]] for this season. However, mainly due to public pressure, the production team of Alastair Scott Johnston and Lawrie Wyman managed to revert the show back to nautical capers, even though episode ten of ''The TV Lark'' revealed that CPO Pertwee had arranged to flog almost the entirety of HMS ''Troutbridge''. Storylines in The TV Lark nudged back to Naval origins across the ten shows until they were finally reunited with Troutbridge and acceptable storylines once more. 10 episodes were made but unfortunately Episode 9 is lost.
   
In [[1959 in film|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.
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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 series has been wiped, but a rumour exists that one episode still exists.
 
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 has been wiped, but a rumour exists that one episode still exists.
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The show was condensed from 30 to 27 minutes by Transcription services, then the discs were then 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 so the station acquired the scripts from Lawrie and edited them to around twenty five minutes, 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.
 
The show was condensed from 30 to 27 minutes by Transcription services, then the discs were then 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 so the station acquired the scripts from Lawrie and edited them to around twenty five minutes, 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==
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=Episode guide=
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=='''1st Series'''==
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(March 29th 1959- July 12th 1959)
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{{Navy Lark Season 1}}
   
'''1st Series Spring 1959'''
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=='''2nd Series'''==
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(October 16th 1959 - April 8th 1960)
1. 1- 1 Mar 29 59 The Missing Jeep
 
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{{Navy Lark Season 2}}
2. 1- 2 Apr 5 59 Operation Fag End (pilot episode)
 
3. 1- 3 Apr 12 59 Number One's Chair
 
4. 1- 4 Apr 19 59 The Fairground Lights
 
5. 1- 5 Apr 26 59 The Comfort Fund
 
6. 1– 6 May 3 59 Stuck up the Inlet
 
7. 1– 7 May 10 59 The Admiral's Party
 
8. 1– 8 May 17 59 The Hank of Heather
 
9. 1– 9 May 24 59 The Multiple Mine
 
10. 1–10 May 31 59 The Gun Mechanism Test
 
11. 1-11 Jun 7 59 The Whittlesea Bay Yacht Regatta
 
12. 1-12 Jun 14 59 The Psychology Test
 
13. 1-13 Jun 21 59 A Watch on the Initiative
 
14. 1-14 Jun 28 59 An Exercise in Filming
 
15. 1-15 Jul 5 59 The Smuggling Spy
 
16. 1-16 Jul 12 59 The Whittlesea Carnival and Fête
 
   
'''2nd Series Autumn 1959'''
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=='''3rd Series'''==
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(November 2nd 1960 - March 16th 1961)
17. 2- 1 Oct 16 59 New at the Helm
 
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{{Navy Lark Season 3}}
18. 2- 2 Oct 23 59 Fatso's Box Brownie
 
19. 2- 3 Oct 30 59 Bring Back the Barge
 
20. 2- 4 Nov 6 59 The Mock Action
 
21. 2- 5 Nov 13 59 Going Dutch
 
22. 2- 6 Nov 20 59 The Figurehead
 
23. 2- 7 Nov 27 59 Gunboat To Gumba
 
24. 2- 8 Dec 4 59 Johnson Finds Treasure
 
25. 2- 9 Dec 11 59 The Charter Trip to Antarctica
 
26. 2-10 Dec 18 59 Cementing Relations
 
27. 2-11 Dec 25 59 Strike up the Band
 
28. 2-12 Jan 1 60 The Route March
 
29. 2-13 Jan 8 60 A Trip up the Thames
 
30. 2-14 Jan 15 60 Radar Talk Down System
 
31. 2-15 Jan 22 60 A Crisp Romance
 
32. 2-16 Jan 29 60 The Lighthouse Lark
 
33. 2-17 Feb 5 60 Pertwee Posted to Portsmouth
 
34. 2-18 Feb 12 60 Johnson's Diet
 
35. 2-19 Feb 19 60 Tug Of War
 
36. 2-20 Feb 26 60 Return To Potarneyland
 
37. 2-21 Mar 4 60 The Cross Country Run
 
38. 2-22 Mar 11 60 The Morning After
 
39. 2-23 Mar 18 60 The Admiral's Present
 
40. 2-24 Mar 25 60 Secret Mission to Calais
 
41. 2-25 Apr 1 60 Mr Murray Goes Sick
 
42. 2-26 Apr 8 60 The Portarneyland Fishing Limit
 
   
'''3rd Series 1960'''
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=='''4th Series'''==
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(September 15th 1961 - March 9th 1962)
44. 3- 1 Nov 2 60 In Portsmouth for a Re-Fit
 
