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  • The Navy Lark, Collected Series 9

  • By: Lawrie Wyman
  • Narrated by: Leslie Phillips, Stephen Murray, Jon Pertwee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 75

All 20 episodes from the ninth series of this much-loved BBC radio classic comedy starring Stephen Murray, Leslie Phillips and Jon Pertwee.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All aboard HMS Troutbridge

  • By E on 07-07-14

All aboard HMS Troutbridge

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Reviewed: 07-07-14

What made the experience of listening to The Navy Lark, Collected Series 9 the most enjoyable?

Classic radio comedy from yesteryear. I'm a big fan of vintage radio comedy. It's great to hear the complete series. Having the whole series in order gives an overarching direction to the antics the crew of HMS Troutbridge get up to. It also helps for plot development even though the episodes can stand alone.

What other book might you compare The Navy Lark, Collected Series 9 to, and why?

The Navy Lark can be compared to other vintage comedies of the 50s,60s and 70s. It stands tall with other giants like The Goon Show, and Hancock's Half Hour.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The full cast recording features some favourite old school household names. Leslie Phillips, Jon Pertwee and Ronnie Barker. They all bring their amazing comic personas to the show and their ability to flex their vocal characterisations (Jon Pertwee and Ronnie Barker are excellent as Commander Weatherby and Rear Admiral Ironbridge respectively).

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

They already made a film in 1959 based on the radio show. Only Leslie Phillips appeared in it from the radio cast.

Any additional comments?

Would love to see more of these complete series available through audible - Hancock's Half Hour, The Goon Show, The Navy Lark, Round the Horn, etc.

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