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17th Mar '16 3:44:06 AM morenohijazo
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* StoppedReadingTooSoon: In one episode Povey's scheme to drum the HMS Troutbridge crew out of the navy falls apart because he only read the front of the orders sheet, there was information on how they could get out of it on the back. Even worse The Admiral admits that he makes the same mistake constantly, and only noticed some important stuff when he turned some paper over to use as a drink's coaster.
7th Dec '15 5:37:40 AM CrypticMirror
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** Then, there was [[TalkingToHimself CPO Pertwee]] doing a spot-on impression of Weatherby singing in the tub. After attempting to get, repeatedly through the first few words of 'I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles," he ends with "oh, to Hell with it -- I've lost the soap!"

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** Then, there was [[TalkingToHimself CPO Pertwee]] doing a spot-on impression of Weatherby singing in the tub. After attempting to get, repeatedly through the first few words of 'I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles," he ends with "oh, to Hell with it -- I've lost the soap!"soap!"[[invoked]]
7th Dec '15 5:36:21 AM CrypticMirror
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!!!Tropes:
* ActingForTwo - Close attention to the closing credits reveals that the main cast appear as some of the caricature-voiced minor characters
** Also, Heather Chasen plays both lovely Wren Chasen and the appalling Mrs. Povey (as well as most of the female spies).
* AnnoyingLaugh: Commander Bracewell, who typically delivered bad news to Captain Povey, had a variety of annoying laughs, ranging from the tauntingly mocking to the loud and goofy.

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* ActingForTwo - Close attention to the closing credits reveals that the main cast appear as some of the caricature-voiced minor characters
AnnoyingLaugh:
** Also, Heather Chasen plays both lovely Wren Chasen and the appalling Mrs. Povey (as well as most of the female spies).
* AnnoyingLaugh:
Commander Bracewell, who typically delivered bad news to Captain Povey, had a variety of annoying laughs, ranging from the tauntingly mocking to the loud and goofy.



* ApronMatron - Povey's wife, Ramona.
* ArmedFarces

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%% * ApronMatron - ApronMatron: Povey's wife, Ramona.
* ArmedFarcesArmedFarces: Set in the UK's Royal Navy, and occasionally featuring other branches of the British military and even foreign services. Leslie Phillips famously claims that his character caused more damage to military equipment than WorldWar2.



* TheBaroness - A LighterAndSofter version in the form of [[CommieLand Forbodian]] spy Natasha Snogitoff.
* BreakingBadNewsGently
* BritsWithBattleships - Mostly dented by Sub-Lieutenant Phillips, who caused more damage to naval property than two World Wars.
* CantHoldHisLiquor - Sub-Lieutenant Phillips, half a lemonade shandy and he is anyone's.
** Able Seaman Ginger, who can get drunk just from walking past an advertisement for tonic water.
* CaptainCrash - Sub-Lieutenant Phillips. He's cause more damage to Royal Naval property than both World Wars.
* CatchPhrase - Sub-Lieutenant Phillips' "Left hand down a bit", CPO Pertwee's "'''''Everybody down!!'''''", and Able/Leading Seaman Goldstein's "Starboard lookout here, Able Seaman Goldstein chatting".

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* TheBaroness - TheBaroness: A LighterAndSofter version in the form of [[CommieLand Forbodian]] spy Natasha Snogitoff.
Snogitoff, who would occasionally show up to be either a sultry voiced seductress or a leather catsuited whip-cracking antagonist.
* BreakingBadNewsGently
BreakingBadNewsGently: During a very confusing conversation with Sub-Lt. Phillips, the ship's chaplain had to sit down, stand up, and sit down again.
* BritsWithBattleships - BritsWithBattleships: Mostly dented by Sub-Lieutenant Phillips, who caused more damage to naval property than two World Wars.
* CantHoldHisLiquor - CantHoldHisLiquor: Sub-Lieutenant Phillips, half a lemonade shandy (a drink that is 50/50 lemonade and mild beer) and he is anyone's.
** Able Seaman Ginger, who can get drunk just from walking past an advertisement for tonic water.
* CaptainCrash - CaptainCrash: Sub-Lieutenant Phillips. He's cause more damage to Royal Naval property than both World Wars.
* CatchPhrase - :
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Sub-Lieutenant Phillips' "Left hand down a bit", CPO Pertwee's "'''''Everybody down!!'''''", and Able/Leading Seaman Goldstein's "Starboard lookout here, Able Seaman Goldstein chatting".



