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The Navy Lark Series 7 - Episode 12/13. The Potarneyland Training Exercise. Phillips' navigation skills are hired to a foreign power, but diplomacy breaks down. Stars Leslie Phillips. From 26th September 1965.

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CPO Pertwee's Quote-a-matic


Ladies and Gentlemen We Present...

The Navy Lark


With our three stars Leslie Phillips, Stephen Murray and Jon Pertwee


The Navy Lark was a BBC radio comedy written by Laurie Wyman and George Evans about the crew of The Royal Navy frigate HMS Troutbridge and their mis-adventures.

The show was first aired on The Light Programme in 1959 and ran for thirteen series until 1976 making it the second longest running radio programme the BBC has made.

The main characters of The Navy Lark are: Cheif Petty Officer Pertwee, played by Jon Pertwee; Sub Lieutenant Phillips, played by Leslie Phillips and The Number One, which was played by Dennis Price in the first series and Stephen Murray from then on. The rest of the regular characters (too many to list here - see the cast and crew section) were played by Richard Caldicot, Ronnie Barker, Tenniel Evans, Michael Bates and Heather Chasen.



The different sections of this website are:

  • News - News about The Navy Lark
  • Episode Guide - A guide to all the episodes and series of The Navy Lark.
  • Film - The 1959 film version of The Navy Lark
  • Cast - A list of the actors that were in The Navy Lark and the parts they played
  • Characters - A list of characters from the show
  • Picture Gallery - A Picture Gallery of whatever pictures I can find to do with the show
  • HMS Troutbridge - Ports of Call - Links to other sites
  • Goldstein's Log - navylark.0catch.com's Guestbook
  • Site Map - A quick guide to the parts of the site

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-= 25 June 2016 =-

The Navy Lark Volume 31: Horrible Horace

Due for release on 2nd March 2017

The Navy Lark Volume 31: Horrible Horace

Four episodes of the much-loved classic BBC radio comedy series, set on and around the good ship HMS Troutbridge. Starring Jon Pertwee, Leslie Phillips, Stephen Murray, Ronnie Barker and cast.



-= 26 May 2016 =-

The Navy Lark: Collected Series 14

Due for release 01 December 2016


The Navy Lark Series 14

All 13 episodes of the 14th series of the classic nautical BBC radio comedy series, plus bonus features. 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 also includes a PDF booklet featuring a detailed history of the development of the series, cast biographies, and an episode guide. Duration: 7 hours approx.



-= 26 November 2015 =-

The Navy Lark: Volume 30 - A Sticky Business

Due for release 06 May 2016

Four episodes of the much-loved classic BBC radio comedy series, set on and around the good ship HMS Troutbridge. Starring Jon Pertwee, Leslie Phillips, Stephen Murray, Ronnie Barker and cast.

The episodes featured are: The Hovercraft Training Course (12 September 1965), A Sticky Business (18 September 1966), Operation Showcase (7 October 1973) and Relief for Station 150 (30 November 1975).



-= 04 October 2015 =-

The Navy Lark: Collected Series 13

Due for release 04 June 2016


The Navy Lark Series 13



-= 27 May 2015 =-

The Navy Lark: Collected Series 12

Due for release 04 February 2016


The Navy Lark Series 12


The twelveth series of this much-loved BBC radio classic comedy starring Stephen Murray, Leslie Phillips and Jon Pertwee.

No episode details yet


-= 14 MaY 2015 =-

Cover art for The Navy Lark: Collected Series 11. Due for release 01 October 2015.

The Navy Lark: Collected Series 11


-= 16 April 2015 =-

An Hour with Jon Pertwee. Available to listen on iplayer for 26 days.

An Hour with Jon Pertwee

The star of 'Doctor Who', 'The Navy Lark' and 'Worzel Gummidge', actor Jon Pertwee entertains an audience with his one-man biographical show - sharing tales from his very early days through to his career highlights.

Jon recalls life at school and in the navy during the war. Staying afloat, he moves onto working on popular BBC radio comedy The Navy Lark - and reveals how one of his co-stars was instrumental in him taking over from Patrick Troughton as Doctor Who for BBC TV in the 1970s.

Later when playing Worzel Gummidge for Southern TV, Jon loved being able to change heads - and he also reveals how he stood up to Kenneth Williams on a 'Carry On' film!


-= 17 March 2015 =-

Cover art for The Navy Lark: Collected Series 10. Due for release 11th June 2015.

The Navy Lark: Collected Series 10


-= 11 March 2015 =-

The Navy Lark: Collected Series 11

Due for release 01 October 2015


The Navy Lark Series 11


16 episodes from the eleventh series 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.

Lawrie Wyman conceived the format of The Navy Lark in the 1950s, and wrote the scripts with George Evans. The series ran until 1977 and was enormously popular with BBC radio audiences.

11th Series Episode List 1968-69

01 28 Dec 1969 The Squatters

02 4 Jan 1970 Admiral Hunting (a.k.a. What is the S.S.E.?)

03 11 Jan 1970 The Promotion Ladder

04 18 Jan 1970 Stranded

05 25 Jan 1970 StarrSir Willoughby's Party

06 1 Feb 1970 Fleet Initiative Test

07 8 Feb 1970 C.P.O. Pertwee's Long Service Medal

08 15 Feb 1970 The Phenomenal Pertwee Tug

09 22 Feb 1970 The Security Clampdown

10 1 Mar 1970 The Anniversary and the Washing

11 8 Mar 1970 The Forbodians Hijack Troutbridge

12 15 Mar 1970 Getting Spliced (a.k.a. Number One Gets Married)

13 22 Mar 1970 The Honeymooners Return

14 29 Mar 1970 C.P.O. Pertwee and the Lead Half Crowns

15 5 Apr 1970 Dartmouth Naval College Has Had a Narrow Escape (a.k.a. Sub-Lt Phillips to Leave for Dartmouth)

16 12 Apr 1970 The Mark 31 Radar


-= 19 Febraury 2015 =-

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�

The Navy Lark Volume 29: Helen, the New Wren.


