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SERIES 1, 1959, 16 shows
Dennis Price, Jon Pertwee & Leslie Phillips with Richard Caldicot, Michael Bates, Ronnie Barker, Heather Chasen [1, 3-16], Tenniel Evans, Pamela Buck [2]
Written by Laurie Wyman
Produced by Alastair Scott-Johnson
 
29 Mar 1959 A1 The Missing US Jeep (aka The First Episode) We all have our cross to bear, and in the case of Commander Shaw
5 Apr 1959 A2 Operation Fag End [In every large concern day to day ]problems and headaches come from a variety of sources
12 Apr 1959 A3 Number One's Chair (aka Having Their Fun) Nowadays, ordinary daily shopping seems to get more and more expensive
19 Apr 1959 A4 The Fairground Lights There's an old adage that you should be content with your lot.
26 Apr 1959 A5 The Comfort Fund We all have our financial worries, whether it is the rent which can’t be due again
3 May 1959 A6 Stuck Up the Inlet Most people agree that exercise does you good
10 May 1959 A7 The Admiral’s Party Unexpected guests are always a problem, and sometimes expected guests can be too
17 May 1959 A8 The Hank of Heather It’s always pleasant to remember old friends and the good time you had together
24 May 1959 A9 The Multiple Mines All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy
31 May 1959 A10 The Gun Mechanism Test We all have our secrets, but the one our naval draft on the island have, is a big one
7 Jun 1959 A11 The Whittlesea Bay Yacht Regatta A lot of people feel there’s a great deal of fun to be had messing about in boats
14 Jun 1959 A12 The Psychology Test We all have to face tests at some time or other
21 Jun 1959 A13 A Watch on the Initiative Test The spirit of adventure is in all of us
28 Jun 1959 A14 An Exercise in Filming Now we all want to be in films whether we look like Richard Todd after 6 weeks in the sun
5 Jul 1959 A15 The Smuggling Spy It’s nice to have odd people dropping in
12 Jul 1959 A16 The Whittlesea Carnival and Fete There are social events in all walks of life, connected with one’s work

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SERIES 2, 1959/60, 26 shows
Stephen Murray, Jon Pertwee & Leslie Phillips with Richard Caldicot, Ronnie Barker, Heather Chasen, Tenniel Evans, Michael Bates, June Tobin (B15)
Written by Laurie Wyman
Produced by Alastair Scott-Johnson
Lieutenant Murray takes over as Number One of the Island Draft
 
16 Oct 1959 B1 New at the Helm Whilst we’ve all been paddling our tootsies at Penzance
23 Oct 1959 B2 Fatso’s Box Brownie (aka The Admiral’s Inspection) Well it’s just as well that birthdays come but once a year or we’d all be
30 Oct 1959 B3 Bringing Back the Barge Well we all have our own forms of transport troubles, whether it’s having to wait
6 Nov 1959 B4 The Mock Action It’s no good telling our island draft that Edison Bell invented the telephone
13 Nov 1959 B5 Going Dutch When it comes to popping the question, we all have a different approach
20 Nov 1959 B6 The Figurehead Well the Government has declared that our continued greater prosperity depends largely on
27 Nov 1959 B7   An Englishman is entitled to his own point of view and the right to express it freely.
4 Dec 1959 B8 Johnson Finds Treasure To run an office in the services efficiently
11 Dec 1959 B9 The Charter Trip to Antarctica For many months now, our island draft have been landing
18 Dec 1959 B10 Cementing Relations If ever a thing got the right name it’s a waiting room
25 Dec 1959 B11 Strike up the Band Whenever people decide to clean out a cupboard for you
1 Jan 1960 B12 The Route March There have been many books printed on the art of public speaking — including my own
8 Jan 1960 B13 The Trip Up the Thames A day with the crowd at the London sales can be grim
15 Jan 1960 B14 Every day there are board meetings taking place at which monumental decisions have to be
22 Jan 1960 B15 A Crisp Romance The snag about keeping a secret is that the person you’re sharing
29 Jan 1960 B16 The Lighthouse Lark The British are famed for being able to weather a storm
5 Feb 1960 B17 Pertwee Posted to Portsmouth For most of us, life is full of little surprises
12 Feb 1960 B18 Johnson's Diet In everyone’s life there is always a day of reckoning.
19 Feb 1960 B19 Tug-of-War From time to time, even in the best-run offices
26 Feb 1960 B20   No matter what position you hold, an interview with one’s superior can be very unnerving
4 Mar 1960 B21 The Cross Country Run Whatever job you have, be it ever so humble — like announcing for instance
11 Mar 1960 B22 The Morning After We all like going to parties. Last week all the announcers had one
18 Mar 1960 B23 The Admiral’s Present It’s always useful to meet one’s superiors informally.
25 Mar 1960 B24 Secret Mission to Calais It’s nice to get away from routine for a bit.
1 Apr 1960 B25 Mr Murray Goes Sick Did you ever get one of those days when nothing goes right?
8 Apr 1960 B26 The Potarneyland Fishing Limit Entertaining a Big Noise can be a bit overwhelming
11 May 1960 Bsp Wrens Reunion at the Festival Hall

