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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.

Featured Episodes:

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.

3 hours

Last on

Mon 2 Nov 2020 01:00

Broadcasts

  • Sat 17 May 2008 09:00
  • Sat 17 May 2008 20:00
  • Sun 18 May 2008 03:00
  • Sat 28 Mar 2009 09:00
  • Sat 28 Mar 2009 20:00
  • Sun 29 Mar 2009 03:00
  • Sat 15 May 2010 10:00
  • Sat 15 May 2010 20:00
  • Sat 1 Sep 2012 09:00
  • Sat 1 Sep 2012 19:00
  • Sat 19 Apr 2014 09:00
  • Sat 19 Apr 2014 19:00
  • Sat 15 Oct 2016 09:00
  • Sat 15 Oct 2016 19:00
  • Sat 18 May 2019 09:00
  • Sat 18 May 2019 19:00
  • Sun 1 Nov 2020 13:00
  • Mon 2 Nov 2020 01:00