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The best quality Navy Lark recordings - any with excessive background noise aren't included.

The Navy Lark is a radio sitcom about life aboard a British Royal Navy frigate named HMS Troutbridge (a play on HMS Troubridge, a Royal Navy destroyer) based in HMNB Portsmouth. In series 1 and 2, the ship and crew were stationed offshore at an unnamed location known simply as "The Island".

The programme was transmitted on the BBC Light Programme and subsequently BBC Radio 2. It was produced by Alastair Scott Johnston. Jon Pertwee is frequently quoted as having suggested the idea of a forces comedy based on the Royal Navy, but writer Laurie Wyman and Alastair Scott Johnston both contemplated an Air Force and an Army themed sit-com before going to the BBC with The Navy Lark. Laurie Wyman included ideas based on excuses for late return from leave and other misdemeanours from HMS Troubridge bulletins. He worked with George Evans (Pertwee's personal scriptwriter) from quite early on, but Alastair Scott Johnston did not want him named until the 12th series onwards. For most of its run, it starred Leslie Phillips, Jon Pertwee and Stephen Murray, whose names rotated in order of precedence every episode over the entire 15 season run. Stephen Murray's daughter Amanda Murray (b. 1942) also appeared in a few episodes.



Full podcast of available episodes is at https://fourble.co.uk/podcast/navylarkthes