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SERIES 3, 1960/61, 20 shows
Stephen Murray, Jon Pertwee & Leslie Phillips with Richard Caldicot, Ronnie Barker, Heather Chasen, Tenniel Evans, Michael Bates
Written by Laurie Wyman
Produced by Alastair Scott-Johnson
Povey gets promoted to captain, and he closes the island base and assigns Heather as his secretary. Lt Bates joins the crew as Electronics Officer (C3).
 
2 Nov 1960 C1 In Portsmouth for a Refit Considering the number of glancing blows
9 Nov 1960 C2 Refitting Ebenezer Pertwee’s Tug Gardening is just the job for a fit man
16 Nov 1960 C3 Sea Trials and the Poppadom We’re all a bit helpless when we meet
23 Nov 1960 C4 Mutiny Aboard Troutbridge Few of us can resist a slot machine
30 Nov 1960 C5 The Explosive Biscuits Teaching methods at school seem to have changed since my day
7 Dec 1960 C6 Sir Willoughby Takes Over the Island Isn’t it odd how some people are always in trouble no matter how hard they try to
14 Dec 1960 C7 Mount Rumpus Atoll High level conferences are always a worry to those awaiting the results
21 Dec 1960 C8 50th Show Special for the Queen Yes, this is the fiftieth show and my name is Robin Boyle.
28 Dec 1960 C9 Johnson’s Birthday Ladies and gentleman, this week, HMS Troutbridge welcomes the serving ship’s … If you happen to know Chief Petty Officer Pertwee
4 Jan 1961 C10 Povey’s Unexpected Leave There are certain things every man’s entitled to in life for they’re his heritage.
11 Jan 1961 C11 Families Day The trouble with relatives is that you don’t get a chance to choose them.
18 Jan 1961 C12 Ghost Ship They say that it’s cheaper by rail and a neighbour of mine has proved
25 Jan 1961 C13 Onabushkin_Flu The great outdoor fresh air life is supposed to help in preventing colds.
1 Feb 1961 C14   Like many of you, Mrs Boyle and I are quite naturally house proud
8 Feb 1961 C15 The Floggle Grummit Missile A bone of contention in most homes is the bathroom
15 Feb 1961 C16 The Hitch-Hiking Counterfeiter We all like to relax after a day’s work. Some like to stare
22 Feb 1961 C17 Commodore Goldstein Nothing does a chap so much good as an evening out with the boys
1 Mar 1961 C18 Mr Phillips Has Navigation Tuition With everyone’s domestic expenses there’s usually one item that rocks the family
8 Mar 1961 C19 CPO Pertwee and the Laundry My wife is always engaged in a running battle with our laundry
15 Mar 1961 C20   Yes, it’s time for the crew of HMS Troutbridge to go on leave again.

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SERIES 4, 1961/62, 26 shows
Jon Pertwee, Leslie Phillips & Stephen Murray with Richard Caldicot, Ronnie Barker, Heather Chasen, Judy Cornwell, Tenniel Evans, Michael Bates
Written by Laurie Wyman
Produced by Alastair Scott-Johnson
 
15 Sep 1961 D1 Returning from Leave Do you ever get one of those days when everything goes right?
22 Sep 1961 D2 Captain Povey’s Spy When one gets summoned to a high level meeting with one’s bosses
29 Sep 1961 D3   Now there are several things that can occur with boats.
6 Oct 1961 D4 The Northampton Hunt Ball Life is full of little surprises for most people
13 Oct 1961 D5 Hijacked Now I’ve had an absolutely shocking week. On Monday...
20 Oct 1961 D6 Admiral Troutbridge Birthdays are one of two things. If they’re yours they’re exciting
27 Oct 1961 D7 Relatives and Reservations The snag about having relatives to stay
3 Nov 1961 D8 Humgrummits on the High Seas There are times in a man’s life when he feels like changing his profession
10 Nov 1961 D9 Are Captain and Mrs Povey Married? They say marriage is a wonderful institution. Well to be more exact
17 Nov 1961 D10 Ciné Cameras at Sea Odd people dropping in unexpectedly can be rather fun
24 Nov 1961 D11 The Citizen Adjustment Course In any large concern there is always a vast amount of correspondence
1 Dec 1961 D12 A Hole Lieutenant Automation is creeping in everywhere
8 Dec 1961 D13 Spy Catching in Casablanca It’s funny how things don’t always work out as you expect at times
15 Dec 1961 D14 Mount Pot Erupts We can all get caught on the hop at times
22 Dec 1961 D15 Captain Povey’s Shop That menace of Portsmouth command, grim faced Captain Povey, the thing from outer
29 Dec 1961 D16 Leading Seaman Goldstein’s Party Sometimes it’s not easy to find the best way to break unexpected news
5 Jan 1962 D17 The Invitation I always find those official printed invitations to functions pretty baffling.
12 Jan 1962 D18   One of the snags about being in the Navy is that you are liable to be sent
19 Jan 1962 D19 A Strange Hobby They say that every man should have a hobby
26 Jan 1962 D20 Mr Phillips Gets Engaged Like most men I’ve often wondered what girls talk about when they’re together
2 Feb 1962 D21 The Sinking of the Bubble Car Well now that Sub Lt Phillips has become engaged to Heather
9 Feb 1962 D22 Long Jonathan Pertwee Large concerns all have different methods of communication
16 Feb 1962 D23 The Admiral’s Accident Report When your boss wants to see you in his office it’s panic making enough
23 Feb 1962 D24 Over the Sea to Rosyth Once again the Captain and crew of HMS Troutbridge are completely in the muck
2 Mar 1962 D25 The Return of Sir Frederick Flatley What could be nicer than spending a quiet evening at home with the wife
9 Mar 1962 D26 The Ship’s Concert Yes it’s almost time for the crew of HMS Troutbridge to go on leave