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Nov 5 60 Wrens Reunion at the Royal Festival Hall
 
45. 3- 2 Nov 9 60 Refitting Ebeneezer Pertwee
 
46. 3- 3 Nov 16 60 Sea Trials of the Poppadom
 
47. 3- 4 Nov 23 60 Mutiny Aboard Troutbridge
 
48. 3- 5 Nov 30 60 The Explosive Biscuits
 
49. 3- 6 Dec 7 60 Sir Willoughby Takes Over The Island
 
50. 3- 7 Dec 14 60 Mount Rumpus Atoll
 
51. 3- 8 Dec 21 60 Mr Murray's Houseboat
 
52. 3- 9 Dec 28 60 Johnson's Birthday
 
53. 3-10 Jan 4 61 Povey's Unexpected Leave
 
54. 3-11 Jan 11 61 Families' Day
 
55. 3-12 Jan 18 61 Falmouth Ghost Ship
 
56. 3-13 Jan 25 61 Onabushkan Flu
 
57. 3-14 Feb 1 61 The Efficiency Expert
 
58. 3-15 Feb 8 61 The Floggle Grummit Missile
 
59. 3-16 Feb 15 61 The Hitch Hiking Counterfeiter
 
60. 3-17 Feb 22 61 Commodore Goldstein
 
61. 3-18 Mar 1 61 Mr Phillips Has Navigation Tuition
 
62. 3-19 Mar 8 61 CPO Pertwee and the Laundry
 
63. 3-20 Mar 15 61 The Surprise Wedding
 
   
'''4th Series 1961'''
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=='''Christmas special 1962'''==
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S-01 unaired Calling The Antarctic - Not broadcast in the UK.
64. 4- 1 Sep 15 61 Returning from Leave
 
65. 4- 2 Sep 22 61 Captain Povey's Spy
 
66. 4- 3 Sep 29 61 The Secret Of Nessie's Youth
 
67. 4- 4 Oct 6 61 The Northampton Hunt Ball
 
68. 4- 5 Oct 13 61 Hijacked
 
69. 4- 6 Oct 20 61 Admiral Troutbridge
 
70. 4- 7 Oct 27 61 Relatives and Reservations
 
71. 4- 8 Nov 3 61 Humgrummits on the High Seas
 
72. 4- 9 Nov 10 61 Are Captain and Mrs Povey Married?
 
73. 4-10 Nov 17 61 Cine Cameras at Sea
 
74. 4-11 Nov 24 61 The Citizen Adjustment Course
 
75. 4-12 Dec 1 61 A Hole Lieutenant
 
76. 4-13 Dec 8 61 Spy Catching in Casablanca
 
77. 4-14 Dec 15 61 Mount Pot Erupts
 
78. 4-15 Dec 22 61 Captain Povey's Shop
 
79. 4-16 Dec 29 61 Leading Seaman Goldstein's Party
 
80. 4-17 Jan 5 62 The Invitation
 
81. 4-18 Jan 12 62 The Cornish Exercise
 
82. 4-19 Jan 19 62 A Strange Hobby
 
83. 4-20 Jan 26 62 Mr Phillips Get Engaged
 
84. 4-21 Feb 2 62 The Sinking of the Bubble Car
 
85. 4-22 Feb 9 62 Long John Pertwee
 
86. 4-23 Feb 16 62 The Admiral's Accident Report
 
87. 4-24 Feb 23 62 Over the Sea to Rosyth
 
88. 4-25 Mar 2 62 The Return of Sir Frederick Flatley
 
89. 4-26 Mar 9 62 The Ship's Concert
 
   
'''Christmas special 1962'''
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=='''The TV Lark 1963'''==
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{{The TV Lark}}
   
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90. S- 1 unaired Calling The Antarctic - Not broadcast in the UK.
 
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(April 5th 1963 - May 10th 1963)
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{{Navy Lark Season 5}}
   
'''The TV Lark 1963'''
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=='''6th Series'''==
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(September 27th 1963 - January 31st 1964)
T01. Opening Night
 
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T02. Advertising Drive
 
T03. The Party Political Broadcast
 
T04. Back to Portsmouth
 
T05. Serial Programming
 
T06. The African Incident
 
T07. Yours, or MINE!!!
 
T08. The Portarneyland Election
 
T09.
 
