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Publisher's Summary

A 60th anniversary celebration of the much-loved nautical comedy, featuring 17 classic episodes plus bonus material.

On 29 March 1959, The Navy Lark sailed the airwaves for the very first time. Starring Leslie Phillips, Jon Pertwee and Stephen Murray, with regular appearances from Ronnie Barker and Heather Chasen, it soon became a radio favourite and ran for 18 years - one of the longest-running radio sitcoms.

This 60th anniversary collection comprises 17 hilarious episodes - one from every series of the show, plus the pilot episode and the special Jubilee edition. We start with Operation Fag End (5 April 1959), 'The Hank of Heather' (17 May 1959), 'The Lighthouse Lark' (29 January 1960), 'A Deliberate Bashing' (19 April 1963), 'Mr Phillips at Dartmouth' (29 October 1967) and 'The Jubilee Navy Lark' (16 July 1977). The other 11 episodes included are: 'Commodore Goldstein' (22 February 1961), 'The Northampton Hunt Ball' (6 October 1961), 'Chasing the Kepeac' (29 November 1963), 'Let Loose with a Chopper' (22 August 1965), 'Mr Phillips’ Promotion' (30 October 1966), 'The Redundancy Drive' (20 October 1968), 'The Forbodians Hijack Troutbridge' (8 March 1970), 'Impressions For Survival' (23 May 1971), 'Friday the 13th' (11 Jun 1972), 'Povey - An Admiral at Last' (9 September 1973) and 'NANA' (16 November 1975).

Bonus items include a mini-episode from The Light Entertainment Show and two episodes from spin-off series The Embassy Lark: National Grumpshnog Week (series 1, 12 April 1966) and Sub-Lt Phillips Drops In (series 3, 16 April 1968). Plus, there’s a discussion from Bob Holness Presents: Farewell to the Paris, which sees Leslie Phillips and Jon Pertwee reminiscing about the making of The Navy Lark. As well as a 'lost' episode from season 2 of The Navy Lark: 'Return to Potarneyland', first broadcast on 26th February 1960. 

So step aboard HMS Troutbridge for laughs ahoy!

©2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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A life on the ocean wave

As an ex navybird I love these 1/2 hours of giggles. RIP all those that are no longer with us & good health to old Mr Phillios. Keft hand down a bit.

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  • 11-03-2020

18 episodes of Naval fun, 4 not so much.

Out of the 22 episodes I only dislike 4, 2 are not episodes but stage performances celebrating certain anniversaries with the BBC & 2 are for the Embassy Lark, which is distinctly weaker than the Navy Lark.
I am sure they will have their fans, but just weren't for me.
great value and a good edition to add with the other Navy Lark releases.
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  • 14-12-2020

Classic Comedy Gold,

This is wonderful ! The Performers are consistently brilliant and it is fascinating to see the Actors such as Jon Pertwee and Ronnie Barker building the foundations of their Careers, while Leslie Philips puts a deeper gloss on his sublime 'Brit Cad' ' Naughty but Naive ' Character he was to establish as definitive of the post World War Two period. The Scripts are still delightfully funny even after so many changes in Society and Social Norms, and while 'Attitudes' may have changed, it is obvious that the comedy here is written to laugh with never at all involved.
The 'pictures' conjured up show in some detail how Britain's People lived through a period of relentless change and the amazing resilience of the British and their Legendary sense of Humour,
This is a Cultural 'Gem' worthy of a place in anyone's 'Treasure Chest' !

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-02-2020

not bad ?

Not sure what I was expecting but didn't quite hit the mark ? ok ..but not great....not even "carry on standards...

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  • 29-12-2019

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For all those in peril on the sea
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-10-2019

Great entertainment

Fabulously hilarious and very entertaining. I’ve listened to this at work to make the days go by easier.

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  • 04-07-2019

A highly entertaining listen.

This collection of episodes from the Navy Lark was very enjoyable. The sound was rather good for its age and there are some brilliant voices and characters in this story too, particularly CPO Pertwee and the characters played by Ronnie Barker. The selection of episodes chosen was also good. On the whole this was a lot of fun.

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  • S. Bradnam
  • 09-04-2019

Not As Advertised.

Missing tracks/shows than what was advertised; poor show from the BBC - better buying the series box sets.

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