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SERIES 5, 1963, 10 + 6 shows
Stephen Murray, Jon Pertwee & Leslie Phillips with Richard Caldicot, Janet Brown, Ronnie Barker, Tenniel Evans, Laurie Wyman [some]
Written by Laurie Wyman
Produced by Alastair Scott-Johnson
The first 10 episodes saw the crew running a television station, in The TV Lark
 
5 Apr 1963 E1 First Day Out of Dock Well, rescued from civvy street, the crew of HMS Troutbridge are now safely aboard again
12 Apr 1963 E2 100th Edition Ladies and gentlemen, tonight we're proud to celebrate the 100th Lark ...
Although they may not realise it, ever since 1959 when the crew of HMS Troutbridge
19 Apr 1963 E3 A Deliberate Bashing For the crew of Troutbridge a summons to Captain Povey’s office is a two-edged sword
26 Apr 1963 E4 Whittlesea Regatta A visit to admiralty is always a little unnerving for Captain Povey
3 May 1963 E5 HMS Troutbridge Gets a Rocket When Graham Bell invented the telephone he started something
10 May 1963 E6 The Ghost Ship It’s been said that nothing can stop the march of progress

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SERIES 6, 1963/64, 19 shows
Stephen Murray, Jon Pertwee & Leslie Phillips with Richard Caldicot, Heather Chasen, Michael Bates, Ronnie Barker (not F7), Tenniel Evans, Laurie Wyman [some]
Written by Laurie Wyman
Produced by Alastair Scott-Johnson
 
27 Sep 1963 F1 Wren Chasen Returns Well here’s my bit and this is Robin Boyle doing it. To the hysterical and unbounded
4 Oct 1963 F2 On the Carpet And before we go any further this is Robin Boyle speaking
11 Oct 1963 F3 The Bungalese Spies There’s nothing a hard working man like Captain Povey likes more at the end of a hard
18 Oct 1963 F4 Troutbridge’s Party The British Navy has always been steeped in tradition
25 Oct 1963 F5 Rescuing Admirals Regular listeners will know that the engagement between Wren Chasen and Sub
1 Nov 1963 F6 Demise of the Depth Charges There’s a saying true love never runs smooth and in the Royal Navy
8 Nov 1963 F7 The Struggle For Promotion (aka Taking some Liberties) They say that given the opportunity, even a worm will turn
15 Nov 1963 F8 Fred Computables (aka Taking some Liberties) Once more HMS Troutbridge is in dry-dock
22 Nov 1963 F9 Stormy Weather (aka Bashing Six Kinds of Brick Dust) The trouble with women is they don’t like things to drift
29 Nov 1963 F10 Chasing the Kepeac (aka Doing an Unfortunate) The do-it-yourself craze has really spread in the last few years
6 Dec 1963 F11 The Submerged Island Home is the sailor, home from the sea
13 Dec 1963 F12 The Sicilian Secret Agent And before I get on with my usual bit of old gubbins about this week’s story
20 Dec 1963 F13 Germany’s Troutbridge Have you noticed that once you get into the dog house with women, everything you say
27 Dec 1963 F14 Confirming Povey’s Rank Well, if anyone’s interested, I’ve lost a 15-sided nut off my vacuum cleaner
3 Jan 1964 F15 The Calais Dock Strike (aka Ferrying Their Way Through) Regular listeners will remember that I lost a 15-sided nut off my vacuum cleaner
10 Jan 1964 F16 Johnson’s Memoirs (aka Taking Liberties With History) Now then, about this 15-sided nut I’ve lost off my vacuum cleaner, I’m not going to mess about
17 Jan 1964 F17 The Emperor of Tratvia Now about this 15-sided nut that’s missing off my vacuum cleaner - I still haven’t been
24 Jan 1964 F18 Open Day (aka Doing Their Fifteen-Sided Nuts) Now then about this 15-sided nut I’ve lost off my vacuum cleaner - I shan’t keep you
31 Jan 1964 F19 Stuck on a Sand Bank [Vacuum cleaner noise] You hear that? I’ve got one! A 15-sided nut for my vacuum