* CeilingBanger - The thin bedroom walls (and the requisite banging) were one of the reasons Commander Murray was so keen to move out of his parents-in-law house
* [[ChronicallyCrashedCar Chronically Crashed Frigate]] - Poor old HMS Troutbridge, the only ship in the Royal Navy with a corrugated iron-effect hull.
* TheClan - There are Pertwees in every branch of the UK services, all dedicated to running it for their own profit.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}} - Sub-Lieutenant Phillips.

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* CeilingBanger - CeilingBanger: The thin bedroom walls (and the requisite banging) were one of the reasons Commander Murray was so keen to move out of his parents-in-law house
* [[ChronicallyCrashedCar Chronically Crashed Frigate]] - Frigate]]: Poor old HMS Troutbridge, the only ship in the Royal Navy with a corrugated iron-effect hull.
* TheClan - TheClan: There are Pertwees in every branch of the UK services, all dedicated to running it for their own profit.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}} - {{Cloudcuckoolander}}:
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Sub-Lieutenant Phillips.Phillips. Was only rarely on the same plane of reality as the rest of the cast, and likely to go off on the most bizarre tangents.



* ComicallyMissingThePoint - Phillips is prone to this, what with his being a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} and all.
* CompanionCube - ''Troutbridge'' herself is treated like this.
* CorruptQuartermaster: Pertwee, and his entire family.

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* ComicallyMissingThePoint - ComicallyMissingThePoint: Phillips is prone to this, what with his being a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} and all.
* CompanionCube - CompanionCube: ''Troutbridge'' herself is treated like this.
* CorruptQuartermaster: Pertwee, and his entire family. In the first couple of seasons Pertwee was running a shop out of the Navy stores, even when Troutbridge put to sea he managed to continue his wheeling and dealing.



* TheDanza - All three of the central characters have the same names as the actors who played them.
* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud - Vice-Admiral 'Burbly' Burwasher who used to deliver all of his stream-of-consciousness internal monologues out loud, apparently completely unaware that he was doing it.
* DrillSergeantNasty - C.P.O. Bull in the episode set during Phillip's naval training. Well at least according to Phillip's recollection anyway..
* TheDrunkenSailor - Several, but star example is Vice-Admiral Prout whose liver can be used to sole and heel boots.
* {{Eagleland}} - Any visiting American character ended up here. Usually with only barely authentic American accents.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep - "The Lad", the only member of ''Troutbridge'''s engineering crew who actually knows how the ship runs.
* ExecutiveMeddling - It was decided halfway through the run that forces based humour had had its day and that the series would therefore be {{Retool}}ed to be set in a tv studio and called The TV Lark. A few episodes were recorded before sanity prevailed and the whole ghastly thing became CanonDiscontinuity.
** The official {{Retcon}} in the last episode of ''The TV Lark'' showed it to be a particularly ambitious scheme by CPO Pertwee.

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* TheDanza - All three of the central characters have the same names as the actors who played them.
* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud -
DidIJustSayThatOutLoud: Vice-Admiral 'Burbly' Burwasher who used to deliver all of his stream-of-consciousness internal monologues out loud, apparently completely unaware that he was doing it.
* DrillSergeantNasty - DrillSergeantNasty: C.P.O. Bull in the episode set during Phillip's naval training. Well at least according to Phillip's recollection anyway..
* TheDrunkenSailor - TheDrunkenSailor: Several, but star example is Vice-Admiral Prout whose liver can be used to sole and heel boots.
* {{Eagleland}} - {{Eagleland}}: Any visiting American character ended up here. Usually with only barely authentic American accents.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep - EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: "The Lad", the only member of ''Troutbridge'''s engineering crew who actually knows how the ship runs.
* ExecutiveMeddling - It was decided halfway through the run that forces based humour had had its day and that the series would therefore be {{Retool}}ed to be set in a tv studio and called The TV Lark. A few episodes were recorded before sanity prevailed and the whole ghastly thing became CanonDiscontinuity.
** The official {{Retcon}} in the last episode of ''The TV Lark'' showed it to be a particularly ambitious scheme by CPO Pertwee.
runs.