T10. Back in the Navy
 
   
'''5th Series spring 1963'''
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=='''7th Series'''==
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(Jul 11th 1965 - October 3rd 1965)
91. 5- 1 Apr 5 63 First Day out of Dock
 
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92. 5- 2 Apr 12 63 (100th edition)
 
93. 5- 3 Apr 19 63 A Deliberate Bashing
 
94. 5- 4 Apr 26 63 Whittlesea Regatta
 
95. 5– 5 May 3 63 HMS Troutbridge Gets a Rocket
 
96. 5– 6 May 10 63 The Ghost Ship
 
   
'''6th Series autumn 1963'''
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=='''Christmas Special 1965'''==
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97. 6- 1 Sep 27 63 Wren Chasen Returns
 
98. 6- 2 Oct 4 63 On the Carpet
 
99. 6- 3 Oct 11 63 The Bungalese Spies
 
100. 6- 4 Oct 18 63 Troutbridge's Party
 
101. 6- 5 Oct 25 63 Rescuing Admirals
 
102. 6- 6 Nov 1 63 Demise of the Depth Charges
 
103. 6- 7 Nov 8 63 The Struggle for Promotion
 
104. 6- 8 Nov 15 63 Fred Computables
 
105. 6- 9 Nov 22 63 Stormy Weather
 
106. 6-10 Nov 29 63 Chasing the Kepeac
 
107. 6-11 Dec 6 63 The Submerged Island
 
108. 6-12 Dec 13 63 The Sicilian Secret Agent
 
109. 6-13 Dec 20 63 German's Troutbridge
 
110. 6-14 Dec 27 63 Confirming Povey's Rank
 
111. 6-15 Jan 3 64 The Calais Dock Strike
 
112. 6-16 Jan 10 64 Johnson's Memoirs
 
113. 6-17 Jan 17 64 The Emperor of Tratvia
 
114. 6-18 Jan 24 64 Open Day
 
115. 6-19 Jan 31 64 Stuck on a Sandbank
 
   
'''7th Series 1965'''
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116. 7- 1 Jul 11 65 Back in the Muck Again
 
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117. 7- 2 Jul 18 65 Smugglers in the Solent
 
118. 7- 3 Jul 25 65 Mr Murray Is Victimised
 
119. 7- 4 Aug 1 65 The Poveys Move House
 
120. 7- 5 Aug 8 65 Captain Povey Reports Sick
 
121. 7- 6 Aug 15 65 Admiral Pertwee's Fleet
 
122. 7- 7 Aug 22 65 Let Loose with a Chopper
 
123. 7- 8 Aug 29 65 Making a Right Pig's Breakfast
 
124. 7- 9 Sep 5 65 The Mysterious Pudding Mine
 
125. 7-10 Sep 12 65 The Hovercraft Training Course
 
126. 7-11 Sep 19 65 Sabotaged Floggle-Toggle Box
 
127. 7-12 Sep 26 65 The Portarneyland Training Exercise
 
128. 7-13 Oct 3 65 Going on Leave to Croydon
 
   
'''Christmas Special 1965'''
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=='''9th Series'''==
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(July 2nd 1967 - November 12th 1967)
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{{Navy Lark Season 9}}
   
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=='''10th Series 1968'''==
129. S- 2 unaired Not broadcast in UK.
 
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(October 13th 1968 - February 9th 1969)
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{{Navy Lark Season 10}}
   
'''8th Series 1966'''
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=='''11th Series 1969'''==
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(December 28th 1969 - April 12th 1970)
130. 8- 1 Sep 4 66 Searching for Their Ship (a.k.a. Where is Troutbridge?)
 
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{{Navy Lark Season 11}}
131. 8- 2 Sep 11 66 Float a Peddle Fiddle
 
132. 8- 3 Sep 18 66 Gumming Up the Works (a.k.a. A Sticky Business)
 
133. 8- 4 Sep 25 66 Buoys Will Be Buoys
 
134. 8- 5 Oct 2 66 Steamship Day
 
135. 8- 6 Oct 9 66 Farewell to HMS Varsity
 
136. 8- 7 Oct 16 66 Blowing Themselves Up (a.k.a. The Army Lark)
 
137. 8- 8 Oct 23 66 Buying Tickets (a.k.a. Just the Ticket)
 
138. 8- 9 Oct 30 66 Mr Phillips Promotion
 
139. 8-10 Nov 6 66 Pertwee and the Tratvian Beer
 
140. 8-11 Nov 13 66 The PM Papa
 
141. 8-12 Nov 20 66 Getting Rid of Pertwee
 
142. 8-13 Nov 27 66 Off to Sea at Last
 
   
'''9th Series 1967'''
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=='''12th Series 1971'''==
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(May 16th 1971 - July 25th 1971)
143. 9- 1 Jul 2 67 Back from the Antarctic
 
