VictorHALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 10 July 2010
Another excellent release of classic early `60's radio comedy from the BBC. This collection presents the last eleven extant episodes of series two of The Navy Lark, probably one of the most successful, long running and well loved radio series of all time. Telling the adventures of the crew of HMS Troutbridge - Fishing mad Commander Stanton, first officer Murray (permanently trying to keep the lid on the latest disaster), ladies man and lovable idiot sub lieutenant Philips (with Leslie Philips on fine `Cor - I say' form), scheming CPO Pertwee and put upon able seaman Johnson - and their commanding officer Commander `Thunderguts' Povey just looking for any chance to have the whole lot court martialled, this is a wonderful comedy that has really stood the test of time. As it has very few topical references it is just as funny today as when first broadcast. These early series had a humour based on clever plots and characterisations, and are my favourites. The later series of Navy Lark relied a bit too much on silly voices and slapstick, I much prefer the clever writing on offer here.
As with the `Round The Horne' and ongoing `Goon Show' releases, these have been restored to their best possible quality by Ted Kendall. But please bear in mind the source of the material, some of it comes from off air recordings, so even with the best of restoration it occasionally sounds a bit rough. I must say that the quality of this release is head and shoulders above the rest, in comparison the quality is superb.
The eleven episodes are presented on six discs, each in a separate card slipcase. The twelfth episode is present as a PDF of the script. There is also an extra in the form of an episode recorded at a special concert for the WRENs.Read more ›
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