  1. S01E01 - The Missing Jeep (28.9Mb)
  2. S01E02 - Operation Fag End (28Mb)
  3. S01E03 - Number One's Chair (26.7Mb)
  4. S01E04 - The Fairground Lights (27.6Mb)
  5. S01E05 - The Comfort Fund (26.7Mb)
  6. S01E06 - Stuck up the Inlet (27Mb)
  7. S01E07 - The Admiral's Party (26.5Mb)
  8. S01E08 - The Hank of Heather (26.9Mb)
  9. S01E09 - The Multiple Mines (27.7Mb)
  10. S01E10 - The Gun Mechanism Test (26Mb)
  11. S01E11 - The Whittlesea Bay Yacht Regatta (28Mb)
  12. S01E13 - A Watch on the Initiative Test (27.8Mb)
  13. S01E14 - An Exercise in Filming (27.4Mb)
  14. S01E15 - The Smuggling Spy (27.2Mb)
  15. S01E16 - The Whittlesea Carnival And Fête (unknown file size)
  16. S02E01 - New At The Helm (25.2Mb)
  17. S02E02 - Fatso's Box Brownie (25.6Mb)
  18. S02E03 - Bringing Back The Barge (26.5Mb)
  19. S02E04 - The Mock Action (25.2Mb)
  20. S02E05 - Going Dutch (25.8Mb)
  21. S02E06 - The Figurehead (24.9Mb)
  22. S02E09 - The Charter Trip To Antarctica (25.7Mb)
  23. S02E10 - Cementing Relations (26.2Mb)
  24. S02E11 - Strike Up The Band (25Mb)
  25. S02E15 - A Crisp Romance (24.7Mb)
  26. S02E16 - The Lighthouse Lark (24.8Mb)
  27. S02E17 - Pertwee Posted To Portsmouth (24.8Mb)
  28. S02E18 - Johnson's Diet (26.4Mb)
  29. S02E19 - Tug-of-War (26.3Mb)
  30. S02E21 - The Cross Country Run (26.2Mb)
  31. S02E22 - The Morning After (24.7Mb)
  32. S02E23 - The Admiral's Present (25.1Mb)
  33. S02E24 - Secret Mission To Calais (25.1Mb)
  34. S02E25 - Mr Murray Goes Sick (26.1Mb)
  35. S02E26 - The Portarneyland Fishing Limit (24.9Mb)
  36. S03E01 - In Portsmouth For A Re-fit (25.9Mb)
  37. S03E02 - Refitting Ebeneezer Pertwee (26Mb)
  38. S03E03 - Sea Trials Of The Poppadom (26.1Mb)
  39. S03E04 - Mutiny Aboard Troutbridge (26.6Mb)
  40. S03E05 - The Explosive Biscuits (26.8Mb)
  41. S03E06 - Sir Willoughby Takes Over An Island (26.5Mb)
  42. S03E07 - Mount Rumpus Atoll (26.1Mb)
  43. S03E08 - Mr Murray's Houseboat (26.8Mb)
  44. S03E09 - Johnson's Birthday (26.9Mb)
  45. S03E10 - Povey's Unexpected Leave (25.8Mb)
  46. S03E11 - Families' Day (26.2Mb)
  47. S03E12 - The Falmouth Ghost Ship (26.2Mb)
  48. S03E13 - Onabushkan Flu (26.3Mb)
  49. S03E14 - The Efficiency Expert (26.1Mb)
  50. S03E15 - The Floggle Grummit Missile (26.5Mb)
  51. S03E16 - The Hitch-hiking Counterfeiter (26.3Mb)
  52. S03E17 - Commodore Goldstein (26.6Mb)
  53. S03E18 - Mr Phillips Has Navigation Tuition (26.6Mb)
  54. S03E19 - CPO Pertwee And The Laundry (26.3Mb)
  55. S04E04 - The Northampton Hunt Ball (26.4Mb)
  56. S04E13 - Spy Catching In Casablanca (12.4Mb)
  57. S04E17 - The Invitation (13.1Mb)
  58. S04E23 - The Admiral's Accident Report (13.9Mb)
  59. S05E01 - First Day Out of Dock (27.2Mb)
  60. S05E03 - A Deliberate Bashing (27.4Mb)
  61. S05E04 - Whittlesea Regatta (27.3Mb)
  62. S05E06 - The Ghost Ship (27.1Mb)
  63. S06E02 - On the Carpet (26.3Mb)
  64. S06E03 - The Bungalese Spies (27.1Mb)
  65. S06E04 - Troutbridge's Party (26.5Mb)
  66. S06E05 - Rescuing Admirals (26.8Mb)
  67. S06E06 - Demise of the Depth Charges (27.2Mb)
  68. S06E07 - The Struggle for Promotion (26.7Mb)
  69. S06E08 - Fred Computables (25.9Mb)
  70. S06E09 - Stormy Weather (30.5Mb)
  71. S06E10 - Chasing the Kepeac (26.9Mb)
  72. S06E11 - The Submerged Island (30Mb)
  73. S06E12 - The Sicilian Secret Agent (30.1Mb)
  74. S06E13 - Germany's Troubridge (29.8Mb)
  75. S06E14 - Confirming Povey's Rank (29.9Mb)
  76. S06E15 - Ferrying Their Way Through (30Mb)
  77. S06E16 - Taking Liberties With History (29.8Mb)
  78. S06E17 - The Emporer of Tratvia (30.1Mb)
  79. S06E18 - Open Day (28.9Mb)
  80. S06E19 - Stuck on a Sandbank (30.1Mb)
  81. S07E01 - Taking Some Liberties (26.7Mb)
  82. S07E02 - Smugglers in the Solent (26.8Mb)
  83. S07E03 - Mr Murray Is Victimised (26.4Mb)
  84. S07E04 - The Povey's Move House (26.3Mb)
  85. S07E05 - Captain Povey Reports Sick (29.6Mb)
  86. S07E06 - Admiral Pertwee's Fleet (28.3Mb)
