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The Navy Lark, one of radio's longest running laughter-makers, kept the nation on the crest of a wave from 1959 to 1977. All at sea in the Senior Service were conniving Chief Petty Officer Jon Pertwee, silly-ass Sub-Lieutenant Leslie Phillips, and the constantly bemused Stephen Murray as 'Number One'. Tenniel Evans made mischief as Leading Seaman Goldstein, and Ronnie Barker played Able Seaman Fatso Johnson and Engineer Queeg, a man permanently out of his depth. Jump on deck and join them once again in these classic capers, as the crew return towing a flotilla; the Fleet abandons Troutbridge; Pertwee borrows the ship's silver tea service; and Phillips reminisces about his youth. The episodes are: 'Back from the Antarctic' (2 July 1967); 'The Naval Review' (30 July 1967); 'Troutbridge's Silver Jubilee' (10 September 1967) and 'Sub Lt. Phillips at Dartmouth' (29 October 1967).Show more
In 'Women in the Wardroom' (Have Been Redecorating) (3rd September 1967), the wardroom is in a mess and needs to be refurnished. Unfortunately, Murray gives an inebriated Pertwee the fund money to make the necessary purchases. In 'Cecil the Navigation Computer' (Computerising) (17th September 1967) , Cecil, a new combination of computer and teleprinter, is to be tested on Troutbridge. And Cecil also has a memory bank that can answer any question... In 'A Russian Rendezvous' (Seeing Red) (24th September 1967), Troutbridge must take Sir Willoughby, a high-ranking VIP, to a top secret rendezvous. They head for the North Sea where the sealed orders are to be opened. In 'The Flying Machine' (Frustrating the Spark of Invention) (22nd October 1967), the Chief decides that they should enter the Man-Powered Flight Competition, and a one-man helicopter is built in Troutbridge's hold using numerous items stolen from the crew: the Padre's mini bicycle, Murray's golf clubs and Leslie's pyjamas. Will it take off? Four classic comedy episodes from series nine of 'The Navy Lark'.Show more
Jon Pertwee, Leslie Phillips, Stephen Murray and Ronnie Barker star in four hilarious BBC radio episodes - including the special Queen's Silver Jubilee edition. 'Stormy Weather''/Bashing Six Kinds of Brick Dust' (22 November 1963): Heather has a dust up with Sub-Lieutenant Phillips about their engagement. Will he ever pop the question? 'Chasing the Kepeac'/'Doing an Unfortunate' (29 November 1963): The Admiral orders Captain Povey to search for a 'ghost ship', but it's so foggy that Phillips can't see what his left-hand-down-a-bit is doing. Luckily, Phillips knows exactly where they are - lost. 'Smugglers in the Solent'/'Taking Some Liberties' (18 July 1965): Customs and Excise ask HMS Troutbridge to help stop a small boat landing contraband on the Isle of Wight. Why is Pertwee acting so nervously? And will Phillips' date be waiting for his return? 'The Jubilee Navy Lark - The Queen's Silver Jubilee Edition'/'The BBC are Sending the Bill to Buckingham Palace' (16 July 1977): There's a rail strike and the entire crew can't get back to the Royal Yacht Britannia. The Admiral suggests a relief crew is provided, but the only ship left in port is HMS Troutbridge... These four episodes also feature Richard Caldicot, Heather Chasen, Tenniel Evans and Michael Bates.Show more
Jon Pertwee, Leslie Phillips, Stephen Murray and Ronnie Barker star in four classic radio episodes. 'Steamship Day'/Charitably Taking Part' (2 October 1966): It's the annual charity event, Steamship Day, and CPO Pertwee offers to supply the fireworks. But they look remarkably similar to Troutbridge's distress flares... 'A Fishy Business'/'Frying Up' (5 November 1967): CPO Pertwee's latest plan is to open up a fish and ship shop on Nunkie's tug. But why does using depth charges get him his supply of fish? 'Troutbridge in Quarantine''/Have Been Painting Pink Spots' (12 November 1967): In the last episode of the ninth series, the Admiral wants Troutbridge repainted so it looks smart for a NATO exercise. But Pertwee's just sold all the paint in order to clear his bar bill... 'Troutbridge Electrifies Portsmouth'/'Lighting Up' (13 October 1968): In the first episode of the tenth series, Troutbridge returns to port after months away. But Mr Phillips has upset the dockyard electricians. Also featuring Richard Caldicot, Heather Chasen, Tenniel Evans and Michael Bates.Show more
Jon Pertwee, Leslie Phillips, Stephen Murray and Ronnie Barker star in these four hilarious radio episodes. 'Secret Mission to Calais'/'Working Their Passage' (25 March 1960): The Admiral foists a 'ticklish job' from the Diplomatic Service on Povey: collect somebody who has got out of 'you know where' from France - at the same time as Pertwee needs to get Pierre home. 'The Sabotaged Floggle-Toggle Box'/'Floggle Toggling Their Way Through' (19 September 1966): Mr Queeg and 'the Lad' believe that there has been a case of sabotage aboard Troutbridge when iron filings are found in the frigate's floggle-toggle box. 'Jigsaws and Jemmies'/'Doing a Disastrical' (23 July 1967): Somebody has tried to break into the new WREN's quarters, and a bag of tools marked 'CPO P' has been found. Is it the work of the Chinese People's Observation Patrol, or is the culprit closer to home? 'The Mickey Mouse Toothbrush'/'Bunging Up' (2 February 1969): Mr Phillips has trouble with the plumbing when he bungs up his basin plug hole with his Mickey Mouse toothbrush. But the toothbrush trouble doesn't stop there... With Richard Caldicot, Heather Chasen, Tenniel Evans and Michael Bates.Show more
