Radio's longest running sitcom, sailing the airwaves for nearly
20 years, was originally based on Jon Pertwee's personal experiences
in World War 2. During his time in the Navy, Pertwee joined
the cast of the naval radio show HMS Waterlogged after
his senior officer had sent him to check the show for inappropriate
jokes. After leaving the forces, Pertwee appeared in various
other radio productions until The Navy Lark was created
as a vehicle for his acting talents in 1959...
Four - Volume One of The Navy Lark features 14
episodes. The majority of the instalments included have not
been previously released, and the rare recordings have been
digitally remastered to provide the best possible reproduction.
The box also contains an illustrated booklet with a detailed
series history and cast biographies.
from Leave (originally broadcast 15 September 1961): The
crew of Troutbridge return to Portsmouth to discover
that they have an attractive WREN, Judy Cornwell, and that
Potarneyland is celebrating a year of independence.
Povey's Spy (originally broadcast 22 September 1961):
Rear Admiral Ironbridge is look for fresh blood in Naval Intelligence
and plans to send a scout called Lt Evans down to Portsmouth
to look for potential material aboard Troutbridge.
Secret of Nessie's Youth (originally broadcast 29 September
1961): Troutbridge has been floating aimlessly in the
North Sea for days with two strange passengers: a professor
and his assistant who want to investigate the Loch Ness Monster.
Northampton Hunt Ball (originally broadcast 06 October 1961):
A good deed by CPO Pertwee results in an invitation to a high
class function - which by amazing coincidence Mr Phillips
has also been invited to as a family friend.
(originally broadcast 13 October 1961): Mr Merrivale of Naval
Expenditure decides that it is time that the crew of Troutbridge
were disbanded and gives Captain Povey the job of removing
the ship while his victims are away on leave.
Troutbridge (originally broadcast 20 October 1961): Celebrating
the birthday of the late Admiral Sir Benjamin Troutbridge,
the crew become curious about the fate of this legendary figure
from the late eighteenth century.
and Reservations (originally broadcast 27 October 1961):
Povey has to endure the annual visit of his sister-in-law
which leads to a situation that can only be resolved by the
reassignment of Captain Franklyn "Snogger" Pettigreaves.
on the High Seas (originally broadcast 03 November 1961):
When Pertwee learns that AB Johnson's Mum Min still has her
Humgrummit farm, he considers the lucrative international
market of frozen transatlantic exports.
Captain and Mrs Povey Married? (originally broadcast 10
November 1961): The Poveys plan to celebrate their fifteenth
wedding anniversary on the exact spot where they were married
at sea by a liner captain... until Mr Phillips checks his
maps and makes a discovery.
Cameras at Sea (originally broadcast 17 November 1961):
Mr Nigel Scott-Hanson from commercial television arrives to
research a new naval sitcom called Muck Mates and Povey
carefully selects the frigate for the camera crews to work
Civilian Adjustment Course (originally broadcast 24 November
1961): Mrs Murray receives a memo about a redundancy drive
by the Navy and so decides to consult Pertwee for the best
strategy to avoid a civilian life.
Hole Lieutenant (originally broadcast 01 December 1961):
Automation arrives in the naval records office in the form
of 'Fred's computicals' - which means chaos for the newly
promoted Lt Phillips when Pertwee loses his record card.
Catching in Casablanca (originally broadcast 08 December
1961): Troutbridge is sent on a secret mission to pick
up an Interpol agent in Casablanca and return them to England,
involving the crew in intrigue at Sam's bar...
Pot Erupts (originally broadcast 15 December 1961): Sir
Frederick Flatley is appointed the new ambassador to Potarneyland,
but his planned arrival coincides with the regular volcanic
eruption of Mount Pot.
great to see the BBC releasing this series in chronological
order box sets. If you are a fan of The Navy Lark,
there really is no better way of owning these classic episodes.
And, as an added treat for fans, most of the episodes are
being released here for the first time.