The Navy Lark Guide


Last updated:

21 February 2021


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The Navy Lark Guide

With Our Three Stars Jon Pertwee, Leslie Phillips and Stephen Murray

The Navy Lark was a BBC radio comedy written by Laurie Wyman and George Evans about the crew of The Royal Navy frigate HMS Troutbridge and their mis-adventures.

The show was first aired on The Light Programme on the 29th of March 1959 and ran for fifteen series until 1976 making it the second longest running radio programme the BBC has made.

There was a spin-off film version of The Navy Lark in 1959.

The Navy Lark Cast

The cast of The Navy Lark often played multiple roles over the course of the show. The main actors to feature in the show and some of their characters are:

Actor Character(s)
Dennis Price Lieutenant Commander Dennis Price - The Number One (First Series)
Stephen Murray Lieutenant Commander Stephen Murray - The Number One (Second Series onwards)
Leslie Phillips Sub-Lieutenant Leslie Phillips
Jon Pertwee

Chief Petty Officer Jon Pertwee

Commander Weatherby

The Master

Ronnie Barker

Able Seaman Jeremiah (Fatso) Johnson

Commander Stanton

Commander Bell

Mr Queeg

Mr Merryvale

Able Seaman Bright (Dumbo)

Heather Chasen

Wren Heather Chasen

Ramona Povey

Rita Ffont-Bittocks/Murray

Lady Amelia Todhunter Brown

Richard Caldicot

Commander/Captain Henry Povey

Tenniel Evans

Able/Leading Seaman Goldstein

The Admiral Ffont-Bittocks

Nunkie Ebeneezer Pertwee

Lord Willoughby/Willerby Todhunter Brown

Admiral Superintendent

Michael Bates

The Padre

Lieutenant Commander Bates

Able Seaman Ginger

Commander Shaw

Commander Bracewell

Rear-Admiral Ironbridge

Flag Lieutenant Claude Dingle

June Whitfield

The Mistress

Judy Cornwell

Wren Judy Cornwell

Jan Waters

Wren Jan Waters

Janet Brown

Wren Janet Brown

Vera Timpkins

Mrs Jessie Crump

June Tobin

Maisy

Pamela Buck

Wren Joyce

Amanda Murray

Wren Amanda Martin

Lawrie Wyman

Various Tiddys

Chic Murray

Mr Queeg


The Navy Lark Theme Tune

The theme tune for the The Navy Lark was a piece of stock music called Trade Wind Hornpipe from a 1958 record called Harmonica, catalogue no BM118. It was written and performed by Tommy Reilly and James Moody (under the alias Dwight Barker) and was released by Conroy, an imprint of Berry Music Co. The music of Tommy Reilly and James Moody was used extensively throughout The Navy Lark for links between scenes.

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-= 27 December 2019 =-

A nice tribute to dear old able seaman Jeremiah Johnson himself, Ronnie Barker.

The Many Faces of... Series 2, Episode 1.

Available on iplayer until 24 Jan 2020

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01pm6lw/the-many-faces-of-series-2-1-ronnie-barker


-= 16 December 2019 =-

Current details for The Navy Lark Tour 2020 - Spring Summer leg

More dates, including Scotland, due to be announced for the Autumn leg - keep checking James Hurn's website for more info.

See the full list and order tickets at https://www.jameshurn.com/the-navy-lark-2020


The Episodes featured in the show are:

Operation Fag End (Series 1, episode 2)

The Fairground Lights (Series 1, episode 4)

The Gun Mechanism Test (Series 1, episode 10)



Navy Lark Tour Tickets Available to Buy Now

Town - Aylesbury

Theatre - Waterside Theatre

Date - 25th April 2020

Website - https://www.visitbuckinghamshire.org/event/the-navy-lark-2020


Town - Banbury

Theatre - Mill Arts Centre

Date - 31st January 2020

Website - https://www.themillartscentre.co.uk/shows/the-navy-lark/


Town - Barnard Castle

Theatre - The Witham

Date - 29th February 2020

Website - https://thewitham.org.uk/event/navy-lark/


Town - Bath

Theatre - The Mission Theatre

Date - 14th March 2020

Website - https://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/the-navy-lark/


Town - Bedford

Theatre - The Place Theatre

Date - 7th March 2020

Website - https://theplacebedford.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173599269


