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Audiobooks Narrated by Ronnie Barker

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Porridge: 12 episodes from the classic prison sitcom Audiobook

Porridge: 12 episodes from the classic prison sitcom

Here is the unforgettable 'Fletch', everyone's favourite criminal, making the most of his enforced stay at Her Majesty's Pleasure. Never a man to shrink from a challenge, even from behind bars, Fletch could manage anything from organising a win on the horses to buying a council flat in Mayfair. Amazing his cell mates and infuriating officialdom, Fletch, the Arthur Daley of penal servitude, always comes out on top. Starring Ronnie Barker with Brian Wilde, Richard Beckinsale, and Fulton Mackay, here are twelve prize shows from the original television series: Prisoner and Escort (1 April 1973) Norman Stanley Fletcher, a career criminal, and his escorts - soft-hearted Mr Barrowclough and authoritarian Mr Mackay - make the journey on New Year's Eve from London up to Slade Prison in Cumberland. A Night In (19 September 1974) Godber is moved into Fletch's cell, and confides that he finds it tough each time the door bangs shut. Fletch advises him to think of it as 'a quiet night in': but the trouble is, Godber has 698 more nights to get through. Heartbreak Hotel (31 October 1975) Godber has an uncharacteristically violent episode after receiving a 'Dear John' letter from his fiancée Denise. Fletcher tries to help him, but Fletch's daughter Ingrid proves more of a consolation. Disturbing the Peace (7 November 1975) With Mackay away on a course, the prisoners plan to have some fun, but it turns out his replacement, Wainwright, is even worse. His excessive discipline causes a riot, and it's left to Fletcher to sort out the situation. No Peace For The Wicked (14 November 1975) With everyone watching a football match, Fletch attempts to snatch a few precious minutes of peace and quiet, only to suffer constant interruptions, among whom are Mackay and visiting members of the Home Office, who then insist on questioning Fletch about his views on the penal system. The Harder They Fall (21 November 1975) Godber's been chosen for the boxing team, so naturally everybody wants a bit of a flutter. When rivals Grouty and Billy Moffatt both want to fix the fight different ways, only Fletch looks like coming out the winner. No Way Out (24 December 1975) A planned escape causes all kinds of trouble just before Christmas, and Fletch attempts to spend some valuable time in the infirmary. The Desperate Hours (24 December 1976) Fletcher, Godber, Barrowclough and the governor's secretary are held hostage by a mad prisoner with a homemade gun attempting to escape. Poetic Justice (25 February 1977) Fletch is incensed to discover that he is getting a new cell-mate. To make matters worse, it turns out that the cell-mate is the judge that sentenced him. Rough Justice (4 March 1977) After the judge's watch is stolen, everyone is convinced that Harris is the culprit, and so a kangaroo court is set up in an effort to convict him of the crime. Pardon Me (11 March 1977) Blanco refuses parole after serving a life sentence for a murder he's always claimed he never committed, so Fletch sets up an appeal committee to get him pardoned. A Test of Character (18 March 1977) Fletch is determined to help Godber pass his History O-level, so he has Warren steal the papers, only to discover that Godber doesn't want them. Meanwhile, a debate flares up over a claim of Warren's that, at a certain scale, the nearest star from the Sun would be in Johannesburg.

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The Navy Lark: 60th Anniversary Special Edition Audiobook

The Navy Lark: 60th Anniversary Special Edition

Author: Laurie Wyman, Lawrie Wyman Narrator: Jon Pertwee, Leslie Phillips, Ronnie Barker, Stephen Murray Release Date: March 2019

A 60th anniversary celebration of the much-loved nautical comedy, featuring seventeen 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 seventeen 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 eleven 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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The Navy Lark: Volume 33: The classic BBC radio sitcom Audiobook

The Navy Lark: Volume 33: The classic BBC radio sitcom

Author: Laurie Wyman, Lawrie Wyman Narrator: Jon Pertwee, Leslie Phillips, Ronnie Barker, Stephen Murray Release Date: May 2018