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{{Navy Lark Season 12}}
144. 9- 2 Jul 9 67 Fishing in Troubled Waters (a.k.a. Fishers off the Faroes)
 
145. 9- 3 Jul 16 67 Cleaning Up (a.k.a. A Filthy Ferryboat)
 
146. 9- 4 Jul 23 67 Doing a Disastrical (a.k.a. Jigsaws and Jemmies)
 
147. 9- 5 Jul 30 67 The Naval Review
 
148. 9- 6 Aug 6 67 Going Caravaning (a.k.a. The Curious Caravan Case)
 
149. 9- 7 Aug 13 67 Having a Bit of Trouble with the French (a.k.a. Frenchmen in J.41)
 
150. 9- 8 Aug 20 67 Tangling with the Law (a.k.a. The Police Drop In)
 
151. 9- 9 Aug 27 67 Mr Murray's Endurance Course
 
152. 9-10 Sep 3 67 Women in the Wardroom
 
153. 9-11 Sep 10 67 Troutbridge's Silver Jubilee
 
155. 9-12 Sep 17 67 Computerising (a.k.a. CECIL the Navigation Computer)
 
156. 9-13 Sep 24 67 A Russian Rendezvous
 
157. 9-14 Oct 1 67 The Bugged and Burgled Beer
 
158. 9-15 Oct 8 67 Picking up the Poppadom
 
159. 9-16 Oct 15 67 Cuthbert Joins the Navy
 
150. 9-17 Oct 22 67 The Flying Machine
 
160. 9-18 Oct 29 67 Sub Lt. Philips at Dartmouth
 
161. 9-19 Nov 5 67 Frying Up
 
162. 9-20 Nov 12 67 Troutbridge in Quarantine
 
   
'''10th Series 1968'''
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=='''13th Series 1972'''==
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(March 26th 1972 - June 18th 1972)
163. 10- 1 Oct 13 68 Lighting Up (a.k.a. Troutbridge Electrifies Portsmouth)
 
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{{Navy Lark Season 13}}
164. 10- 2 Oct 20 68 The Redundancy Drive
 
165. 10- 3 Oct 27 68 The Smugglers Return
 
166. 10- 4 Nov 3 68 Captain Trotter Takes Charge
 
167. 10- 5 Nov 10 68 The Anti-Submarine Missile
 
168. 10- 6 Nov 17 68 Accredited (a.k.a. Sub-Conductor Phillips)
 
169. 10- 7 Nov 24 68 The South Kawowan Summit
 
170. 10- 8 Dec 1 68 Pertwee's Enlistment Expires
 
171. 10- 9 Dec 8 68 Capt. Povey Takes Over
 
172. 10-10 Dec 15 68 Sir Willoughby Goes to Kawowa
 
173. 10-11 Dec 22 68 The Padre's Birthday
 
174. 10-12 Dec 29 68 The Portsmouth Kiosk
 
175. 10-13 Jan 5 69 The Radio Beacon
 
176. 10-14 Jan 12 69 The Wrong Uniform
 
177. 10-15 Jan 19 69 Harold Wilson Reviews the Fleet
 
178. 10-16 Jan 26 69 Relief of the Weather Ship
 
179. 10-17 Feb 2 69 Bunging Up (a.k.a. The Mickey Mouse Toothbrush)
 
180. 10-18 Feb 9 69 The Brick Smugglers
 
   
'''11th Series 1969'''
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=='''14th Series 1973'''==
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(July 29th 1973 - October 21st 1973)
181. 11- 1 Dec 28 69 The Squatters
 
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182. 11- 2 Jan 4 70 Admiral Hunting (a.k.a. What is the S.S.E.?)
 
