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A 60th anniversary celebration of the much-loved nautical comedy, featuring seventeen 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 seventeen 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 eleven 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!Show more
Four vintage episodes from the classic seafaring sitcom, including the original pilot episode and the final regular episode Operation Fag End ('Working Their Passage') 5 April 1959 New head honcho Commander Povey is heading to the island to inspect the crew - just as Pertwee's consignment of 50,000 smuggled cigarettes is about to arrive... The Bugged and Burgled Beer ('Bugging') 1 October 1967 Pertwee has a purchasing problem: the two cases of beer he sold to his customers have ended up in Povey's custody. Can a bugging device help him recover his haul? Number One's Anniversary ('Biff Boff Boffing Their Way Through') 11 July 1971 With his first wedding anniversary approaching, Mr Murray is in a bad mood - and Captain Povey is in trouble after switching the photos of two applicants for his wife's advertisement for an au pair. Captain Wilberforce Pertwee ('Having a History Lesson')18 January 1976 After Pertwee's ingenious defence gets Phillips acquitted at a court martial, he recounts how he got his inventiveness from his wily Great-Great-Grandfather Wilberforce Pertwee. Starring Jon Pertwee, Leslie Phillips, Richard Caldicot, Stephen Murray and Tenniel Evans, with Dennis Price, Ronnie Barker, Michael Bates, Heather Chasen, Pamela Buck, Norma Ronald and April Walker.Show more
Jon Pertwee, Leslie Phillips and Stephen Murray star in four more classic episodes of the much-loved nautical comedyHijacked! ('Working Their Passage') 13 October 1961Mr Merrivale of Naval Expenditure decides to split up the troublesome crew of HMS Troutbridge, but a plan to remove the ship while they are away on leave goes somewhat awry...Admiral Troutbridge ('Working Their Passage') 20 October 1961At a nosh-up for the late Admiral's 220th birthday, Pertwee has a historical tale to tell, and relates the true story of the events of 1797.The Smugglers Return ('Dredging Their Way Through') 27 October 1968When HMS Troutbridge accidentally knocks a customs officer into the dock, the crew must rescue him from one side while hastily dumping their smuggled contraband over the other...Commander Trotter Takes Charge ('Instructing Their New CO In The Ways Of ') 3 November 1968With Commander Bell away on compassionate leave, the crew are allocated a new CO - Commander Trotter, who hasn't been to sea in years.Starring Jon Pertwee, Leslie Phillips and Stephen Murray, with Ronnie Barker, Richard Caldicot, Heather Chasen, Tenniel Evans, Michael Bates and Judy Cornwall.Show more
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.Show more
Mary Wimbush stars as unconventional psychoanalyst sleuth Mrs Bradley in these two full-cast dramatisations of stories by Gladys Mitchell. Colourful, cynical, intimidating and extremely intelligent, Mrs Bradley is one of the most unorthodox detectives in the history of Golden Age crime fiction. The heroine of 66 novels by Gladys Mitchell, she has also appeared in several radio adaptations and a BBC TV series starring Diana Rigg.In these two dramas, she puts her extraordinary mind to work investigating cases of disguise, dismemberment, mayhem and murder. In Speedy Death, a country house in the 1920s is rocked by a murder which takes place in a room which is first locked, then later unlocked. A startling secret is uncovered, and as fingers point and the suspects begin to turn on each other, another death occurs… The Mystery of a Butcher’s Shop sees Mrs Bradley probing some alarming events in the village of Wandles Parva, as Rupert Sethleigh goes missing and a headless body is found jointed in the butcher’s shop. These entertaining dramatisations, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1990 and 1991, star Mary Wimbush as Mrs Bradley, with Leslie Phillips as Carstairs. Classic Radio Crime: presenting vintage detectives for your investigation!Show more
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.Show more
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.Show more
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.Show more
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 hoursShow more
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.Show more
12 episodes of this much-loved BBC radio classic comedy starring Stephen Murray, Leslie Phillips and Jon Pertwee.All 10 episodes of Series Twelve are joined by 2 previously unpublished episodes from Series Three. 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: 6 hours approxShow more
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.Show more
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