Jon Pertwee, Leslie Phillips and Stephen Murray star in four more classic episodes of the much-loved nautical comedyHijacked! ('Working Their Passage') 13 October 1961Mr Merrivale of Naval Expenditure decides to split up the troublesome crew of HMS Troutbridge, but a plan to remove the ship while they are away on leave goes somewhat awry...Admiral Troutbridge ('Working Their Passage') 20 October 1961At a nosh-up for the late Admiral's 220th birthday, Pertwee has a historical tale to tell, and relates the true story of the events of 1797.The Smugglers Return ('Dredging Their Way Through') 27 October 1968When HMS Troutbridge accidentally knocks a customs officer into the dock, the crew must rescue him from one side while hastily dumping their smuggled contraband over the other...Commander Trotter Takes Charge ('Instructing Their New CO In The Ways Of ') 3 November 1968With Commander Bell away on compassionate leave, the crew are allocated a new CO - Commander Trotter, who hasn't been to sea in years.Starring Jon Pertwee, Leslie Phillips and Stephen Murray, with Ronnie Barker, Richard Caldicot, Heather Chasen, Tenniel Evans, Michael Bates and Judy Cornwall.

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The Navy Lark: Volume 30 - A Sticky Business: Classic BBC Radio Comedy Audiobook

The Navy Lark: Volume 30 - A Sticky Business: Classic BBC Radio Comedy

Author: Laurie Wyman, Lawrie Wyman Narrator: , Jon Pertwee, Leslie Phillips, Ronnie Barker Release Date: May 2016

Jon Pertwee, Leslie Phillips and Stephen Murray star in four episodes of the classic BBC radio comedy series. 'The Hovercraft Training Course' (12 September 1965): Pertwee and Phillips are sent on a course run by Commander Ward to learn to drive a hovercraft. However, they end up more than a little off course...'A Sticky Business' (18 September 1966): When Troutbridge is instructed to rendezvous with the tanker Admiral Drake on a refuelling exercise, things do not quite go as planned.'Operation Showcase' (7 October 1973): Left out of a special operation designed to show off the British Navy, the crew of HMS Troutbridge are determined to be involved. Naturally, their attempts to take part cause chaos.'Relief for Station 150' (30 November 1975): Troutbridge is sent on a special mission to the Arctic to exchange Commander Wetherby for Lt. Thompson, who has vital information on the Russian ‘fishing fleet’. Will they get their man? These hilarious BBC radio episodes also feature Ronnie Barker, Richard Caldicot, Heather Chasen, Tenniel Evans and Michael Bates. Duration: 2 hours approx.

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The Navy Lark Collection: Series 9: July - November 1967 Audiobook

The Navy Lark Collection: Series 9: July - November 1967

All 20 episodes from the ninth series of this much-loved BBC radio classic comedy starring Stephen Murray, Leslie Phillips and Jon Pertwee. This set contains the episodes Back from the Antarctic, Fishing off the Faroes, A Filthy Ferryboat, Jigsaws and Jemmies, The Naval Review, The Curious Caravan Case, Frenchmen in J.41, The Police Drop In, Mr Murray's Endurance Course, Women in the Wardroom, Troutbridge's Silver Jubilee Party, CECIL The Navigation Computer, A Russian Rendezvous, The Bugged and Burgled Beer, Picking up the Poppadom, Cuthbert Joins the Navy, The Flying Machine, When Sub Lt Phillips Was at Dartmouth, A Fishy Business and Troutbridge in Quarantine. With a starring cast of Stephen Murray, Leslie Phillips and Jon Pertwee, ably supported by Richard Caldicot, Heather Chasen, Ronnie Barker, Tenniel Evans and Michael Bates, The Navy Lark remains buoyant after all these years.

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Navy Lark, The  Volume 28 - Troutbridge's Party Audiobook

Navy Lark, The Volume 28 - Troutbridge's Party

Author: Laurie Wyman Narrator: Jon Pertwee, Leslie Phillips, Ronnie Barker, Stephen Murray, Tenniel Evans Release Date: September 2013

Jon Pertwee, Leslie Phillips, Stephen Murray and Ronnie Barker star in four more hilarious radio episodes. 'Troutbridge's Party'/''Finding Their Way Through' (18 October 1963): A peeved Pertwee is barred from a wardroom celebration for Admiral Sir Benjamin Troutbridge. 'Rescuing Admirals'/ 'Working Their Passage' (25 October 1963): The crew need to rescue two of the top brass from a lighthouse, Pertwee meets his uncle and an old face sails back. 'Captain Povey Reports Sick'/'Doing a Mischief' (8 August 1965): When the Captain catches a cold, Murray takes over and chaos ensues. Then Troutbridge is sent out to sea to look for a stranded boat - which, thanks to Mr Phillips, they can't find. 'The Relief of the Weather Ship'/'Weathering' (26 January 1959): Troutbridge needs to take a professor out to their weather ship urgently. However, the Professor turns out to be a rather attractive woman who catches the eye of the crew... With Richard Caldicot, Heather Chasen, Tenniel Evans and Michael Bates.