Town - Birmingham

Theatre - Old Rep Theatre

Date - 31st March 2020

Website - https://www.oldreptheatre.co.uk/tickets?spektrixID=MAR20THENAVYLARK


Town - Bracknell

Theatre - South Hill Park

Date - 24th March 2020

Website - https://www.southhillpark.org.uk/events/the-navy-lark/


Town - Brighton

Theatre - Komedia

Date - 31st May 2020

Website - https://www.komedia.co.uk/brighton/comedy/the-navy-lark/


Town - Bury

Theatre - The MET

Date - 16th April 2020

Website - https://themet.org.uk/event/navy-lark/


Town - Chesham

Theatre - Elgiva Theatre

Date - 27th February 2020

Website - https://elgiva.com/shows/the-navy-lark/


Town - Chesterfield

Theatre - Pomegranate Theatre

Date - 7th May 2020

Website - https://www.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk/shows/the-navy-lark.aspx


Town - Darlington

Theatre - Majestic Theatre

Date - 28th March 2020

Website - http://www.majestictheatre-lee.com/box-office.html


Town - Devizes

Theatre - The Wharf Theatre

Date - 18th April 2020 (matinee & Evening performance)

Website - https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/the-wharf-theatre/the-navy-lark/e-xdayml


Town - Epsom

Theatre - Playhouse

Date - 18th February 2020

Website - http://www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk/shows/navy-lark


Town - Gloucester

Theatre - Kings Theatre

Date - 2nd April 2020

Website - https://kingstheatregloucester.co.uk/whats-on/


Town - Hertford

Theatre - Hertford Theatre

Date - 30th May 2020 - Matinee and Evening performance

Website - https://www.hertfordtheatre.com/events/detail/2310/the-navy-lark


Town - Horsham

Theatre - The Capitol

Date - 8th May 2020

Website - https://www.thecapitolhorsham.com/whats-on/all-shows/the-navy-lark/15437


Town - Hunstanton

Theatre - Princess Theatre

Date - Friday 17th April 2020

Website - https://thelittleboxoffice.com/princess/event/view/112252


Town - Liverpool

Theatre - Epstein Theatre

Date - 16th March 2020

Website - https://www.epsteinliverpool.co.uk/events/the-navy-lark/


Town - London

Theatre - Museum of Comedy

Date - 21st, 22nd and 23rd February

Website - https://museumofcomedy.ticketsolve.com/shows/873605694


Town - Lyme Regis

Theatre - Marine Theatre

Date - 13th March 2020

Website - https://www.marinetheatre.com/the-navy-lark/


Town - Maidenhead

Theatre - Norden Farm

Date - 9th February 2020

Website - https://norden.farm/events/the-navy-lark


Town - Maidstone

Theatre - Hazlitt Theatre

Date - 24th April 2020

Website - https://www.parkwoodtheatres.co.uk/Hazlitt-Theatre/Show/2219b591-88b5-e911-a9a4-de16f8d77e5c/the-navy-lark


Town - Newquay

Theatre - Lane Theatre

Date - 16th May 2020 Matinee and Evening performance

Website - https://lanetheatre.co.uk/navy-lark/


Town - Norwich

Theatre - Playhouse

Date - 6th March 2020

Website - https://www.norwichplayhouse.co.uk/whats-on/detail/the-navy-lark


Town - Redditch

Theatre - Palace Theatre

Date - 21st March 2020

Website - http://www.redditchpalacetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/all-shows/the-navy-lark


Town - Redruth

Theatre - Regal Theatre

Date - 14th May 2020

Website - https://redruth.merlincinemas.co.uk/film/49596-the-navy-lark-tour-evrybody-down


Town - Romford

Theatre - Brookside Theatre

Date - 9th May 2020

Website - https://thelittleboxoffice.com/brookside/event/view/116915


Town - Southampton

Theatre - Hanger Farm Arts Centre

Date - 2nd May 2020

Website - https://www.hangerfarm.co.uk/events/the-navy-lark/


Town - Stratford Upon Avon

Theatre - Bear Pit Theatre

Date - 29th May 2020

Website - https://www.thebearpit.org.uk/whats-on/the-navy-lark/


Town - Swindon

Theatre - Arts Centre

Date - 2nd February 2020

Website - https://swindontheatres.co.uk/Online/tickets-the-navy-lark-swindon-2020


Town - Teignmouth

Theatre - Pavillion

Date - 15th February 2020

Website - https://www.pavilionsteignmouth.org.uk/events/navy-lark


Town - Tunbridge Wells

Theatre - Trinity Theatre

Date - 12th March 2020

Website - https://www.trinitytheatre.net/events/the-navy-lark


Town - Wakefield

Theatre - Theatre Royal

Date - 19th March 2020

Website - https://www.theatreroyalwakefield.co.uk/whats-on/the-navy-lark/


Town - Worcester

Theatre - The Swan Theatre

Date - 30th April 2020

Website - http://www.worcesterlive.co.uk/events_review.asp?eid=453064507


Town - Yeovil

Theatre - The Octagon Theatre

Date - 5th March 2020

Website - https://www.octagon-theatre.co.uk/whats-on/all-shows/the-navy-lark/7978


