The Navy Lark: Left Hand Down A Bit, with Leslie Phillips
Leslie Phillips recalls the classic comedy: Operation Fag End, The Hank of Heather, The Lighthouse Lark, A Deliberate Bashing, Mr Phillips at Dartmouth and The Jubilee Navy Lark.
Cast member Leslie Phillips roams the high seas of comedy, with a three hour celebration of the long-running BBC radio favourite.
The Navy Lark is almost as much of a national institution as the Navy itself. With a worldwide following, it remains one of BBC radio's most fondly remembered comedies, and continues to entertain new generations of listeners. Sub-Lieutenant Leslie Phillips welcomes you aboard the infamous HMS Troutbridge for a voyage through six classic episodes in the life and times of a legendary comic flagship.
Find out how The Navy Lark got started; discover who might have been in starring roles; learn how the cast of the radio series were invited to take large bits of a real-life ship ! What other popular "Larks" appeared on radio? How did the Troutbridge crew come to be running their own TV company? How exactly did Sub-Lieutenant Phillips get through Dartmouth? All is revealed.
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]
Produced by Martin Dempsey
Made for BBC Radio 7 and first broadcast in 2006.
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