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The Navy Lark, Volume 27 - Have Been Masquerading Audiobook

The Navy Lark, Volume 27 - Have Been Masquerading

Author: Laurie Wyman Narrator: Jon Pertwee, Leslie Phillips, Ronnie Barker, Stephen Murray, Tenniel Evans Release Date: March 2013

Jon Pertwee, Leslie Phillips, Stephen Murray and Ronnie Barker star in four more classic radio episodes. 'Wren Chasen Returns'/'Working Their Passage' (27 September 1963): The crew return from leave to a shock - Troutbridge is to be mothballed in Plymouth. Meanwhile, Sub. Lt. Phillips is horrified to find that Wren Chasen is back after 11 months in Scotland, during which time he never wrote to her. 'On the Carpet'/'Working Their Passage' (4 October 1963: CPO Pertwee has stolen a carpet from Mr. Murray's cabin - but Murray has other things on his mind, as he is planning a romantic cinema trip with Heather. 'The Povey's Move House'/'Doing a Mischief' (1 August 1965): The Poveys are moving house - but Captain Povey has lost the money that his wife gave him to pay for the removal men, so he has to turn to Pertwee for help... 'Mr Philips' Wrong Uniform'/'Have Been Masquerading' (12 January 1969): After taking an unexpected dip, Mr Phillips' uniform is soaked - then a spell in the boiler room causes it to shrink! Tiddy picks up a spare from the dry cleaners, but there's a problem - the uniform he collects belongs to Captain Willis... Featuring Richard Caldicot, Heather Chasen, Tenniel Evans and Michael Bates.

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The Navy Lark, Volume 25 - Avoiding Redundancy, Complete Audiobook

The Navy Lark, Volume 25 - Avoiding Redundancy, Complete

Author: Laurie Wyman Narrator: Jon Pertwee, Leslie Phillips, Ronnie Barker, Stephen Murray, Tenniel Evans Release Date: May 2012

Jon Pertwee, Leslie Phillips, Stephen Murray and Ronnie Barker star in these four hilarious radio episodes. 'Farewell to HMS Varsity'/''Drifting Through' (9 October 1966): Lt. Murray's first command, the mine sweeper HMS Varsity, is being towed on its final trip to the breakers' yard - along with some unsuspecting passengers... 'The Army Lark'/''Blowing Themselves Up' (16 October 1966): The navy undertakes a combined exercise with the army - a nuisance raid on the coast of Belgium - and it's Troutbridge's duty to take an army platoon so they can detonate explosives on the beach. Naturally, Phillips has trouble finding Belgium. 'Pertwee's Enlistment Expires'/'Avoiding Redundancy' (1 December 1968): Pertwee has every right to be suspicious when he is summoned to Captain Povey's office and offered a cigar: he has forgotten to re-enlist in the senior service. Will he really be discharged? 'The POW Escape Exercise'/'Escaping Back Into' (2 April 1972): Pertwee, Phillips and Murray are transported to a secret location in the back of a military truck as part of a new naval initiative. Their mission? To escape from a POW camp under the simulation of wartime conditions... With Richard Caldicot, Heather Chasen, Tenniel Evans and Michael Bates.

