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Navy Lark Old Time Radio Program

½ hour comedy episodes


The Navy Lark was a radio sit-com about life aboard a British Royal Navy frigate named HMS Troutbridge, 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.

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.

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

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.

The show was quite popular in England and spawned a number of sequals, 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.

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Navy Lark episode list 84 episodes


Navy 59.05.24 The Multiple Mines.mp3

Navy 59.10.16 New At The Helm.mp3

Navy 59.10.23 Fatso's Box Brownie.mp3

Navy 59.10.30 Bringing Back The Barge.mp3

Navy 59.11.06 The Mock Action.mp3

Navy 59.11.20 The Figurehead.mp3

Navy 59.12.18 Cementing Relations.mp3

Navy 60.01.29 Offtothelighthouse Bbc .mp3

Navy 60.12.14 Natojointexercise Bbc .mp3

Navy 61.02.22 Missingblankets Bbc .mp3

Navy 61.10.06 S04e04 The Northampton Hunt Ball.mp3

Navy 61.10.13 S04e05 Hijacked.mp3

Navy 61.10.20 S04e06 Admiral Troutbridge.mp3

Navy 61.10.27 S04e07 Relatives And Reservations.mp3

Navy 61.11.03 S04e08 Humgrummits On The High Seas.mp3

Navy 61.11.10 S04e09 Are Captain And Mrs Povey M.mp3

Navy 61.11.17 S04e10 Cine Cameras At Sea.mp3

Navy 61.11.24 S04e11 The Citizen Adjustment Course.mp3

Navy 61.12.01 S04e12 A Hole Lieutenant.mp3

Navy 61.12.08 S04e13 Spy Catching In Casablanca.mp3

Navy 61.12.15 S04e14 Mount Pot Erupts.mp3

Navy 61.12.22 S04e15 Captain Povey's Shop.mp3

Navy 61.12.29 S04e16 Leading Seaman Goldstein's Party.mp3

Navy 62.01.26 S04e20 Mr Phillips Gets Engaged.mp3

Navy 62.02.02 S04e21 The Sinking Of The Bubble Car.mp3

Navy 62.02.09 Long Jonathan Pertwee.mp3

Navy 62.02.16 The Admiral's Accident Report.mp3

Navy 62.02.23 S04e24 Over The Sea To Rosyth.mp3

Navy 62.03.02 S04e25 The Return Of Sir Frederick.mp3

Navy 62.03.09 S04e26 The Ship's Concert.mp3

Navy 63.00.00.mp3

Navy 63.04.05 S05e01 First Day Out Of Dock.mp3

Navy 63.04.12 S05e02 100th Edition.mp3

Navy 63.04.19 S05e03 A Deliberate Bashing.mp3

Navy 63.04.26 S05e04 Whittlesea Regatta.mp3

Navy 63.05.03 S05e05 Hms Troutbridge Gets A Rocket.mp3

Navy 63.05.10 S05e06 The Ghost Ship.mp3

Navy 63.09.27 S06e01 Wren Chasen Returns.mp3

Navy 63.10.04 S06e02 On The Carpet.mp3

Navy 63.10.11 S06e03 The Bungalese Spies.mp3

Navy 63.10.25 S06e05 Rescuing Admirals.mp3

Navy 63.11.01 Demise Of The Depth Charges.mp3

Navy 63.11.08 The Struggle For Promotion.mp3

Navy 63.12.20 Germany's Troutbridge.mp3

Navy 65.08.01 The Povey's Move House.mp3

Navy 65.08.08 S07e05 Captain Povey Reports Sick.mp3

Navy 65.08.22 Let Loose With A Chopper.mp3

Navy 65.09.05 S07e09 The Mysterious Pudding Mine.mp3

Navy 65.09.19 The Sabotaged Floggle - Toggle - Box.mp3

Navy 65.10.03 Going On Leave To Croydon.mp3

Navy 66.09.18 S08e03 Gumming Up The Works.mp3

Navy 66.09.25 S08e04 Buoys Will Be Buoys.mp3

Navy 66.10.02 S08e05 Steamship Day.mp3

Navy 66.10.09 S08e06 Farewell To Hms Varsity.mp3

Navy 66.10.16 Blowing Themselves Up.mp3

Navy 66.10.23 S08e08 Just The Ticket.mp3

Navy 66.10.30 Mr. Phillips Promotion.mp3

Navy 66.11.13 The Pm Papa.mp3

Navy 66.11.20 Getting Rid Of Pertwee.mp3

Navy 66.11.27 S08e13 Off To Sea At Last.mp3

Navy 67.07.02 S09e01 Back From The Antarctic.mp3

Navy 67.07.09 S09e02 Fishing In Troubled Waters.mp3

Navy 67.07.23 S09e04 Doing A Disastrical.mp3

Navy 67.07.30 S09e05 Deliberately Abandoned.mp3

Navy 67.08.06 S09e06 The Curious Caravan Case.mp3

Navy 67.08.13 S09e07 A Bit Of Trouble With The French.mp3

Navy 67.08.20 S09e08 Tangling With The Law.mp3

Navy 67.08.27 S09e09 Mr Murray's Endurance Course.mp3

Navy 67.09.03 S09e10 Women In The Wardroom.mp3

Navy 67.09.10 Troutbridge’s Silver Jubilee Party.mp3

Navy 67.09.17 Cecil The Navigation Computer.mp3

Navy 67.09.24 Seeing Red .mp3

Navy 67.10.01 S09e14 The Bugged And Burgled Beer.mp3

Navy 67.10.08 S09e15 Picking Up The Poppadom.mp3

Navy 67.10.15 Cuthbert Joins The Navy.mp3

Navy 67.10.16 Invitationtothehuntball Bbc .mp3

Navy 67.10.22 S09e17 The Flying Machine.mp3

Navy 67.10.29 S09e18 When Sub Lt Phillips Was At.mp3

Navy 67.11.05 S09e19 Frying Up.mp3

Navy 67.11.12 S09e20 Troutbridge In Quarantine.mp3

Navy 68.10.20 Theredundancyhearings Bbc .mp3

Navy 71.03.08 Spysonboard Bbc .mp3

Navy 71.05.03 Pertweethefundraiser Bbc .mp3

Navy 71.05.23 Thebarnyardconcert Bbc .mp3

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