The Navy Lark: Collected Series 11: Classic Comedy from the BBC Radio Archive (Unabridged edition)

The Navy Lark: Collected Series 11: Classic Comedy from the BBC Radio Archive (Unabridged edition)

By: Lawrie Wyman (author), Stephen Murray (reader), Jon Pertwee (reader), Full Cast (reader)Audio Book

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All 16 episodes from the eleventh series of the hugely popular, long-running BBC radio comedy starring Stephen Murray, Leslie Phillips and Jon Pertwee This box set comprises the episodes Commander Murray and the Squatters; What is the SSE?; Pertwee Climbs Up the Promotion Ladder; Stranded; Sir Willoughby's Party; The Fleet Initiative Test; CPO Pertwee's Long Service Medal; The Phenomenal Pertwee Tug; The Security Clampdown; The Anniversary and the Washing; The Forbodians Hijack Troutbridge; Number One Gets Married; The Honeymooners Return; CPO Pertwee and the Lead Half Crowns; Sub-Lt Phillips to Leave for Dartmouth and The Mark 31 Radar. Bonus items include Alastair Scott Johnston's introductions and sign-offs to two of the double recording sessions, plus outtakes from several shows. A PDF booklet is also included, featuring a detailed history of the development of this series of The Navy Lark, cast biographies,an episode guide and a special episode guide for The Big Business Lark (episodes not included). Stephen Murray, Leslie Phillips and Jon Pertwee star, with Richard Caldicot, Heather Chasen, Tenniel Evans and Michael Bates, in these classic episodes of hilarity on the high seas.

About Author

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.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781785291753
  • Format: Audio Book
  • running time: 500
  • ID: 9781785291753
  • weight: 215
  • ISBN10: 1785291750
  • edition: Unabridged edition

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