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SERIES 7, 1965, 13 shows
Stephen Murray, Jon Pertwee & Leslie Phillips with Richard Caldicot, Heather Chasen, Michael Bates, Ronnie Barker, Tenniel Evans, Laurie Wyman [some]
Written by Laurie Wyman
Produced by Alastair Scott-Johnson
 
11 Jul 1965 G1 Taking Some Liberties (aka Back in the Muck Again) And this is Robin, I’m the one who does the early morning programmes
18 Jul 1965 G2 Smugglers in the Solent I suppose we all regret the telephone was ever invented at times.
25 Jul 1965 G3 Mr Murray is Victimised (aka Doing a Mischief) Well, as regular listeners will know, this is a recorded broadcast
1 Aug 1965 G4 The Poveys Move House Well listeners at home might like to know that this programme is heard in various
8 Aug 1965 G5 Captain Povey Reports Sick Now I shan’t keep you long but I want a word with all the people who so kindly
15 Aug 1965 G6 Admiral Pertwee’s Fleet Now then — about this saucy Lillian Gish calender that was nicked out of my Office at Broadcasting House
22 Aug 1965 G7 Let Loose With a Chopper And now then about the saucy Lillian Gish calendar that was whipped out of my office at Broadcasting House. It still hasn’t been returned
29 Aug 1965 G8 A Change of Heart (aka Making a Right Pig’s Breakfast) Now about this saucy Lillian Gish calendar that was nicked out of my office at Broadcasting House. Pertwee: Oh blimey. Look you still going on about that?
Alt: The engagement between Sub Lieutenant Phillips and Wren Chasen has become an accepted way of life aboard HMS Troutbridge
5 Sep 1965 G9 The Mysterious Pudding Mine Well now, about this saucy Lillian Gish calendar that was whipped out of my office at Broadcasting House. Pertwee: Oh for crying out loud, you’re not still nattering on
12 Sep 1965 G10 The Hovercraft Training Course (aka Belting Three Feet Up in the Air Through) Now I do realise that you’ve all been doing your best to replace the saucy Lillian Gish calender
19 Sep 1965 G11 The Sabotaged Floggle-Toggle-Box (aka Floggle-Toggling Their Way Through) Being in the doghouse is no novelty to the crew of HMS Troutbridge
26 Sep 1965 G12 The Potarneyland Training Exercise Now then — about this saucy Lillian Gish calender that some thieving hound pinched out of my
3 Oct 1965 G13 Going on Leave to Croydon Now then. about this saucy Lilian Gish calender that was nicked out of Robin's Office at Broadcasting House.
Alt:Well all good things come to an end. Fortunately all bad things come to an end as well

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SERIES 8, 1966, 13 shows
Stephen Murray, Jon Pertwee & Leslie Phillips with Richard Caldicot, Heather Chasen, Michael Bates, Ronnie Barker, Tenniel Evans, Laurie Wyman [some]
Written by Laurie Wyman
Produced by Alastair Scott-Johnson
 
4 Sep 1966 H1 Where is Troutbridge? (aka Searching for Their Ship) There are hot lines from country to country
11 Sep 1966 H2 The Float-a-Peddle Fiddle (aka Float-a-peddling Their Way Through) Going abroad can be an enormous thrill
18 Sep 1966 H3 A Sticky Business (aka Gumming Up the Works) After a hard day in the office
25 Sep 1966 H4 Buoys Will Be Buoys (aka Buoying Up) Well, what does the word “seal” mean to most of us?
2 Oct 1966 H5 Steamship Day (aka Charitably Taking Part) When the sailor returns home from the sea, there’s nothing
9 Oct 1966 H6 Farewell to HMS Varsity (aka Drifting Through) From time to time we all suffer from a dose of nostalgia
16 Oct 1966 H7 The Army Lark (aka Blowing Themselves Up) When you have a dodgy old reputation such as the crew of HMS Troutbridge
23 Oct 1966 H8 Just the Ticket (aka Buying Tickets) The old adage that the path of true love never runs smooth
30 Oct 1966 H9 Mr Phillips’ Promotion (aka Suffering Their Customary Indignities) No matter what your occupation, there’s always the possibility you’ll find a typewritten
6 Nov 1966 H10 Pertwee and the Tratvian Beer (aka Brewing Their Way Up) The morning after the night before is always extremely amusing to everyone who wasn’t with you the
13 Nov 1966 H11 The PM Papa One of the disadvantages of being a frigate in Her Majesty’s Navy is that from time to
20 Nov 1966 H12 Getting Rid of Pertwee (aka Blowing Smoke) For Captain Povey there’s no such thing as a good day or a bad day.
27 Nov 1966 H13 Off to Sea at Last (aka Doing Their Nuts for the Last Time in the Current Series) It has been said that what you learn from listening at, or looking through, keyholes

