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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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-= 29 October 2016 =-

The Navy Lark Series 15 + Jubilee Special

Due for release 1st June 2017

The Navy Lark Series 15

Jon Pertwee, Leslie Phillips and Stephen Murray star in the complete Series 15 of the fondly remembered nautical radio sitcom. All eleven episodes of this, the final full series from 1976, are included, alongside the 1977 Jubilee special and other bonus items. Duration: 7 hours approx.

Jon Pertwee, Leslie Phillips and Stephen Murray star in the complete Series 15. The Navy Lark is the second longest-running comedy in British radio history (the topical Friday night show, Week Ending, which ran from 1970 to 1998, is currently the longest). In 1958, writer Laurie Wyman announced that he wanted to build a series around talented comic actor Jon Pertwee. Having secured Pertwee as the lead, he looked for other main characters and is quoted in the Radio Times as saying 'I felt we needed an idiot, and there was no one better at playing idiots than Leslie Phillips - so we got him.' The first episode of the series went out on 29 March 1959 and, from the start, the light-hearted and affectionate spoof on the Senior Service won many fans - some of the highest order! On the occasion of the show's 21st anniversary, for example, the crew were asked by WRNS to put on a special performance. They duly obliged, and in the audience that night at the Royal Festival Hall was Her Royal Highness the Queen Mother. Sir Charles Lambe, who was the first Sea Lord at the time, had also visited the studio during rehearsal. The crew of HMS Troutbridge were a motley bunch: Jon Pertwee, who actually served in the Navy during the Second World War, played the conniving Petty Officer and was established as a household favourite by the series. Leslie Phillips was the vague chinless wonder Sub-Lieutenant. His parrot cry of 'left hand down a bit' has passed into A Dictionary of Catch Phrases, whose author Eric Partridge writes 'within two years, it was a standard piece of Navalese'. The young Ronnie Barker (long before attaining fame as a television comedy actor) also appeared in the series, playing two parts: (Un)Able Seaman Fatso Johnson and Lieutenant-Commander Stanton. The Navy Lark gripped the nation for the best part of twenty years. Its signature tune, composed by Tommy Reilly and James Moody, was the jaunty Trade Wind Hornpipe and did much to contribute to the popularity of the series. The key to the show's popularity, though, was its irreverent but essentially gentle humour and, most of all, the many-voiced talents of its stars. As Leslie Phillips remarked in 1987, 'I caused more damage to Naval property than the Navy had done in two world wars'. The final episode was broadcast on 18 January 1976. However, the crew all jumped on board one last time for a Jubilee Special on 16 July 1977.



-= 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.


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