183. 11- 3 Jan 11 70 The Promotion Ladder
 
184. 11- 4 Jan 18 70 Stranded
 
185. 11- 5 Jan 25 70 StarrSir Willoughby's Party
 
186. 11- 6 Feb 1 70 Fleet Initiative Test
 
187. 11- 7 Feb 8 70 C.P.O. Pertwee's Long Service Medal
 
188. 11- 8 Feb 15 70 The Phenomenal Pertwee Tug
 
189. 11- 9 Feb 22 70 The Security Clampdown
 
190. 11-10 Mar 1 70 The Anniversary and the Washing
 
191. 11-11 Mar 8 70 The Forbodians Hijack Troutbridge
 
192. 11-12 Mar 15 70 Getting Spliced (a.k.a. Number One Gets Married)
 
193. 11-13 Mar 22 70 The Honeymooners Return
 
194. 11-14 Mar 29 70 C.P.O. Pertwee and the Lead Half Crowns
 
195. 11-15 Apr 5 70 Dartmouth Naval College Has Had a Narrow Escape
 
(a.k.a. Sup-Lt Phillips to Leave for Dartmouth)
 
196. 11-16 Apr 12 70 The Mark 31 Radar
 
   
'''12th Series 1971'''
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=='''15th Series 1975'''==
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(November 9th 1975 - January 18th 1976)
197. 12– 1 May 16 71 The Put-a-Horse-out-to-Graze Fund
 
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198. 12– 2 May 23 71 Impressions for Survival
 
199. 12– 3 May 30 71 The Beard-Growing Race
 
200. 12- 4 Jun 6 71 The Mysterious Radio Signals
 
201. 12- 5 Jun 13 71 Operation Recovery
 
202. 12- 6 Jun 20 71 The Slogan Contest
 
203. 12- 7 Jun 27 71 Sir Willoughby at Shanghai
 
204. 12- 8 Jul 4 71 Operation Cowes Barge
 
205. 12- 9 Jul 11 71 Number One's Anniversary
 
206. 12-10 Jul 18 71 The Loch Ness Monster
 
207. 12-11 Jul 25 71 The Forbodian Attaché
 
   
'''13th Series 1972'''
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=='''Special 1977'''==
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* 245. S-03 Jul 16 77 Queen's Silver Jubilee Edition
208. 13- 1 Mar 26 72 The TV Documentary
 
209. 13- 2 Apr 2 72 The P.O.W. Escape Exercise
 
210. 13- 3 Apr 9 72 Number One's Married Quarters
 
211. 13- 4 Apr 16 72 Operating for Profit (a.k.a. The Newhaven-Dieppe Smuggling Run)
 
212. 13- 5 Apr 23 72 The Bumble Spit Lighthouse Affair
 
213. 13- 6 Apr 30 72 The Tongipouhaha Treasure
 
214. 13– 7 May 7 72 The US Navigator Swap
 
215. 13– 8 May 14 72 Son of a Sea Lord
 
216. 13– 9 May 21 72 Hypnotising Ramona
 
217. 13–10 May 28 72 The Master of Sardinia
 
218. 13-11 Jun 4 72 Opportunity Knockers
 
219. 13-12 Jun 11 72 Friday the 13th
 
220. 13-13 Jun 18 72 The New NAAFI
 
 
'''14th Series 1973'''
 
221. 14- 1 Jul 29 73 The Montezuela Revolution
 
222. 14- 2 Aug 5 73 The Island Swordfish
 
223. 14- 3 Aug 12 73 Bunged in the Brig (a.k.a. Bunged in the Rattle)
 
224. 14- 4 Aug 19 73 Kidnapped Down Under
 
225. 14- 5 Aug 26 73 The Digital Isles Go Unstable
 
226. 14- 6 Sep 2 73 Egbert Hitches a Ride
 
227. 14- 7 Sep 9 73 Povey an Admiral at Last
 
228. 14- 8 Sep 16 73 The Bergan Horse Trials
 
229. 14- 9 Sep 23 73 Captain Povey's Wig
 
230. 14-10 Sep 30 73 Brain Pill
 
231. 14-11 Oct 7 73 Operation Showcase
 
232. 14-12 Oct 14 73 Living the High Life (a.k.a. CPO Pertwee Yachtmonger)
 
233. 14-13 Oct 21 73 The Talpinium Shell
 
 
'''15th Series 1975'''
 
234. 15- 1 Nov 9 75 Sequel to the Talpinium Shell
 
235. 15- 2 Nov 16 75 NANA
 
236. 15- 3 Nov 23 75 Helen, the New Wren
 
237. 15- 4 Nov 30 75 Relief for Station 150
 
238. 15- 5 Dec 7 75 Black is Beautiful
 
239. 15- 6 Dec 14 75 Sidney and the Stamp
 
240. 15- 7 Dec 21 75 Riding to Victory (a.k.a. Commander Murray Becomes a Showjumper)
 