Jon Pertwee, Leslie Phillips, Stephen Murray and Ronnie Barker star in four more hilarious radio episodes. 'Troutbridge's Party'/''Finding Their Way Through' (18 October 1963): A peeved Pertwee is barred from a wardroom celebration for Admiral Sir Benjamin Troutbridge. 'Rescuing Admirals'/ 'Working Their Passage' (25 October 1963): The crew need to rescue two of the top brass from a lighthouse, Pertwee meets his uncle and an old face sails back. 'Captain Povey Reports Sick'/'Doing a Mischief' (8 August 1965): When the Captain catches a cold, Murray takes over and chaos ensues. Then Troutbridge is sent out to sea to look for a stranded boat - which, thanks to Mr Phillips, they can't find. 'The Relief of the Weather Ship'/'Weathering' (26 January 1959): Troutbridge needs to take a professor out to their weather ship urgently. However, the Professor turns out to be a rather attractive woman who catches the eye of the crew... With Richard Caldicot, Heather Chasen, Tenniel Evans and Michael Bates.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
All 20 episodes from the ninth series of this much-loved BBC radio classic comedy starring Stephen Murray, Leslie Phillips and Jon Pertwee. This set contains the episodes Back from the Antarctic, Fishing off the Faroes, A Filthy Ferryboat, Jigsaws and Jemmies, The Naval Review, The Curious Caravan Case, Frenchmen in J.41, The Police Drop In, Mr Murray's Endurance Course, Women in the Wardroom, Troutbridge's Silver Jubilee Party, CECIL The Navigation Computer, A Russian Rendezvous, The Bugged and Burgled Beer, Picking up the Poppadom, Cuthbert Joins the Navy, The Flying Machine, When Sub Lt Phillips Was at Dartmouth, A Fishy Business and Troutbridge in Quarantine. With a starring cast of Stephen Murray, Leslie Phillips and Jon Pertwee, ably supported by Richard Caldicot, Heather Chasen, Ronnie Barker, Tenniel Evans and Michael Bates, The Navy Lark remains buoyant after all these years.Show more
The Navy Lark, one of radio's longest-running laughter-makers, kept the nation on the crest of a wave from 1959 to 1977. All at sea in the Senior Service were conniving Chief Petty Officer Jon Pertwee, silly-ass Sub-Lieutenant Leslie Phillips, and the constantly bemused Stephen Murray as 'Number One'. Tenniel Evans was making mischief as Leading Seaman Taffy Goldstein. Jump on deck and join them once more in this special collection featuring Ronnie Barker as Engineer Queeg, a man always out of his depth. In these classic capers, Leslie buys a bicycle, Troutbridge sails to France carrying the Prime Minister's advisor, Goldstein schemes to get the CPO's job, and the ship suffers a mysterious mechanical breakdown when Pertwee decides its next mission is doomed. The episodes are: 'Taking Some Liberties' (11 July 1965); 'The PM Papa' (13 November 1966); 'Getting Rid of Pertwee' (20 November 1966) and 'Off to Sea at Last' (27 November 1966).Show more
The Navy Lark, one of radio's longest running laughter-makers, kept the nation on the crest of a wave from 1959 to 1977. All at sea in the Senior Service were conniving Chief Petty Officer Jon Pertwee, silly-ass Sub-Lieutenant Leslie Phillips with his cry of 'Left hand down a bit!', and the constantly bemused Stephen Murray as 'Number One'. Tenniel Evans made mischief as Leading Seaman Goldstein, and Ronnie Barker played (barely) Able Seaman Fatso Johnson and Engineer Queeg, a man permanently out of his depth. Set sail with them once more in these hilarious episodes as the crew head back to Portsmouth by train - only to find Troutbridge is elsewhere; the Admiral proposes Troutbridge for a top secret exercise to recover a space capsule; Murray's courtship of Heather is frustrated by Pertwee; and Troutbridge prepares to take two ambassadorial passengers back to Tratvia for a trade festival. Includes: 'Searching for their Ship'/'Where is Troutbridge' (4 September 1966); 'Buoying Up'/'Buoys Will Be Buoys' (25 September 1966); 'Buying Tickets'/'Just the Ticket' (23 October 1966) and 'Pertwee and the Tratvian Beer' (6 November 1966).Show more
Stephen Murray, Leslie Phillips, Jon Pertwee and Tenniel Evans star in four episodes of the classic BBC radio sitcom.Helen, the New Wren (23 Nov 1975)Black is Beautiful (7 Dec 1975)Sidney and the Stamp (14 Dec 1975)Commander Murray Becomes a Showjumper (7 Dec 1975)The crew of HMS Troutbridge return in these four classic episodes of the long-running comedy series. Two new WRENs arrives on the scene, and Mr Murray becomes green-eyed at an apparent love rival. The First Sea Lord appeals for anyone to locate his missing son, and CPO Pertwee tries to capitalise on a resemblance to Mr Phillips. Later Mr Phillips becomes one half of a vent act, and Mr Murray competes to be Naval Horseman of the Year. As ever, nothing goes quite according to plan…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
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