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Navy Lark, The  Volume 22 - Doing An Unfortunate Audiobook

Navy Lark, The Volume 22 - Doing An Unfortunate

Author: Laurie Wyman Narrator: Jon Pertwee, Leslie Phillips, Ronnie Barker, Stephen Murray, Tenniel Evans Release Date: March 2012

Jon Pertwee, Leslie Phillips, Stephen Murray and Ronnie Barker star in four hilarious BBC radio episodes - including the special Queen's Silver Jubilee edition. 'Stormy Weather''/Bashing Six Kinds of Brick Dust' (22 November 1963): Heather has a dust up with Sub-Lieutenant Phillips about their engagement. Will he ever pop the question? 'Chasing the Kepeac'/'Doing an Unfortunate' (29 November 1963): The Admiral orders Captain Povey to search for a 'ghost ship', but it's so foggy that Phillips can't see what his left-hand-down-a-bit is doing. Luckily, Phillips knows exactly where they are - lost. 'Smugglers in the Solent'/'Taking Some Liberties' (18 July 1965): Customs and Excise ask HMS Troutbridge to help stop a small boat landing contraband on the Isle of Wight. Why is Pertwee acting so nervously? And will Phillips' date be waiting for his return? 'The Jubilee Navy Lark - The Queen's Silver Jubilee Edition'/'The BBC are Sending the Bill to Buckingham Palace' (16 July 1977): There's a rail strike and the entire crew can't get back to the Royal Yacht Britannia. The Admiral suggests a relief crew is provided, but the only ship left in port is HMS Troutbridge... These four episodes also feature Richard Caldicot, Heather Chasen, Tenniel Evans and Michael Bates.

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Ronnie Barker's More Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead Audiobook

Ronnie Barker's More Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead

Author: Ronnie Barker Narrator: Ronnie Barker, Various Release Date: March 2012

Here's a further cornucopia of clever comedy, featuring sketches, monologues, poems and songs in this 'sequential entertainment for radio'. The sketches on this recording include: a bizarre slice of Shakespeare, a poem for a man with a plan, and a forgetful actor. There are also people who use lots of words - but say very little. As well as a musing pianist, we also hear a two-headed 'Great Eccentric', a spoof Paul Temple, and wires get crossed on the telephone. Co-written by Gerald Wiley (the pseudonym used by Ronnie Barker) and many others, this sophisticated cabaret-cum-sketch-show contains plenty of witty wordplay. Starring Ronnie Barker, with Terence Brady, Pauline Yates, Josephine Gordon and Dick Abell.

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Navy Lark, The  Volume 23 - A Fishy Business Audiobook

Navy Lark, The Volume 23 - A Fishy Business

Author: George Evans, Laurie Wyman Narrator: Jon Pertwee, Leslie Phillips, Ronnie Barker, Stephen Murray Release Date: March 2012

Jon Pertwee, Leslie Phillips, Stephen Murray and Ronnie Barker star in four classic radio episodes. 'Steamship Day'/Charitably Taking Part' (2 October 1966): It's the annual charity event, Steamship Day, and CPO Pertwee offers to supply the fireworks. But they look remarkably similar to Troutbridge's distress flares... 'A Fishy Business'/'Frying Up' (5 November 1967): CPO Pertwee's latest plan is to open up a fish and ship shop on Nunkie's tug. But why does using depth charges get him his supply of fish? 'Troutbridge in Quarantine''/Have Been Painting Pink Spots' (12 November 1967): In the last episode of the ninth series, the Admiral wants Troutbridge repainted so it looks smart for a NATO exercise. But Pertwee's just sold all the paint in order to clear his bar bill... 'Troutbridge Electrifies Portsmouth'/'Lighting Up' (13 October 1968): In the first episode of the tenth series, Troutbridge returns to port after months away. But Mr Phillips has upset the dockyard electricians. Also featuring Richard Caldicot, Heather Chasen, Tenniel Evans and Michael Bates.

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Two Ronnies, The  Volume 2 (Vintage Beeb) Audiobook

Two Ronnies, The Volume 2 (Vintage Beeb)

Author: Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett Narrator: Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett Release Date: February 2012

The Two Ronnies was one of Britain's most successful comedy sketch shows, and dominated the TV schedules for sixteen years between 1971 and 1987. This second compilation of classics from the much-loved show includes such sketches as 'Mispronounciation'; 'Night, Night; Cheers'; 'Cricket Commentators'; 'Train of Events'; and not forgetting 'The News According to The Two Ronnies'. There's also 'All in a Day's Wonk'; 'Sex Equalit'y; 'Pam Ayres'; 'The Castaway'; and 'You're Welcome, Milord'. Taken from the TV series The Two Ronnies, first transmitted June to August 1976. Due to the archive nature of the source material, the sound quality may vary.

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