  87. S07E07 - Let Loose with a Chopper (27.1Mb)
  88. S07E08 - Making a Right Pig's Breakfast (27.4Mb)
  89. S07E09 - The Mysterious Pudding Mine (29.9Mb)
  90. S07E10 - The Hovercraft Training Course (27Mb)
  91. S07E11 The Sabotaged Flogge-Toggle Box (27.2Mb)
  92. S07E12 - The Potarneyland Training Exercise (26.6Mb)
  93. S07E13 - Going on Leave in Croydon (27.1Mb)
  94. S08E01 - Searching For Their Ship (13Mb)
  95. S08E02 - The Float A Peddle Fiddle (12.8Mb)
  96. S08E07 - Blowing Themselves Up (11.2Mb)
  97. S08E09 - Mr Phillips Promotion (27.4Mb)
  98. S08E10 - Pertwee And The Tratvian Beer (12.2Mb)
  99. S08E11 - The PM Papa (12Mb)
  100. S08E12 - Getting Rid Of Pertwee (11.8Mb)
  101. S09E01 - Have Been Towing (23.3Mb)
  102. S09E03 - Cleaning Up (23.3Mb)
  103. S09E04 - Doing a Disatrical (30.4Mb)
  104. S09E05 - Deliberately Abandoned (23.2Mb)
  105. S09E07 - Having A Bit Of Trouble With The French (12.8Mb)
  106. S09E10 - Have Been Redecorating (29.7Mb)
  107. S09E11 - Celebrating Their Important Anniversary (28.1Mb)
  108. S09E12 - Computerising (23.2Mb)
  109. S09E13 - Seeing Red (23.1Mb)
  110. S09E16 - Cuthbert Joins The Navy (23.1Mb)
  111. S09E17 - Frustrating the Spark of Invention (25.9Mb)
  112. S09E19 - Frying Up (23.8Mb)
  113. S09E12 - Have Been Painting Pink Spots (24.5Mb)
  114. S10E01 - Lighting Up (27.6Mb)
  115. S10E02 - The Redundancy Drive (25Mb)
  116. S10E06 - Accredited (24.9Mb)
  117. S10E08 - Avoiding Redundancy (24.8Mb)
  118. S10E10 - Crashing Their Way Through (13.6Mb)
  119. S10E11 - Presented The Padre (13.3Mb)
  120. S10E12 - Blowing Up (13.5Mb)
  121. S10E13 - Shot At (13.5Mb)
  122. S10E14 - Have Been Masquerading (24.8Mb)
  123. S10E16 - Weathering (25.3Mb)
  124. S10E17 - Bunging Up (25.3Mb)
  125. S11E02 - Admiral Hunting (13.8Mb)
  126. S11E03 - Promoting (12.3Mb)
  127. S11E04 - Running Aground (12.1Mb)
  128. S11E05 - Starred (12.3Mb)
  129. S11E06 - Taking The Initiative (13.6Mb)
  130. S11E07 - Proving (13.2Mb)
  131. S11E09 - Spy-Catching (12.1Mb)
  132. S11E10 - Having Trouble With A Washing Machine (13.4Mb)
  133. S11E11 The Forbodians Hijack Troutbridge (25.5Mb)
  134. S11E14 - Trying For The Jackpot (13.5Mb)
  135. S12E01 - The Put-A-Horse-Out-To-Graze Fund (27.3Mb)
  136. S12E02 - Impressions For Survival (24.7Mb)
  137. S12E04 - The Mysterious Radio Signals (27.2Mb)
  138. S12E05 - Operation Recovery (27.7Mb)
  139. S12E06 - The Slogan Contest (27.6Mb)
  140. S12E07 - Sir Willoughby At Shanghai (26.8Mb)
  141. S12E08 - Operation Cowes Barge (27.3Mb)
  142. S12E10 - The Loch Ness Monster (27.3Mb)
  143. S13E01 - The TV Documentary (25.4Mb)
  144. S13E02 - The POW Escape Exercise (12.9Mb)
  145. S13E03 - Number One's Married Quarters (25.7Mb)
  146. S13E04 - Operating For Profit (11.8Mb)
  147. S13E06 - Digging Themselves Stupid (12.5Mb)
  148. S13E07 - The U.S.A. Navigator Swap (27.5Mb)
  149. S13E08 - Son Of A Sea Lord (25.7Mb)
  150. S13E09 - Hypnotised (12.3Mb)
  151. S13E11 - Opportunity Knockers (25.2Mb)
  152. S13E12 - Friday The 13th (25.7Mb)
  153. S13E13 - The New NAAFI (25Mb)
  154. S14E01 - The Montezuela Revolution (25.5Mb)
  155. S14E02 - Having Their Little Boats Eaten (13Mb)
  156. S14E05 - The Digital Isle Goes Unstable (24.4Mb)
  157. S14E06 - Bombed By The Raffia (12.3Mb)
  158. S14E07 - Povey An Admiral At Last (25.8Mb)
  159. S14E08 - Nobbled (12.3Mb)
  160. S14E11 - Demonstrating Their Firepower (12.5Mb)
  161. S14E12 - Living The High Life (11.9Mb)
  162. S14E13 - The Talpinium Shell (25Mb)
  163. S15E01 - Sequel To The Talpinium Shell (12.1Mb)
  164. S15E02 - Nana (25.3Mb)
  165. S15E03 - Fallen Victim To The Green Eye Of Jealousy (12.3Mb)
  166. S15E04 - Were Freezing Their Assets (12.1Mb)
  167. S15E08 - Confounding The Ungodly (12.5Mb)
  168. S15E10 - The Case Of The Hgm Mark 5 (25.1Mb)
  169. S15ESP - Queen's Silver Jubilee Edition (25.2Mb)
  170. Sub Lt Philips at Dartmouth (23.2Mb)

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