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SERIES 9, 1967, 20 shows
Stephen Murray, Jon Pertwee & Leslie Phillips with Richard Caldicot, Heather Chasen, Michael Bates, Ronnie Barker, Tenniel Evans, Laurie Wyman [some], Amanda Murray [some]
Written by Laurie Wyman
Produced by Alastair Scott-Johnson
 
2 Jul 1967 I1 Back from the Antarctic (aka Have Been Towing) Just about the most disastrous thing that can happen to any man
9 Jul 1967 I2 Fishers off the Faeroes (aka Fishing in Troubled Waters) There’s only one thing worse than knowing what’s going on
16 Jul 1967 I3 A Filthy Ferryboat (aka Cleaning Up) If ever there’s a moment in your life when you have cause to feel utter consternation
23 Jul 1967 I4 Jigsaws and Jemmies (aka Doing a Disastrical) Have you noticed that always when you have a really important appointment
30 Jul 1967 I5 The Naval Review (aka Deliberately Abandoned) Although most of us worry from time to time, there are people
6 Aug 1967 I6 The Curious Caravan Case (aka Going Caravaning) These days our lives are beset by rules and regulations
13 Aug 1967 I7 Frenchmen in J.41 (aka Having a Bit of Trouble With the French) The good neighbour policy is something which we’re all encouraged to pursue
20 Aug 1967 I8 The Police Drop In (aka Tangling With the Law) It is the duty of each and every one of us, as upright and respected citizens
27 Aug 1967 I9 Mr Murray’s Endurance Course (aka Have Been Assaulting) Whatever job you hold there’s always that ghastly day when your employer tells you
3 Sep 1967 I10 Women in the Wardroom (aka Have Been Redecorating) Most of us do a certain amount of entertaining in our own homes
10 Sep 1967 I11 Troutbridge’s Silver Jubilee Party (aka Celebrating Their Important Anniversary) I imagine everybody cops a rocket from time to time
17 Sep 1967 I12 CECIL the Navigation Computer (aka Computerising) There’s no doubt about it, that in the future this particular period of civilisation
24 Sep 1967 I13 A Russian Rendezvous (aka Seeing Red) Most people look forward to Friday
1 Oct 1967 I14 The Bugged and Burgled Beer (aka Bugging) Whatever article you buy these days the only thing that you can
8 Oct 1967 I15 Picking Up the Poppadom (aka Flying in the Face) There’s an old adage which says neither a borrower of a lender be
15 Oct 1967 I16 Cuthbert Joins the Navy (aka Recruiting) There comes a morning in every man’s life, when he is awakened by a prolonged and
22 Oct 1967 I17 The Flying Machine (aka Frustrating the Spark of Invention) Even if one has the ready cash available, one of the most
Alt: None of us exactly enjoy popping postage stamps into our mouths
29 Oct 1967 I18 When Sub Lt Phillips was at Dartmouth (aka Doing Some Historical Research) I suppose we all learn eventually that things are not always what they seem to be
5 Nov 1967 I19 A Fishy Business (aka Frying Up) Of all social engagements perhaps the one most fraught with difficulties is the
12 Nov 1967 I20 Troutbridge in Quarantine (aka Have Been Painting Pink Spots) No matter how well stocked your store cupboard may be

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SERIES 10, 1968/69, 18 shows
Stephen Murray, Jon Pertwee & Leslie Phillips with Richard Caldicot, Heather Chasen, Michael Bates, Tenniel Evans, Laurie Wyman [some], Nigel Graham [some], Elizabeth Morgan [some]
Written by Laurie Wyman
Produced by Alastair Scott-Johnson
 
