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The Navy Lark


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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 Cmdr Stanton. The series was transmitted on the BBC Light Programme and subsequently BBC Radio 2. It was produced by Alastair Scott-Johnston, and written by Laurie Wyman (with George Evans from the 12th Series onwards). For most of its run, it starred Stephen Murray, Jon Pertwee and Leslie Phillips.

Programmes were self-contained, although there was continuity within the series, and there would sometimes be a reference to a previous episode. A normal episode consisted of silly-ass Sub Lieutenant Phillips, scheming Chief Petty Officer Pertwee and bemused Lt. Murray trying to get out of trouble they created for themselves without being found out by their direct superior, Commander (later Captain) “Thunderguts” Povey. Scenes were frequently stolen by a string of priceless eccentric characters,often played by Ronnie Barker.

* Dennis Price … Lieutenant Price (‘Number One’) (Series 1)
* Leslie Phillips … Sub Lieutenant Phillips
* Jon Pertwee … Chief Petty Officer Pertwee / Commander Weatherby / Vice-Admiral “Burbly” Burwasher
* Stephen Murray … Lt/Lt Commander Murray (‘Number One’)

* Richard Caldicot … Commander/Captain Povey
* Ronnie Barker … Able Seaman Johnson/Lt Commander Stanton / Commander Bell / Lieutenant Queeg
* Heather Chasen … Mrs. Ramona Povey / WREN Chasen / Lady Toddhunter-Brown

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