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The Embassy Lark
1960's British comedy set in a British Embassy

BBC Light Programme 1966

The Embassy Lark is a radio comedy series broadcast from 1966 to 1968 as a spin-off from The Navy Lark. It was written by Lawrie Wyman and starred Frank Thornton and Derek Francis. It was produced by Sir Alistair Scott-Johnston. Three series, of 13, 14 and 15 episodes, were made.

The show was set in the British Embassy in the fictional country of Tratvia and was concerned with the various (mis)adventures of the British Ambassador Sir Jeremy Crichton-Buller (Francis) and his First Secretary Henry Pettigrew (Thornton) as they tried to keep smooth relations between Tratvia, Whitehall and the other Embassies (China, the USSR and the U.S.). Plots included a sudden requirement to hold a multinational concert in Tratvia with a major hydro-electric contract going to the best entertainment, a boundary dispute over oil fields and numerous examples of the Tratvian authorities attempting to get as much money or services from the Embassy staff as possible. Although written as a broad farce and straight-ahead sitcom, there was thus an undercurrent of xenophobic satire also present. Tratvia was an absolute monarchy, ruled by the fat and greedy, but always very sly, King Hildebrand III. Although never specifically located, Tratvia seems likely to have been a loose parody of the Balkans.

Like all Wyman's comedy, a lot of mileage was gained from peculiar accents, with the other Ambassadors being the most frequent target. Unlike later spin-off The Big Business Lark, there was a crossover between this and the parent series with Francis appearing in both series and Leslie Phillips making an appearance in his Navy Lark character of "silly ass" Sub-Lieutenant Phillips in the spin-off. Also in one episode, HMS Troutbridge visits Tratvia with Ronnie Barker as Commander Bell and Able Seaman Johnson, Stephen Murray as Lt Murray and Lawrie Wyman as Tiddy all reprising characters from The Navy Lark though there were no other characters from the previous series in the show. Richard Caldicot and Heather Chasen also both appeared in separate episodes though not as their Navy Lark characters.

  1. The Embassy Lark - 0101 %2866-03-15%29 - The New Ambassador (13.7Mb)
  2. The Embassy Lark - 0102 %2866-03-22%29 - Overseas Economy (17.6Mb)
  3. The Embassy Lark - 0103 %2866-03-29%29 - Security (17.5Mb)
  4. The Embassy Lark - 0104 %2866-04-05%29 - The Princess (17Mb)
  5. The Embassy Lark - 0105 %2866-04-12%29 - The Survivor %28National Grumpshnog Week%29 (14.7Mb)
  6. The Embassy Lark - 0106 %2866-04-19%29 - A Trip to London (17.8Mb)
  7. The Embassy Lark - 0107 %2866-04-26%29 - The Spy (17Mb)
  8. The Embassy Lark - 0108 %2866-05-03%29 - The Tratvian Jails (15.8Mb)
  9. The Embassy Lark - 0109 %2866-05-24%29 - The Tratvian State Casino (15.2Mb)
  10. The Embassy Lark - 0110 %2866-05-17%29 - The Hydroelectric Scheme (15.4Mb)
  11. The Embassy Lark - 0111 %2866-05-24%29 - The Party (15.1Mb)
  12. The Embassy Lark - 0112 %2866-05-31%29 - Mr Pettigrew's Promotion (15.6Mb)
  13. The Embassy Lark - 0113 %2866-06-07%29 - The Turkish Ambassador (19.3Mb)
  14. The Embassy Lark - 0201 %2867-01-17%29 - The Grand Order (18.1Mb)
  15. The Embassy Lark - 0202 %2867-01-24%29 - The Wine Festival (17Mb)
  16. The Embassy Lark - 0203 %2867-02-14%29 - Economic Problems (16.2Mb)
  17. The Embassy Lark - 0204 %2867-02-07%29 - The Birthday Surprise (18.5Mb)
  18. The Embassy Lark - 0205 %2867-02-14%29 - Parking Problems (17.9Mb)
  19. The Embassy Lark - 0206 %2867-02-21%29 - Kremlin Crackling (16.9Mb)
  20. The Embassy Lark - 0207 %2867-02-28%29 - The Oil Rig (17.8Mb)
  21. The Embassy Lark - 0208 %2867-03-07%29 - The Launching (16.3Mb)
  22. The Embassy Lark - 0209 %2867-03-14%29 - The Missing Document (15.5Mb)
  23. The Embassy Lark - 0210 %2867-03-21%29 - The Student Relative (25Mb)
  24. The Embassy Lark - 0211 %2867-03-28%29 - The French Ambassador (9.1Mb)
  25. The Embassy Lark - 0212 %2867-04-04%29 - Power Cuts (9.9Mb)
  26. The Embassy Lark - 0213 %2867-04-11%29 - The Comprehensive School %28Compulsory Purchase%29 (18Mb)
  27. The Embassy Lark - 0214 %2867-04-18%29 - The Waffle Bird Hoot (17.4Mb)
  28. The Embassy Lark - 0301 1968 03 05 s03e01 The King's Hostess (20.1Mb)
  29. The Embassy Lark - 0302 1968 03 12 s03e02 A Question of Convenience (18.7Mb)
  30. The Embassy Lark - 0303 1968 03 19 s03e03 Sir Jeremy Goes on Holiday (19.4Mb)
  31. The Embassy Lark - 0304 1968 03 26 s03e04 Up The Pole (29.6Mb)
  32. The Embassy Lark - 0305 1968 04 02 s03e05 The Leak (18.4Mb)
  33. The Embassy Lark - 0306 1968 04 09 s03e06 The China Figures (18.9Mb)
  34. The Embassy Lark - 0307 1968 04 16 s03e07 Sub Lt Philips Drops (19.3Mb)
  35. The Embassy Lark - 0308 1968 04 23 s03e08 The GNIT Regalia (19Mb)
  36. The Embassy Lark - 0309 1968 04 30 s03e09 The Picnic (20.8Mb)
  37. The Embassy Lark - 0310 1968 05 07 s03e10 The Embassy Party (20Mb)
  38. The Embassy Lark - 0311 1968 05 14 s03e11 Mr Pettigrews Life Story (21Mb)
  39. The Embassy Lark - 0312 1968 05 21 s03e12 The Temporary British Embassy (20.3Mb)
  40. The Embassy Lark - 0313 1968 05 28 s03e13 An Every Day Story (20.9Mb)
  41. The Embassy Lark - 0314 1968 06 04 s03e14 The Day Off (20.7Mb)
  42. The Embassy Lark - 0315 1968 06 11 s03e15 The Freeze (18.9Mb)

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