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The Navy Lark: 60th Anniversary Special Edition

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Summary

A 60th anniversary celebration of the much-loved nautical comedy, featuring 17 classic episodes plus bonus material.

On 29 March 1959, The Navy Lark sailed the airwaves for the very first time. Starring Leslie Phillips, Jon Pertwee and Stephen Murray, with regular appearances from Ronnie Barker and Heather Chasen, it soon became a radio favourite and ran for 18 years - one of the longest-running radio sitcoms.

This 60th anniversary collection comprises 17 hilarious episodes - one from every series of the show, plus the pilot episode and the special Jubilee edition. We start with Operation Fag End (5 April 1959), 'The Hank of Heather' (17 May 1959), 'The Lighthouse Lark' (29 January 1960), 'A Deliberate Bashing' (19 April 1963), 'Mr Phillips at Dartmouth' (29 October 1967) and 'The Jubilee Navy Lark' (16 July 1977). The other 11 episodes included are: 'Commodore Goldstein' (22 February 1961), 'The Northampton Hunt Ball' (6 October 1961), 'Chasing the Kepeac' (29 November 1963), 'Let Loose with a Chopper' (22 August 1965), 'Mr Phillips’ Promotion' (30 October 1966), 'The Redundancy Drive' (20 October 1968), 'The Forbodians Hijack Troutbridge' (8 March 1970), 'Impressions For Survival' (23 May 1971), 'Friday the 13th' (11 Jun 1972), 'Povey - An Admiral at Last' (9 September 1973) and 'NANA' (16 November 1975).

Bonus items include a mini-episode from The Light Entertainment Show and two episodes from spin-off series The Embassy Lark: National Grumpshnog Week (series 1, 12 April 1966) and Sub-Lt Phillips Drops In (series 3, 16 April 1968). Plus, there’s a discussion from Bob Holness Presents: Farewell to the Paris, which sees Leslie Phillips and Jon Pertwee reminiscing about the making of The Navy Lark. As well as a 'lost' episode from season 2 of The Navy Lark: 'Return to Potarneyland', first broadcast on 26th February 1960. 

So step aboard HMS Troutbridge for laughs ahoy!

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A highly entertaining listen.

This collection of episodes from the Navy Lark was very enjoyable. The sound was rather good for its age and there are some brilliant voices and characters in this story too, particularly CPO Pertwee and the characters played by Ronnie Barker. The selection of episodes chosen was also good. On the whole this was a lot of fun.

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Not As Advertised.

Missing tracks/shows than what was advertised; poor show from the BBC - better buying the series box sets.

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Audible Scam = Signed Up But No Download = Con

Created a new Audible account for this release. That was quick. It required my credit card details, and my address and my telephone number. Damn it. But for signing up I earned 1 credit. Anyway I chose this audiobook using that credit, but ....

Whilst most of the episodes are already in circulation I really wanted to listen to the new material.

HOWEVER the download failed to work - period. I tried opening the download into VLC and Media Player and both refused to recognise the file(s) (if any).

The system sent me a link for some reason - but my phone makes phone calls it does not do Internet. So that was useless.

I could stream the audio content - all 10 hours of it - but that required an online connection (I'm capped for streaming) - again this is useless for commuting say by bus or train. I need my content offline.

Now the Audible / Amazon system has my credit card details and WILL NOT LET ME DELETE THEM, even though I've closed my account.

Audible is a con - but what else to expect from Amazon. Quick to set up a credit card payment, not quick to deliver what has been requested, no customer service, useless anti-help pages, and refusal to let me delete my account or card. = FRAUD.

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