Announced but tickets not yet available:


Town - Barton-Upon-Humber

Theatre - The Ropewalk Theatre

Date - 22nd May 2020

Website - http://www.roperyhall.co.uk/


Town - Chelmsford

Theatre - Cramphorn Studio

Date - 18th June 2020

Website - https://www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres/whats-on/june-2020/


Town - Dorchester

Theatre - Arts Centre

Date - 1st May 2020

Website - https://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/comedy/


Town - Henley On Thames

Theatre - Kenton Theatre

Date - 05th June 2020

Website - https://kentontheatre.co.uk/#programme


Town - Tenterdon

Theatre - Barn Theatre

Date - 06th June 2020

Website - https://www.etbarntheatre.com/




-= 04 November 2019 =-

The Navy Lark Film from 1959 is going to be shown at the The Elgiva Theatre in Chesham on Wednesday 05th February 2020 at 13.00.

https://elgiva.com/shows/the-navy-lark-classic-film/


-= 05 July 2019 =-

First set of dates for The Navy Lark Tour 2020

See the full list and order tickets at https://www.jameshurn.com/the-navy-lark-2020

BANBURY - Mill Arts Centre 31st January 2020

SWINDON - Arts Centre 2nd February 2020

TEIGNMOUTH - Pavillion 15th February 2020

LONDON - Museum of Comedy 21st, 22nd and 23rd February

CHESHAM - Elgiva Theatre 27th February 2020

BARNARD CASTLE - The Witham 29th February 2020

YEOVIL - The Octagon Theatre 5th March 2020

NORWICH - Playhouse 6th March 2020

BEDFORD - The Place Theatre 7th March 2020

TUNBRIDGE WELLS - Trinity Theatre 12th March 2020

BATH - The Mission Theatre 14th march 2020

LIVERPOOL - Epstein Theatre 16th March 2020

WAKEFIELD - Theatre Royal 19th March 2020

BRACKNELL - South Hill Park 24th March 2020

BIRMINGHAM - Old Rep Theatre 31st March 2020

GLOUCESTER - Kings Theatre 2nd April 2020

BURY - The MET 16th April 2020

DEVIZES - The wharf Theatre 18th April 2020 (matinee & Evening performance)

AYLESBURY - Waterside Theatre 25th April 2020

WORCESTER- The Swan Theatre 30th April 2020

HORSHAM - The Capitol 8th May 2020

ROMFORD - Brookside Theatre 9th May 2020

REDRUTH - Regal Theatre 14th May 2020

NEWQUAY - Lane Theatre 16th May 2020 (Matinee and Evening performance)


Trailer for the Navy Lark Tour 2020


-= 28 June 2019 =-

A new Navy Lark show by James Hurn, currently doing a Hancock tour, is coming in 2020.

Details and dates as they become available.

https://www.jameshurn.com/the-navy-lark-2020


-= 07 February 2019 =-

Can you help identify any of these announcers who took part in The Navy Lark?

There are 15 unknown announcers who worked on The Navy Lark that are not identified in the Radio Times or the booklets that came with the CD boxsets of the series.

This video has the audio of them making their announcements.

If you have any ideas about who they are please leave a comment.

The following announcers who worked on The Navy Lark are already accounted for:

Robin Boyle

Michael De Morgan

Ronald Fletcher

Barri Haynes

David Dunhill

Don Durbridge

Michael Meech

Colin Berry

David Geary

Jon Curle

Alastair Scott-Johnston


-= 30 January 2019 =-

Full details for The Navy Lark 60th Anniversary Special Editions.

Due for Release 07th March 2019 in CD and Download versions.

Download Edition

CD Edition

Left Hand Down a Bit, presented by Leslie Phillips and featuring:

s01e02 Operation Fag End (5 April 1959) [pilot]

s01e08 The Hank of Heather (17 May 1959)

s02e16 The Lighthouse Lark (29 January 1960)

s05e03 A Deliberate Bashing (19 April 1963)

s09e18 Mr Phillips at Dartmouth (29 October 1967)

The Jubilee Navy Lark (16 July 1977)

Left Hand Down a Bit, presented by Leslie Phillips and featuring:

s01e02 Operation Fag End (5 April 1959) [pilot]

s01e08 The Hank of Heather (17 May 1959)

s02e16 The Lighthouse Lark (29 January 1960)

s05e03 A Deliberate Bashing (19 April 1963)

s09e18 Mr Phillips at Dartmouth (29 October 1967)

The Jubilee Navy Lark (16 July 1977)

Bonus items:

A Navy Lark mini-episode from The Light Entertainment Show

Two episodes from spin-off series The Embassy Lark:

National Grumpshnog Week (Series 1, 12 April 1966)

Sub-Lt Phillips Drops In (Series 3, 16 April 1968).

