HMS Troutbridge sails Back From the Antarctic - the long
way round - with a mini armada in tow, "a floating international
breakers yard". In the Naval Review the harbour empties and
nobody seems to know where all the ships have gone. When Troutbridge's
Silver Jubilee rolls around Chief Petty Officer Pertwee steals
his colleagues clothes - but why? And Sub-Lieutenant Phillips
at Dartmouth sees the navy's worst navigator go back to school
to learn his trade, with no sign of improvement...
show was originally conceived in 1958 as a vehicle for Jon
Pertwee by writer Laurie Wyman. Once he'd secured his leading
man he set off to collect the remainder of his crew. "I felt
we needed an idiot, and there was no one better at playing
idiots than Leslie Phillips - so we got him," explained Wyman.
The show was a runaway success for almost 20 years and spawned
several sequels and spin offs including The Embassy Lark
and The Big Business Lark. There was also The TV
Lark, which was intended as a direct replacement for the
radio show's fifth season. The idea behind the TV show was
that the crew of HMS Troutbridge had been drummed out
the navy and had washed up in a television station.
just ten episodes the crew were back on board their ship and
the TV endeavour ended in favour of the more popular wireless
adventures. For Chief Petty Officer Pertwee, Sub-Lieutenant
Phillips, Number One and Captain Povey it was back to sea
four episodes on this volume are good, solid Navy Lark
from 1967. And while they'll not be converting people
into new fans they'll certainly be entertaining those listeners
who've already set sail on HMS Troutbridge.
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