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4.0 out of 5 stars The Navy Lark, Series 7 - Oh humgrummits, here we go again!, 17 Nov 2011
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Navy Lark Collection: Series 7: July - October 1965 (BBC Audio) (Audio CD)
Another excellent release of classic mid `60's radio comedy from the BBC. This collection presents the complete 13 episodes of series seven 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, 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. At this point in the series the humour started to derive from various funny voices and vocal tics rather than clever plotting and situations, but the episodes are still hysterically funny and keep me creased with laughter.

Series seven is business as usual, with navigational clangers, incompetent commanding officers and CPO Pertwee's shenanigans. There are a few nods to stories from earlier series, with the ongoing romance/engagement between Wren Chasen and Mr. Phillips being a loose story arc through the series. Also appearing in the series is Commander Bell, one of my favourite characters, whose disaster laden monologues are a joy to listen to and expertly delivered by the wonderful Ronnie Barker.

As with the `Round The Horne' and ongoing `Goon Show' releases, these have been restored to their best possible quality (by, I am assuming, Ted Kendall, though there is no information to this effect). 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 13 episodes are presented on seven discs. In a break from earlier releases these are in a spindle style audioboook case, which is unfortunately slightly larger than a normal CD case and so is not able to sit on my CD shelf alongside the previous releases. This ios a bit of a letdown for me, and will cost this release a star. The usual excellent informative booklet is present, but only as a PDF file on disk 1.

As an added bonus, and something that rates as a special event for an avid fan such as myself, there is a fourteenth bonus episode. This is a recently found recording of `The Route March', from series two. I have never heard this before and it was a real treat. I find it amazing that lost episodes are still turning up, and I am grateful to the series producers for adding it to this release rather than the obvious commercial choice of re-releasing an up dated series 2.

There is also a few more extras in the form of an overseas broadcast, and some recorded introductions from the transcription service, all of which are welcome to us Larkheads!

The 13 episodes are:

Series 7 Episode 01 `Taking Some Liberties'
Series 7 Episode 02 `Smugglers in the Solent'
Series 7 Episode 03 `Mr. Murray is Victimised'
Series 7 Episode 04 `The Poveys Move House'
Series 7 Episode 05 `Captain Povey Reports Sick'
Series 7 Episode 06 `Admiral Pertwee's Fleet'
Series 7 Episode 07 `Let Loose With A Chopper'
Series 7 Episode 08 `Making a Right Pig's Breakfast'
Series 7 Episode 09 `The Mysterious Pudding Mine'
Series 7 Episode 10 `The Hovercraft Training Course'
Series 7 Episode 11 `The Sabotaged Floggle-Toggle Box'
Series 7 Episode 12 `The Portarneyland Training Exercise'
Series 7 Episode 13 `Going On Leave To Croydon'

Well done BBC, keep them coming! And any chance of a release for `Men From The Ministry' or `I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again'???
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Navy Lark Series 7, 17 Nov 2011
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Mr. D. Matthews (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Navy Lark Collection: Series 7: July - October 1965 (BBC Audio) (Audio CD)
Episodes on this disc >

All 13 episodes from Series 7 plus
the previously missing episode 12 from Series 2 (1st January 1960) The Route March
and a few extras including Hitting the Ice Floe an Overseas Broadcast from 25 December 1965
and Transcription Service Introductions for Series 7 episodes 3-11 & 13. For those unfamiliar with the Transcription Service, this was a BBC in house facility for transfering to disc or recording often slightly shorter versions of programmes for use by overseas broadcasters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where is it ?., 24 Jan 2014
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Mr. M. Harrington (uk) - See all my reviews
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What has happened to the release of this item we should have had it last year.Come on B.B.C. Play fair with your customers who have collected all the previous collections.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NAVY LARK 7, 14 Dec 2011
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ANOTHER SERIES OF ONE OF THE BEST COMEDIES PRODUCED BY BBC RADIO. IT IS A LITTLE BIT DATED BUT FOR AFFICIONADOS IT IS AN ABSOLUTE MUST. IT'S JUST A PITY THAT A LOT OF THE EPISODES HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY RELEASED AS DOUBLE CD RELEASES BY THE BEEB.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The good old Radio, 3 Jan 2014
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As ever this was regular listening when I was a kid and radio was the prime tool of our entertainment as Tv was in its infancy.

Still a good laugh even nearly 60 years on - don't make them like this any more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, 9 Oct 2013
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K. Albon (Beds. England) - See all my reviews
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love the navy lark and this is the next series in the collection very funny and has me laughing everytime
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4.0 out of 5 stars Navy Lark, 30 July 2013
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Have fond memories of the series in the sixties on Sunday afternoons on the BBC. Still finding this very amusing and a delight to listen to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Navy Lark 7, 22 April 2013
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An awesome collection. It is so funny. I nearly died laughing. The old ones are the best. I give it -Top marks!
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, we listen in car, 27 Sep 2014
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ordered in error by my husband on my account, changed to his own account.
brilliant, we listen in car.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 24 July 2014
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Just love The Navy Lark. Sadly I already have these episodes . They can stay in the car .
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