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01Opening Night1963012520120120 (R4+)
20130222 (R4+)
20151014 (R4+)
Troutbridge TV's new Deputy Controller, Henry Povey soon spots some familiar faces.
Abandon ship! Take one naval crew - disembark them and drop anchor at a TV station - and you have 'The TV Lark'. New Deputy Controller, Henry Povey soon spots some familiar faces.
After 4 series of 'The Navy Lark', the BBC decided the comedy crew needed a new setting, so where better than brand new independent station, Troutbridge TV?
However, after just 10 episodes, this proved to be only a temporary change of course for the crew of HMS Troutbridge - as the crew were soon back aboard 'The Navy Lark'.
Stars Jon Pertwee as the Floor Manager, Leslie Phillips as The Director, Stephen Murray as the Producer, Ronnie Barker as Fatso Johnson and Richard Caldicote as the Deputy Controller.
Scripted by Lawrie Wyman
Producer: Alastair Scott Johnston.
First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in January 1963.
02The Prestige Show1963020120120127 (R4+)
20120128 (R4+)
20130301 (R4+)
20151021 (R4+)
Fledgling channel Troutbridge TV stages a gala programme to boost its viewership.
With only one commercial to play, struggling new channel Troutbridge TV stages a flagship show to boost its viewing figures.
After 4 series of 'The Navy Lark', the BBC decided the comedy crew needed a new setting, so where better than brand new independent station, Troutbridge TV?
However, after just 10 episodes, this proved to be only a temporary change of course for the crew of HMS Troutbridge - as the crew were soon back aboard 'The Navy Lark'.
Stars Jon Pertwee as the Floor Manager, Leslie Phillips as The Director, Stephen Murray as the Producer, Ronnie Barker as Fatso Johnson and Richard Caldicote as the Deputy Controller.
Scripted by Lawrie Wyman
Producer: Alastair Scott Johnston.
First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in February 1963.
Fledgling channel Troutbridge TV stages a gala programme to boost its viewership. Navy Lark spin-off stars Leslie Phillips. From February 1963.
03Z Ambulances1963020820120203 (R4+)
20130308 (R4+)
20151028 (R4+)
A live drama serial could make money for Troutbridge TV. But can they manage to make it?

A live drama serial could make money for Troutbridge TV. But can they manage to produce it?
After 4 series of 'The Navy Lark', the BBC decided the comedy crew needed a new setting, so where better than brand new independent station, Troutbridge TV?
However, after just 10 episodes, this proved to be only a temporary change of course for the crew of HMS Troutbridge - as the crew were soon back aboard 'The Navy Lark'.
Stars Jon Pertwee as the Floor Manager, Leslie Phillips as The Director, Stephen Murray as the Producer, Ronnie Barker as Fatso Johnson and Richard Caldicote as the Deputy Controller.
Scripted by Lawrie Wyman
Producer: Alastair Scott Johnston.
First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in February 1963.
04House Of Commons1963021520120210 (R4+)
20130315 (R4+)
20151104 (R4+)
Troutbridge TV has to transmit a party political broadcast, and Phillips is off to a ball. With Janet Brown.
Troutbridge TV has to transmit a party political broadcast, and Phillips is off to a ball.
Troutbridge TV must transmit a Party Political Broadcast. And Phillips is off to a ball.
After 4 series of 'The Navy Lark', the BBC decided the comedy crew needed a new setting, so where better than brand new independent station, Troutbridge TV?
However, after just 10 episodes, this proved to be only a temporary change of course for the crew of HMS Troutbridge - as the crew were soon back aboard 'The Navy Lark'.
Stars Jon Pertwee as the Floor Manager, Leslie Phillips as The Director, Stephen Murray as the Producer, Ronnie Barker as Fatso Johnson and Richard Caldicote as the Deputy Controller.
Scripted by Lawrie Wyman
Producer: Alastair Scott Johnston.
First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in February 1963.
05Back To Portsmouth1963022220120217 (R4+)
20130322 (R4+)
20151111 (R4+)
Troutbridge TV is offered coverage of the arrival of Potarneyland's retiring governor.
Troutbridge TV is offered coverage of the arrival of Potarneyland's retiring governor. Navy Lark spin-off stars Jon Pertwee. From February 1963.
Navy Lark spin-off stars Jon Pertwee. From February 1963.
After 4 series of 'The Navy Lark', the BBC decided the comedy crew needed a new setting, so where better than brand new independent station, Troutbridge TV?
However, after just 10 episodes, this proved to be only a temporary change of course for the crew of HMS Troutbridge - as the crew were soon back aboard 'The Navy Lark'.
Stars Jon Pertwee as the Floor Manager, Leslie Phillips as The Director, Stephen Murray as the Producer, Ronnie Barker as Fatso Johnson and Richard Caldicote as the Deputy Controller.
Scripted by Lawrie Wyman
Producer: Alastair Scott Johnston.
First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in February 1963.
 