13 Oct 1968 J1 Troutbridge Electrifies Portsmouth (aka Lighting Up) I’ve no idea who it was who wrote “absence makes the heart grow fonder”
20 Oct 1968 J2 The Redundancy Drive (aka Defending) If there’s one thing Captain Povey really enjoys, it’s getting to his office every morning
27 Oct 1968 J3 The Smugglers Return (aka Dredging Their Way Through) There’s a well-known saying that travel broadens the mind
3 Nov 1968 J4 Captain Trotter Takes Charge (aka Instructing Their New CO in the Ways) There are certain people who appear to go through life
10 Nov 1968 J5 The Anti-Submarine Missile (aka Visiting Broadstairs) It’s always when things are going smoothly
17 Nov 1968 J6 Sub-Conductor Phillips (aka Accredited) For most of us these days, shopping is a matter of trying to work out which of the
24 Nov 1968 J7 The South Kawowan Summit (aka Have been appearing) The decent, likeable chap one meets at the bar of the local
1 Dec 1968 J8 Pertwee’s Enlistment Expires (aka Avoiding Redundancy) A summons to Captain Povey’s Office first thing in the morning means
8 Dec 1968 J9 Capt Povey Takes Over (aka Have Been Exercising) Well, Captain Povey’s lot can hardly be called a happy one at the best of times
15 Dec 1968 J10 Sir Willoughby Goes to Kawowa (aka Crashing Their Way Through) The prospect of meeting an admiral, first thing in the morning
22 Dec 1968 J11 The Padre’s Birthday (aka Presented the Padre) Anniversaries always create a lot of excitement
29 Dec 1968 J12 The Portsmouth Kiosk (aka Blowing Up) We're all creatures of habit
5 Jan 1969 J13 The Radio Beacon (aka Shot At) When Edison Bell invented the telephone he really didn’t know what he was doing to everybody
12 Jan 1969 J14 Mr Phillips’s Wrong Uniform (aka Have Been Masquerading) Sub Lt Phillips’ navigation methods rather follow along the lines of that other
19 Jan 1969 J15 Harold Wilson Reviews the Fleet (aka Have Been Breaking Up) A chap’s home is supposed to be his castle but it certainly isn’t if
26 Jan 1969 J16 The Relief of the Weather Ship (aka Weathering) There’s nothing like a peaceful day off in the middle of the week
2 Feb 1969 J17 The Mickey Mouse Toothbrush (aka Bunging Up) Perhaps the most dangerous invention of the Swinging Sixties
Alt: The Do-It-Yourself man is dangerous enough around the house, but aboard a ship
9 Feb 1969 J18 The Brick Smugglers Every man likes an evening out with the boys now and then.

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SERIES 11, 1969/70, 16 shows
Stephen Murray, Jon Pertwee & Leslie Phillips with Richard Caldicot, Heather Chasen, Michael Bates, Tenniel Evans, Laurie Wyman [some]
Written by Laurie Wyman
Produced by Alastair Scott-Johnson
 
28 Dec 1969 K1 Lt Commander Murray and the Squatters (aka Desquatting Troutbridge) All good things come to an end even in the services. The crew
4 Jan 1970 K2 What is the SSE? (aka Admiral Hunting) For Captain Povey, all days start the same way. After a dirty great plateful
11 Jan 1970 K3 CPO Pertwee Climbs Up the Promotion Ladder (aka Promoting) For Captain Povey, every day in his office is a new challenge
18 Jan 1970 K4 Stranded (aka Captain Povey as Governor of Forbodia aka Running Aground) In the Services, there is only one thing worse than actually being in the muck
25 Jan 1970 K5 Sir Willoughby’s Party (aka Starred) One of the problems with Mr Murray’s promotion is that as the captain of Troutbridge
1 Feb 1970 K6 The Fleet Initiative Test (aka Taking the Initiative) We all take a chance in life. Some of us win, most of us lose. Take Captain Povey
8 Feb 1970 K7 CPO Pertwee’s Long Service Medal (aka Proving) We all of us have to put up with minor disappointments from time to time
15 Feb 1970 K8 The Phenomenal Pertwee Tug (aka Hunting Flying Saucers) Like most husbands, I’m not much of a do-it-yourself man
22 Feb 1970 K9 The Security Clampdown (aka Spy-catching) We all of us have our little secrets. Even I, Michael de Morgan, announcer
1 Mar 1970 K10 The Anniversary and the Washing Machine (aka Having Trouble With a Washing Machine) We men can’t really blame our wives for complaining about the arduous housework
8 Mar 1970 K11 The Forbodians Hijack Troutbridge (aka Spy Catching) My wife and I often have uninvited guests and now, through constant practice
15 Mar 1970 K12 Number One Gets Married (aka Getting Spliced) Most of us think about marriage sometime
22 Mar 1970 K13 The Honeymooners Return (aka Bombarding) Now we all know that there are certain advantages in marrying the boss’s daughter.
29 Mar 1970 K14 CPO Pertwee and the Lead Half-Crowns (aka Trying for the Jackpot) On those occasions when there’s nothing on the telly, and The Navy Lark
5 Apr 1970 K15 Sub-Lt Phillips to Leave for Dartmouth (aka Dartmouth Naval College Has Had a Narrow Escape) There’s no future in digging up the past. For instance, what could be worse than
12 Apr 1970 K16 The Mark 31 Radar (aka Bashing Up the Radar) The only thing that’s right about the wife’s family for most men is

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SERIES 12, 1971, 11 shows
Stephen Murray, Jon Pertwee & Leslie Phillips with Richard Caldicot, Heather Chasen, Michael Bates, Tenniel Evans, Laurie Wyman [some]
Written by Laurie Wyman & George Evans
Produced by Alastair Scott-Johnson
 
