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The Navy Lark

BBC Light Programme and BBC Radio 2 sitcom about life on the waves. 241 episodes (15 series), 1959 - 1977.

Series 12, Episode 8 is repeated on Radio 4 Extra on Friday at 8am.

The Navy Lark - 60th Anniversary Special Edition

The Navy Lark - 60th Anniversary Special Edition

A 60th anniversary collection of selected Navy Lark episodes and bonus programmes.

March 2019 will mark 60 years since the very first episode of The Navy Lark was broadcast in 1959. This classic sitcom - based around life on the British Royal Navy frigate the HMS Troutbridge - continued until 1977 and starred Leslie Phillips, Jon Pertwee, and Stephen Murray, with regular appearances from other stars including Ronnie Barker and Heather Chasen.

This bumper extended collection features 17 episodes from across the series, including Left Hand Down A Bit, a feature programme in which Leslie Phillips takes listeners on a voyage through six classic episodes of the iconic series:

Operation Fag End (January 1959)
The Hank Of Heather (April 1959)
The Lighthouse Lark (January 1960)
A Deliberate Bashing (April 1963)
Mr. Phillips At Dartmouth (October 1967)
The Jubilee Navy Lark (July 1977)

Plus extra bonus programmes which will allow listeners to dip their toes into the water of this classic comedy, such as a mini-episode from The Light Entertainment Show; two cross-over episodes from spin-off series The Embassy Lark featuring the beloved Navy Lark characters; and a discussion from Farewell To The Paris featuring Leslie Phillips and Jon Pertwee as they reminisce about making the series.

First published: Thursday 7th March 2019

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