241. 15- 8 Dec 28 75 Horrible Horace
 
242. 15- 9 Jan 4 76 Officer's and Gent's Lib
 
243. 15-10 Jan 11 76 The Case of the HGM Mark 5
 
244. 15-11 Jan 18 76 Uncle Wilberforce Pertwee
 
 
'''Special 1977'''
 
245. S - 3 Jul 16 77 Queen's Silver Jubilee Edition
 
 
 
==References==
 
{{reflist}}
 
   
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=References=
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
 
*[http://www.navylark.org.uk/ The Navy Lark Appreciation Society]
 
*[http://www.navylark.org.uk/ The Navy Lark Appreciation Society]
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*[http://otr.net/?p=lark The Navy Lark at OTR.Network (Old Time Radio)] Free - Realplayer required.
 
*[http://otr.net/?p=lark The Navy Lark at OTR.Network (Old Time Radio)] Free - Realplayer required.
 
*[http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/comedy/deeptrouble.shtml Deep Trouble]
 
*[http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/comedy/deeptrouble.shtml Deep Trouble]
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==Sources==
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Latest revision as of 18:33, 22 May 2020

Cast members of The Navy Lark, together with the emblem of HMS Troutbridge. From left to right; Back: Ronnie Barker, Jon Pertwee, Michael Bates, Tenniel Evans. Center: Stephen Murray, Richard Caldicot, Leslie Phillips. Front: Heather Chasen and Judy Cornwell.

Introduction[edit | edit source]

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.

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.

The main characters of The Navy Lark are: Chief Petty Officer Pertwee, played by Jon Pertwee; Sub Lieutenant 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.[1]

Plot[edit | edit source]

Programmes 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 Lieutenant 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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

Production[edit | edit source]

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 a traditional hornpipe called St Ninian's Isle. The programme also featured musical breaks with a main harmonica theme by Tommy Reilly and several 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 some 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 speakinTemplate:'".

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

Reception[edit | edit source]

The series made household names of Leslie Phillips, Jon Pertwee and Richard Caldicot, but Ronnie Barker's versatile contributions were only recognised after he had become better known through television comedy. Michael Bates later appeared on television as Blamire in Last of the Summer Wine and as Rangi Ram in It Ain't Half Hot Mum. Judy Cornwell was later to appear in the short series Moody and Pegg, but became best known when she was cast as Daisy, one of Hyacinth Bucket's sisters in Keeping Up Appearances. Dennis Price returned for a guest appearance in the fourth series episode A Hole Lieutenant

Repeats can regularly be heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra.

Sequels and adaptations[edit | edit source]

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 series' fifth season. This situation came about due to the head of light entertainment believing that "forces" based humour had had its day and television was the next "big thing" so Lawrie was told to create a show with the same cast in an independent TV station situation. Alastair Scott Johnston and Lawrie Wyman tried to stop this folly but were overruled, hence the arrival of The TV Lark. The entire cast had been drummed out of the service (as the announcer puts it) and hired by Troutbridge TV Ltd. Janet Brown joined the cast due to the absence of Heather Chasen for this season. However, mainly due to public pressure, the production team of Alastair Scott Johnston and Lawrie Wyman managed to revert the show back to nautical capers, even though episode ten of The TV Lark revealed that CPO Pertwee had arranged to flog almost the entirety of HMS Troutbridge. Storylines in The TV Lark nudged back to Naval origins across the ten shows until they were finally reunited with Troutbridge and acceptable storylines once more. 10 episodes were made but unfortunately Episode 9 is lost.

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 series has been wiped, but a rumour exists that one episode still exists.

The show was condensed from 30 to 27 minutes by Transcription services, then the discs were then 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 so the station acquired the scripts from Lawrie and edited them to around twenty five minutes, 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 | edit source]

1st Series[edit | edit source]

(March 29th 1959- July 12th 1959)

Navy Lark Season 1
The Missing Jeep I Operation Fag End I Number One's Chair I The Fairground Lights I The Comfort Fund I Stuck Up The Inlet I The Admiral's Party I The Hank of Heather I The Multiple Mines I The Gun Mechanism Test I The Whittlesea Bay Yacht Regatta I The Psychology Test I A Watch On The Initiative Test I An Exercise in Filming I The Smuggling Spy I The Whittlesea Carnival and Fete

2nd Series[edit | edit source]

(October 16th 1959 - April 8th 1960)