06On Safari1963030120120224 (R4+)
20130329 (R4+)
20130330 (R4+)
20151118 (R4+)
The TV team heads to Africa for 'Up the Creek' with naturalists Maggie and Arnold Crump.
The Troutbridge TV team heads to Africa for 'Up The Creek' with naturalists Maggie and Arnold Crump.
After 4 series of 'The Navy Lark', the BBC decided the comedy crew needed a new setting, so where better than brand new independent station, Troutbridge TV?
However, after just 10 episodes, this proved to be only a temporary change of course for the crew of HMS Troutbridge - as the crew were soon back aboard 'The Navy Lark'.
Stars Jon Pertwee as the Floor Manager, Leslie Phillips as The Director, Stephen Murray as the Producer, Ronnie Barker as Fatso Johnson and Richard Caldicote as the Deputy Controller.
Scripted by Lawrie Wyman
Producer: Alastair Scott Johnston.
First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in March 1963.
07Ship Ahoy1963030820120302 (R4+)
20130405 (R4+)
20151125 (R4+)
Troutbridge TV's new naval show is set to film a minesweeper sailing to the breakers' yard.

After 4 series of 'The Navy Lark', the BBC decided the comedy crew needed a new setting, so where better than brand new independent station, Troutbridge TV?
However, after just 10 episodes, this proved to be only a temporary change of course for the crew of HMS Troutbridge - as the crew were soon back aboard 'The Navy Lark'.
Stars Jon Pertwee as the Floor Manager, Leslie Phillips as The Director, Stephen Murray as the Producer, Ronnie Barker as Fatso Johnson and Richard Caldicote as the Deputy Controller.
Scripted by Lawrie Wyman
Producer: Alastair Scott Johnston.
First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in March 1963.
08The Potarneyland Election1963031520120309 (R4+)
20130412 (R4+)
20151202 (R4+)
Troutbridge TV hitches a lift aboard a destroyer to cover a far-flung historic ballot.
After 4 series of 'The Navy Lark', the BBC decided the comedy crew needed a new setting, so where better than brand new independent station, Troutbridge TV?
However, after just 10 episodes, this proved to be only a temporary change of course for the crew of HMS Troutbridge - as the crew were soon back aboard 'The Navy Lark'.
Stars Jon Pertwee as the Floor Manager, Leslie Phillips as The Director, Stephen Murray as the Producer, Ronnie Barker as Fatso Johnson ( and Lt Samuel Pepys Washington Birt/Harold MacMillan and Commander Stanton) and Richard Caldicote as the Deputy Controller.
Scripted by Lawrie Wyman
Producer: Alastair Scott Johnston.
First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in March 1963.
09 19630322  
10 LASTBack In The Navy1963032920120316 (R4+)
20130419 (R4+)
The ex-shipmates are all at sea when they discover their brief television careers are over.

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Alternate Titles

  • Until the BBC released these unofficial titles given by fans were:
    1. Opening Night
    2. Advertising Drive
    3. The Party Political Broadcast
    4. Back to Portsmouth
    5. Serial Programming
    6. The African Incident
    7. Yours, or MINE!!!
    8. The Portarneyland Election
    9. Back in the Navy

Broadcast Dates

  • I'm going to hold off the dates till I'm sure the BBC7 is broadcasting all the episodes and in the correct sequence, so there's a BBC7 series for the time being.

Cast

Duration

  • 30 Minutes

Genre

  • Sitcoms / Comedy

Missing

  • Episode 9 is missing - BBC7 play "Back In The Navy" in its place and say there were only nine episodes.

Pid

Programme Details

  • Programme ID: b019f7n4

Quality

  • Many of the episodes in circulation are off-air broadcasts supplied by a listener and are of varying quality.

Trivia

  • An odd spin-off of The Navy Lark, which ran between the 4th and 5th series - it was diue to a BBC executive who claimed that "forces comedy" was no longer popular.
  • I've seen listings where this is included in The Navy Lark sequence.
  • "Back In The Navy" is sometimes listed by the BBC as an episode of "The Navy Lark".