-= 08 January 2015 =-

Cover art and listing for The Navy Lark Volume 29: Helen, the New Wren. Due for release 19 February 2015

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�

The Navy Lark Volume 29: Helen, the New Wren.


-= 20 December 2014 =-

Interview with Jon Pertwee and listing of The Navy Lark from the Radio Times, 22 December 1960.

Listing for The Navy Lark

Interview with Jon Pertwee


-= 29 November 2014 =-

Newly listed on Amazon.co.uk:

The Navy Lark: Collected Series 10

Due for release 18 Jun 2015


The Navy Lark Series 10


18 episodes from the tenth series 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.

10th Series Episode List 1968-69

01 13 Oct 1968 Lighting Up

02 20 Oct 1968 The Redundancy Drive

03 27 Oct 1968 The Smugglers Return

04 3 Nov 1968 Captain Trotter Takes Charge

05 10 Nov 1968 The Anti-Submarine Missile

06 17 Nov 1968 Accredited

07 24 Nov 1968 The South Kawowan Summit

08 1 Dec 1968 Pertwee's Enlistment Expires

09 8 Dec 1968 Capt. Povey Takes Over

10 15 Dec 1968 Sir Willoughby Goes to Kawowa

11 22 Dec 1968 The Padre's Birthday

12 29 Dec 1968 The Portsmouth Kiosk

13 5 Jan 1969 The Radio Beacon

14 12 Jan 1969 The Wrong Uniform

15 19 Jan 1969 Harold Wilson Reviews the Fleet

16 26 Jan 1969 Relief of the Weather Ship

17 2 Feb 1969 Bunging Up

18 9 Feb 1969 The Brick Smugglers


-= 07 October 2014 =-

Newly listed on Amazon.co.uk:

The Navy Lark Volume 29: Helen, the New Wren - due for release 19 February 2015

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Navy-Lark-29-episodes-classic/dp/1785290134

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�


-= 12 May 2014 =-

Newly listed on Amazon.co.uk:

The Navy Lark Series 9 - due for release 19th June 2014

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Navy-Lark-Collected-9/dp/1910281042/

Cover art for The Navy Lark: Series 9. Due out 19th June 2014


-= 25 April 2014 =-

Articles and Pictures from the The Radio Times - 09 October 1959


-= 14 April 2014 =-

Left Hand Down a Bit, with Leslie Phillips - The Navy Lark Special

Leslie Phillips recalls the classic comedy. Featuring episodes Operation Fag End, The Hank of Heather, The Lighthouse Lark, Mr Phillips at Dartmouth, The Jubilee Navy Lark and more.


-= 29 March 2014 =-

Signatures of The Navy Lark Cast:

Ronnie Barker, Leslie Phillips, Heather Chasen, Richard Caldicot, Stephen Murray, Michael Bates, Lawrie Wyman, Alastair Scott Johnson and Jon Pertwee.


-= 25 January 2014 =-

Troutbridge to set sail once again:

No dates confirmed yet but BBC Worldwide have confirmed that future releases of The Navy Lark are being planned.


-= 13 September 2013 =-

Cover art for The Navy Lark: Series 9. Due out 7th November 2013


-= 07 September 2013 =-

Article from the The Radio Times - 15 December 1960

-= 07 September 2013 =-

The Radio Times - 21 December 1961

-= 07 September 2013 =-

Article about The Navy Lark Film from Picturegoer 7 November 1959


-= 20 August 2013 =-

Episode info for The Navy Lark: Volume 28 - Troutbridge's Party. Due out 5th September 2013

Series 6, Episode 4 - 'Troutbridge's Party ('Finding Their Way Through'): A peeved Pertwee is barred from a wardroom celebration for Admiral Sir Benjamin Troutbridge.

Series 6, Episode 5 - 'Rescuing Admirals ('Working Their Passage')': The crew need to rescue two of the top brass from a lighthouse, Pertwee meets his uncle and an old face sails back.

Series 7, Episode 5 - 'Captain Povey Reports Sick ('Doing a Mischief')': 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.

Series 10, Episode 16 - 'The Relief of the Weather Ship ('Weathering')': Troutbridge needs to take out a professor to their weather ship urgently. However, the Professor turns out to be a rather attractive woman who catches the eye of the crew...


-= 18 July 2013 =-

Cover art for The Navy Lark: Volume 28 - Troutbridge's Party. Due out 5th September 2013


-= 29 June 2013 =-

Newly listed on Amazon.co.uk:

The Navy Lark (Collected Series) - due for release 7th November 2013

No details yet but should be the series 9 box set - update when known.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1471320146


-= 06 May 2013 =-

Newly listed on Amazon.co.uk:

The Navy Lark Volume 28: due for release 5 September 2013

It currently has the episodes for volume 26 in its description so no knowing what the actual episodes are at the moment - update when known.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Navy-Lark-28-Lawrie-Wyman/dp/1471331210

-= 14 April 2013 =-

Press sheet about the Navy Lark Film from 1959


-= 08 February 2013 =-

Cover art for The Navy Lark: Volume 27 - Have Been Masquerading. Due out 7th March 2013

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1471331180

Episodes according to the blurb on the BBC Shop:

Series 6, Episode 1 - Wren Chasen Returns

Series 6, Episode 2 - On the Carpet

Series 7, Episode 4 - The Poveys Move House

Series 10, Episode 14 - Mr Philips' Wrong Uniform


-= 20 January 2013 =-



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