Navy Lark Season 2
New at the Helm I Fatso's Box Brownie I Bringing Back the Barge I The Mock Action I Going Dutch I The Figurehead I Gunboat To Gumba I Johnson Finds Treasure I The Charter Trip To Antarctica I Cementing Relations I Strike up the Band I The Route March I A Trip Up The Thames I Radar Talk Down System (aka Working Their Passage 2) I A Crisp Romance I The Lighthouse Lark I Pertwee Posted to Portsmouth I Johnson's Diet I Tug of War I Return to Potarneyland I The Cross Country Run I The Morning After I The Admiral's Present I Secret Mission to Calais I Mr Murray Goes Sick I The Portarneyland Fishing Limit I Wrens Reunion at the Festival Hall

3rd Series[edit | edit source]

(November 2nd 1960 - March 16th 1961)

Navy Lark Season 3
In Portsmouth for a Re-fit I Refitting Ebeneezer Pertwee‘s Tug I Sea Trials Of The Poppadom I Mutiny Aboard TroutbridgeI The Explosive Biscuits I Sir Willoughby takes over an Island I Mount Rumpus Atoll I Mr Murray's Houseboat I Johnson’s Birthday I Povey’s Unexpected Leave I Families' Day I Falmouth Ghost Ship I Onabushkan Flu I The Efficiency Expert I The Floggle Grummit Missile I The Hitch Hiking Counterfeiter I Commodore Goldstein I Mr Phillips has Navigation Tuition I CPO Pertwee and the Laundry I The Surprise Wedding

4th Series[edit | edit source]

(September 15th 1961 - March 9th 1962)

Navy Lark Season 4
Returning From Leave I Captain Povey's Spy I The Secret of Nessie’s Youth I The Northampton Hunt Ball I Hijacked! I Admiral Troutbridge I Relatives and Reservations I Humgrummits on The High Seas I Are Captain and Mrs Povey Married? I Cine Cameras at Sea I The Citizen Adjustment Course I A Hole Lieutenant I Spy Catching in Casablanca I Mount Pot Erupts I Captain Povey's Shop I Leading Seaman Goldstein's Party I The Invitation I The Cornish Exercise I A Strange Hobby I Mr Phillips Gets Engaged I The Sinking of The Bubble Car I Long John Pertwee I The Admiral's Accident Report I Over The Sea To Rosyth I The Return of Sir Frederick Flatley I The Ship's Concert

Christmas special 1962[edit | edit source]

S-01 unaired Calling The Antarctic - Not broadcast in the UK.

The TV Lark 1963[edit | edit source]


The TV Lark
Opening Night I The Prestige Show I Z Ambulances I House of Commons I Back to Portsmouth I On Safari I Ship Ahoy! I The Portarneyland Election I The Top Secret Rocket Trials I Back in the Navy

5th Series[edit | edit source]

(April 5th 1963 - May 10th 1963)

Navy Lark Season 5
First Day Out Of Dock I The New Barmaid I A Deliberate Bashing I Whittlesea Regatta I HMS Troutbridge Gets A Rocket I The Ghost Ship

6th Series[edit | edit source]

(September 27th 1963 - January 31st 1964)

Navy Lark Season 6
Wren Chasen Returns I On The Carpet I The Bungalese Spies I Troutbridge’s Party I Rescuing Admirals I Demise Of The Depth Charges I The Struggle For Promotion I Fred Computables I Stormy Weather I Chasing The Kepeac I The Submerged Island I The Sicilian Secret Agent I Germany's Troutbridge I Confirming Povey's Rank I The Calais Dock Strike I Johnson's Memoirs I The Emperor of Tratvia I Open Day I Stuck on a Sandbank

7th Series[edit | edit source]

(Jul 11th 1965 - October 3rd 1965)

Navy Lark Season 7
Taking Some Liberties I Smugglers in the Solent I Mr Murray is Victimised I The Poveys Move House I Captain Povey Reports Sick I Admiral Pertwee's Fleet I Let Loose with a Chopper I Making a Right Pig's Breakfast I The Mysterious Pudding Mine I The Hovercraft Training Course I Sabotaged Floggle-Toggle Box I The Portarneyland Training Excercise I Going on Leave to Croydon

Christmas Special 1965[edit | edit source]

S-02 unaired Not broadcast in UK.

