The Navy Lark Collection: Series 7: July - October 1965 Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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All 13 episodes from Series Seven of The Navy Lark – plus extra episode ‘The Route March’ and bonus material.
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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.
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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.Read more ›
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.
This brings back so many excellent memories and is guaranteed to lift the mood aprticularly on a dark and grey winters day.
"left hand down a bit"!
I think it is wonderful that the BBC are making great efforts to reissue all the Navy Lark recordings in boxed sets in chronological order, with restored amateur radio recordings where possible to replace those missing from the BBC archives. In the past, where even that was not possible, scripts of missing episodes were included and a recording of 1 of these episodes from Series 2 is included here as it has come to light more recently. A similar bonus episode from Series 3 appeared in an earlier box set so it is hoped that one day all the gaps will be filled.
I can't wait for Series 8 to be issued!
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finished listening to it today, loved laughing all the way throughPublished 5 months ago by Joann W