16 May 1971 L1 The Put-A-Horse-Out-To-Graze Fund (aka Rattling Their Collecting Tins) All good things come to an end and unfortunately for the Admiralty this is terribly true
23 May 1971 L2 Impressions for Survival (aka Demonstrating the Art of Personal Survival) We all know when we’ve done it once too often. There’s the time when
30 May 1971 L3 The Beard-Growing Race Some men are born with the gambling instinct. They’ll bet on anything.
6 Jun 1971 L4 The Mysterious Radio Signals (aka Da-Da Dot-Dotting Their Way Through) As regular listeners will know, Sub Lt Phillips’ romantic path never runs true
13 Jun 1971 L5 Operation Recovery (aka Going Off Bang) Marriage is an old institution
20 Jun 1971 L6 The Slogan Contest (aka Assisting the Recruiting Drive) Little do people appreciate what hidden tensions
27 Jun 1971 L7 Sir Willoughby at Shanghai What everyone likes to do is get away from it all
4 Jul 1971 L8 Operation Cowes Barge Has your past ever caught up with you?
11 Jul 1971 L9 Number One’s Anniversary Moods are like politicians — they’re totally unpredictable!
18 Jul 1971 L10 The Loch Ness Monster What keeps us going all the year round is the thought of the paid holiday to come
25 Jul 1971 L11 The Forbodian Attaché

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SERIES 13, 1972, 13 shows
Stephen Murray, Jon Pertwee & Leslie Phillips with Richard Caldicot, Heather Chasen, Michael Bates, Tenniel Evans, Laurie Wyman [some], June Whitfield [M1]
Written by Laurie Wyman & George Evans
Produced by Alastair Scott-Johnson
 
26 Mar 1972 M1 The TV Documentary The British Broadcasting Corporation is a truly wonderful and enterprising
2 Apr 1972 M2 The POW Escape Exercise (aka Escaping Back Into) All men feel like prisoners at times, particularly if they’re married.
9 Apr 1972 M3 Number One’s Married Quarters (aka Spying Out the Land) Let’s face it there is a housing problem in this country
16 Apr 1972 M4 The Newhaven-Dieppe Smuggling Run (aka Operating for Profit) The French have a wonderful way with words
23 Apr 1972 M5 The Bumble Spit Lighthouse Affair (aka Cavorting About) Of course, the reason they always ask me to do the introductions
30 Apr 1972 M6 The Tonipouhaha Treasure (aka Digging Themselves Stupid) There are various kinds of parties which we’ve all attended in our time.
7 May 1972 M7 The USA Navigator Swap (aka Fostering International Good Will) Meetings are funny things. The BBC continually holds top level meetings
14 May 1972 M8 Son of a Sea Lord (aka Sailing Victoriously) Promotion always comes to him who waits. As you know I
21 May 1972 M9 Hypnotising Ramona (aka Hypnotised) All husbands constantly ask themselves, “Are you a man or a mouse?”
28 May 1972 M10 The Master of Sardinia (aka Mastering) At some time or other everybody’s been discovered doing something they shouldn’t do
4 Jun 1972 M11 Opportunity Knockers (aka Digging for Talent) Let’s face it, we’re all good at something
11 Jun 1972 M12 Friday the 13th (aka Stopping a Leak) We all have our little secrets. In my wife’s case, it’s her age
18 Jun 1972 M13 The New NAAFI (aka Whoosh-bang, All Gone Pertwee) We all try to get something for nothing

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SERIES 14, 1973, 13 shows
Stephen Murray, Jon Pertwee & Leslie Phillips with Richard Caldicot, Heather Chasen, Michael Bates, Tenniel Evans, Laurie Wyman [some]
Written by Laurie Wyman & George Evans
Produced by Alastair Scott-Johnson
 
29 Jul 1973 N1 The Montezuela Revolution (aka Revolting) “Excuse me Sir I’m from the BBC.” “Well don’t complain to me, we all have to work”
5 Aug 1973 N2 The Island Swordfish (aka Having Their Little Boats Eaten) Oh thank you so much for all that applause. I’m extremely touched by
12 Aug 1973 N3 Bunged in the Brig (aka Bunged in the Rattle) They say that everyone in the world has a double somewhere
19 Aug 1973 N4 Kidnapped Down Under (aka Doing a Kangaroo Polka) I often wonder how many of you ordinary people out there realise what
26 Aug 1973 N5 The Digital Isles Go Unstable (aka Removing the Digits) People can get upset over practically anything
2 Sep 1973 N6 Egbert Hitches a Ride (aka Bombed by the Raffia) The Post Office — presumably to pay for yet another set of
9 Sep 1973 N7 Povey an Admiral at Last (aka Crossing their Wires) The English, from toff to working class, have always had a sense of occasion
16 Sep 1973 N8 The Borgholm Horse Trials (aka Nobbled) Meeting people, either socially or professionally, is always interesting
23 Sep 1973 N9 Captain Povey’s Wig (aka Mastering) These days, most of us find that life is anything but a game
30 Sep 1973 N10 The Brain Pill (aka Taking the Pill With Disastrous Consequences) We have a lot to thank science for. I mean if hadn’t been for scientists
7 Oct 1973 N11 Operation Showcase (aka Demonstrating Their Firepower) Of course, by now, the rest of the Common Market countries will have realised
14 Oct 1973 N12 CPO Pertwee Yachtmonger (aka Living the High Life) Well, once again I haven’t won the pools, my horse lost yesterday
21 Oct 1973 N13 The Talpinium Shell (aka Have Gone Bang) As we all know, things aren’t always what they seem to be