Bob Holness Presents: Farewell to the Paris, which sees Leslie Phillips and Jon Pertwee reminiscing about the making of The Navy Lark.

A previously 'lost' episode of The Navy Lark: Series 2, episode 20 - Return to Potarneyland. First broadcast on 26th February 1960. This might be an audio recording or a script

Bonus items:

A Navy Lark mini-episode from The Light Entertainment Show

Two episodes from spin-off series The Embassy Lark:

National Grumpshnog Week (Series 1, 12 April 1966)

Sub-Lt Phillips Drops In (Series 3, 16 April 1968).

Bob Holness Presents: Farewell to the Paris, which sees Leslie Phillips and Jon Pertwee reminiscing about the making of The Navy Lark.

Another eleven episodes:

s03e17 Commodore Goldstein (22 February 1961)

s04e04 The Northampton Hunt Ball (6 October 1961)

s06s10 Chasing the Kepeac (29 November 1963)

s07e07 Let Loose with a Chopper (22 August 1965)

s08e09 Mr Phillips' Promotion (30 October 1966)

s10e02 The Redundancy Drive (20 October 1968)

s11e11 The Forbodians Hijack Troutbridge (8 March 1970)

s12e02 Impressions For Survival (23 May 1971)

s13e12 Friday the 13th (11 Jun 1972)

s14e07 Povey, An Admiral at Last (9 September 1973)

s15e02 NANA (16 November 1975)

The Navy Lark: 60th Anniversary Special Edition CD on Amazon

The Navy Lark: 60th Anniversary Special Edition CD on Penguin.co.uk

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The Navy Lark: 60th Anniversary Special Edition Download on Penguin.co.uk

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-= 14 November 2018 =-

Episode Listing for The Navy Lark: Volume 34. The Bugged and Burgled Beer

Due for release 03 January 2019

Four vintage episodes from the classic seafaring sitcom, including the original pilot episode and the final regular episode

Operation Fag End (Working Their Passage) 5 April 1959

New head honcho Commander Povey is heading to the island to inspect the crew � just as Pertwee's consignment of 50,000 smuggled cigarettes is about to arrive�

The Bugged and Burgled Beer (Bugging) 1 October 1967

Pertwee has a purchasing problem: the two cases of beer he sold to his customers have ended up in Povey's custody. Can a bugging device help him recover his haul?

Number One's Anniversary (Biff Boff Boffing Their Way Through) 11 July 1971

With his first wedding anniversary approaching, Mr Murray is in a bad mood � and Captain Povey is in trouble after switching the photos of two applicants for his wife's advertisement for an au pair.

Captain Wilberforce Pertwee (Having a History Lesson)18 January 1976

After Pertwee's ingenious defence gets Phillips acquitted at a court martial, he recounts how he got his inventiveness from his wily Great-Great-Grandfather Wilberforce Pertwee.

Starring Jon Pertwee, Leslie Phillips, Richard Caldicot, Stephen Murray and Tenniel Evans, with Dennis Price, Ronnie Barker, Michael Bates, Heather Chasen, Pamela Buck, Norma Ronald and April Walker.

CD £13.25

Download £5.00

The Navy Lark Volume 34 The Bugged and Burgled Beer At Penguin.co.uk

The Navy Lark Volume 34 The Bugged and Burgled Beer at Amazon.co.uk


-= 06 October 2018 =-

More details for The Navy Lark 60th Anniversary Special Edition.

Due for Release 07th March 2019 in a CD and Download versions.

The CD version will cost £20 and will include "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.

The Navy Lark: 60th Anniversary Special Edition CD on Amazon

The Navy Lark: 60th Anniversary Special Edition CD on Penguin.co.uk

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The Download Version will cost £10 and will feature the above along with 11 other episodes from across the series. No details on which episodes they will be as yet.

The Navy Lark: 60th Anniversary Special Edition Download on Penguin.co.uk

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The only new material would seem to be the two cross-over episodes of The Embassy Lark.

All the other features so far listed have been previous extras on the series boxsets.


-= 25 August 2018 =-

The Navy Lark: 60th Anniversary Special Edition CD

Due for release 07 March 2019

The Navy Lark: 60th Anniversary Special Edition CD

No information yet about what it will be - will add more when available.


-= 07 March 2018 =-

The Navy Lark Volume 34

Due for release on 06th December 2018

The Navy Lark Volume 34

The 34th volume in the long running classic comedy show scripted by Lawrie Wynman, and starring Leslie Phillips, Jon Pertwee, and Stephen Murray.

No episode details or title as yet