8th Series[edit | edit source]

(September 4th 1966 - November 27th 1966)

Navy Lark Season 8
Searching for Their Ship (a.k.a. Where is Troutbridge?) I Float a Peddle Fiddle I Gumming Up the Works (a.k.a. A Sticky Business) I Buoys Will Be Buoys I Steamship Day I Farewell to HMS Varsity I Blowing Themselves Up (a.k.a. The Army Lark) I Buying Tickets (a.k.a. Just the Ticket) I Mr Phillips’ Promotion I Pertwee and the Tratvian Beer I The PM Papa I Getting Rid of Pertwee I Off to Sea at Last

9th Series[edit | edit source]

(July 2nd 1967 - November 12th 1967)

Navy Lark Season 9
Back from the Antartic I Fishing in Troubled Waters I Cleaning Up I Doing a Distracial I The Naval Review I Going Caravaning I Having a Bit of Trouble with the French ; Tangling with the Law I Mr Murray's Endurance Course I Women in the Wardroom I Troutbridge's Silver Jubilee I Computerising I A Russian Rendezvous I The Bugged and Burgled Beer I Picking up the Poppadom I Cuthbert Joins the Navy I The Flying Machine I Sub Lt. Phillips at Dartmouth I A Fishy Business I Troutbridge in Quarantine

10th Series 1968[edit | edit source]

(October 13th 1968 - February 9th 1969)

Navy Lark Season 10
Lighting Up I The Redundancy Drive I Dredging Their Way Through I Instructing Their New CO in the Ways I Visiting Broadstairs I Accredited I Have Been Appearing I Avoiding Redundancy I Have Been Exercising I Crashing Their Way Through I Presented the Padre I Blowing Up I Shot At I Having Been Masquerading I Have Been Breaking Up I Weathering I Bunging Up I Assisting the Police with Their Enquiries for the Last Time in the Series

11th Series 1969[edit | edit source]

(December 28th 1969 - April 12th 1970)

Navy Lark Season 11
The Squatters I Admiral Hunting I The Promotion Ladder I Stranded I Sir Willoughby's Party I Fleet Initiative Test I C.P.O. Pertwee's Long Service Medal I The Phenomenal Pertwee Tug I The Security Clampdown I The Anniversary and the Washing I The Forbodians Hijack Troutbridge I Getting Spliced i The Honeymooners Return i C.P.O. Pertwee and the Lead Half Crowns i Dartmouth Naval College Has Had A Narrow Escape I The Mark 31 Radar

12th Series 1971[edit | edit source]

(May 16th 1971 - July 25th 1971)

Navy Lark Season 12
The Put-A-Horse-Out-To-Graze Fund I Impressions For Survival I The Beard-Growing Race I The Mysterious Radio Signals I Operation Recovery I The Slogan Contest I Sir Willoughby at Shanghai I Operation Cowes Barge I Number One's Anniversary I The Loch Ness Monster I The Forbodian Attaché

13th Series 1972[edit | edit source]

(March 26th 1972 - June 18th 1972)

Navy Lark Season 13
The TV Documentary I The P.O.W. Escape Exercise I Number One's Married Quarters I Operating for Profit I The Bumble Spit Lighthouse Affair I The Tongipouhaha Treasure I The US Navigator Swap I Son of a Sea Lord I Hypnotising Ramona I The Master of Sardinia I Opportunity Knockers I Friday The 13th I The New NAAFI

14th Series 1973[edit | edit source]

(July 29th 1973 - October 21st 1973)

Navy Lark Season 14
The Montezuela Revolution I The Island Swordfish I Bunged in the Brig (a.k.a. Bunged in the Rattle) I Kidnapped Down Under (a.k.a. Kangaroo Polka) I The Digital Isles Go Unstable I Egbert Hitches a Ride I Povey an Admiral at Last I The Bergan Horse Trials I Captain Povey's Wig I Brain Pill I Operation Showcase (a.k.a. Demonstrating Their Fire Power) I Living the High Life (a.k.a. CPO Pertwee Yachtmonger) I The Talpinium Shell

15th Series 1975[edit | edit source]

(November 9th 1975 - January 18th 1976)

Season 15
Sequel to the Talpinium Shell I NANA I Helen, the New Wren I Relief for Station 150 I Black is Beautiful I Sidney and the Stamp I Riding to Victory (a.k.a. Commander Murray Becomes a Showjumper) I Horrible Horace I Officer's and Gent's Lib I The Case of the HGM Mark 5 I Uncle Wilberforce Pertwee

Special 1977[edit | edit source]

  • 245. S-03 Jul 16 77 Queen's Silver Jubilee Edition

References[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. Introduction
  2. Obituary of Ronnie Barker in The Times (small mention of The Navy Lark near the end of the first page)[1]
  3. Obituary of Tenniel Evens in The Independent
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