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SERIES 15, 1975/76, 11 shows
Stephen Murray, Jon Pertwee & Leslie Phillips with Richard Caldicot, Heather Chasen, Michael Bates, Tenniel Evans, April Walker [some], Laurie Wyman [some]
Written by Laurie Wyman & George Evans
Produced by Alastair Scott-Johnson
For this series, there were no introductory remarks, they just went into the start of the episode, with the theme music and announcements coming after a minute or two
 
9 Nov 1975 O1 Sequel to the Talpinium Shell (aka Blowing off Troutbridge) [Ship’s whistle] Phillips: Left hand down a bit
16 Nov 1975 O2 NANA (aka Being Rude to Their NANA) [Ship’s whistle] Phillips: Gosh that’s something. At least our hooter still works
23 Nov 1975 O3 Helen, the New Wren (aka Fallen Victim to the Green Eye of Jealousy) [Ship’s engine] Phillips: Steady at that, Chief. No, no, no, I’m wrong
30 Nov 1975 O4 Relief for Station 150 (aka Were Freezing Their Assets) [Ship’s whistle] Phillips: Hey, hey, hey, who did that?
7 Dec 1975 O5 Black is Beautiful (aka Rejuvenating) Pertwee: [Laughs] Stone me! The Naval News is getting positively pornographic!
14 Dec 1975 O6 Sidney and the Stamp (aka Throwing Their Voices) Myrtle: Ebenezer Pertwee’s War Surplus Emporium Limited.
21 Dec 1975 O7 Commander Murray Becomes a Showjumper (aka Riding to Victory) [Ship’s whistle] Pertwee: Mr Phillips, sir. And may one ask why one blew one’s siren
28 Dec 1975 O8 Horrible Horace Stirs It Up (aka Confounding the Ungodly) Povey: Captain Povey’s office, Captain Povey speaking. Mrs P: Ah, so you are there
4 Jan 1976 O9 Officers’ and Gents’ Lib (aka Burning Their Bras) [Knocking] Pertwee: Mr Phillips, sir. Mr Phillips, sir. Are you there?
11 Jan 1976 O10 The Case of the HGM Mark 5 (aka Drowning Their Hum Grummit) [Train] Phillips: Gosh! How clever of British Rail.
18 Jan 1976 O11 Uncle Wilberforce Pertwee (aka Having a History Lesson) Admiral: Oi! I’m the Admiral and this is my Court of Inquiry
SPECIAL, 1977
Leslie Phillips, Jon Pertwee & Stephen Murray with Richard Caldicot, Heather Chasen, Tenniel Evans, Michael Bates
Written by Laurie Wyman
Produced by Alastair Scott-Johnson
 
16 Jul 1977 OSP Queen’s Silver Jubilee Edition (aka The BBC are Sending the Bill to Buckingham Palace) Ladies and gentlemen, we present a special Silver Jubilee edition of … You impetuous buffoons. Surely you realise that by letting the crew of HMS Troutbridge

The alternative titles are based on the phrases used at the end of the show (in the early series, this was always “Working their passage”)

Alternate starts: “My info is that the TS edits gained different first lines when the UK version was topical, or part of an ongoing joke line, or when they just felt like it. So lots of shows have two beginnings.” — Wyl E Cyote, 30 Mar 2002

The alternate start for J17 actually appears part-way through the opening announcement. In some versions, the first part of the announcement, with some repartee about the announcer’s suit, is absent.

Links:
The Navy Lark Appreciation Societywww.navylark.org.uk
BBC 7's Navy Lark Page: www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7/comedy/progpages/navylark.shtml
BBC Shop - Navy Lark tapes: www.bbcshop.com/icat/42

Originally compiled by Eric Eales,
Amendments by Dave, 28 Mar 2002,
Extra information from Wyl E Cyote, 30 Mar 2002, still@it.com
More information from Ian Ellis, 7 Apr 2002.
Most of the remaining gaps filled by information posted by SadSack, 16 Feb 2003 (we don't know who originally compiled it)
Last updated on 01 February 2007 at 15:27

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