* FatIdiot - Able Seaman "Fatso" Johnson
* HappilyMarried - Commander Murray and his wife.
* HandsomeLech - Sub-Lieutenant Phillips
* HaveAGayOldTime - Tying in with ValuesDissonance.
* HeyItsThatGuy - There are some rather famous names in the cast list, as well as a lot of guest stars. One actor on the show, in fact would go from his fame in ''The Navy Lark'' to [[AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum other]] [[Series/DoctorWho memorable]] [[Literature/WorzelGummidge roles]] as well.
* HenpeckedHusband - Povey.
* HonestJohnsDealership - CPO Pertwee can sell anything from a can of beans to a battleship. Often without the previous owner knowing. Would have had a minor CrowningMomentOfAwesome by requisitioning all the Royal Navy's higher-class chairs to resell -- if Povey hadn't caught on.
* IncrediblyLamePun - Number One was a frequent dealer of these. It was a RunningGag that he'd laugh at his own joke, and in everyone else there'd be an awkward silence.
* InsaneAdmiral - Too many to count, although Admiral Ffontbittocks can be disturbingly sane on occasion.
* InsaneTrollLogic -- Sub-Lieutenant Phillips had a Ph.D in Insane Troll Logic. Later in the show's run, a RunningGag would be that Phillips would take a word said by the announcer or another character and craft an insanely tortured etemology around it based on the sounds of the word's syllables. Pertwee would then chime in, trying to knit the thought together in some sort of coherence.

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* FatIdiot - FatIdiot: Able Seaman "Fatso" Johnson
Johnson, CPO Pertwee's perennial fall guy for when a scheme falls through. Fatso is also prone to get into trouble at the mention of food too.
* HappilyMarried - HappilyMarried: Commander Murray and his wife.
* HandsomeLech - HandsomeLech: Sub-Lieutenant Phillips
Phillips, playing off Leslie Phillips' common screen persona. He was very dashing in a thin moustached sort of way, but very prone to chasing the ladies.
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* HaveAGayOldTime - HaveAGayOldTime: Tying in with ValuesDissonance.
* HeyItsThatGuy - There are some rather famous names in HenpeckedHusband: Povey, completely under the cast list, as well as a lot tumb of guest stars. One actor on the show, in fact would go from his fame in ''The Navy Lark'' to [[AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum other]] [[Series/DoctorWho memorable]] [[Literature/WorzelGummidge roles]] as well.
overbearing wife Ramona.
* HenpeckedHusband - Povey.
* HonestJohnsDealership -
HonestJohnsDealership: CPO Pertwee can sell anything from a can of beans to a battleship. Often without the previous owner knowing. Would have had a minor CrowningMomentOfAwesome by requisitioning all the Royal Navy's higher-class chairs to resell -- if Povey hadn't caught on.
* IncrediblyLamePun - IncrediblyLamePun: Number One was a frequent dealer of these. It was a RunningGag that he'd laugh at his own joke, and in everyone else there'd be an awkward silence.
* InsaneAdmiral - InsaneAdmiral: Too many to count, although resident Admiral Ffontbittocks can be disturbingly sane on occasion.
* InsaneTrollLogic -- InsaneTrollLogic: Sub-Lieutenant Phillips had a Ph.D in Insane Troll Logic. Later in the show's run, a RunningGag would be that Phillips would take a word said by the announcer or another character and craft an insanely tortured etemology around it based on the sounds of the word's syllables. Pertwee would then chime in, trying to knit the thought together in some sort of coherence.



* InteractiveNarrator and LemonyNarrator - in one episode having the cast abandon the story to go look at the narrator's saucy calendar, starring an attractive actress.
* TheKlutz - Lt. Commander Bell.
* LargeHam - Everyone, frequently leading to HamToHamCombat.

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* InteractiveNarrator and LemonyNarrator - InteractiveNarrator: The cast would often interact with the Narrator at the top of the show.
** LemonyNarrator:
in one episode having the cast abandon the story to go look at the narrator's saucy calendar, starring an attractive actress.
%% * TheKlutz - TheKlutz: Lt. Commander Bell.
* LargeHam - LargeHam: Everyone, frequently leading to HamToHamCombat.



* LeaningOnTheFourthWall - Frequently. The characters often interacted at the beginning of the show, with the show's announcer, interrupting him during the show's introduction. One episode has the characters engage in an OverlyLongGag wondering if they can pick up ''The Navy Lark'' on the radio, with Sub-Lieutenant Phillips and CPO Pertwee remarking on the quality of the characters of "The silly-ass Sub-Lieutenant" and scheming CPO, respectively.
* LethalChef - Johnson's attempt at pie making produced some very convincing substitutes for limpet mines.
* LighthousePoint - One episode had Pertwee becoming a lighthouse keeper to try and become a smuggler.
* LimitedAdvancementOpportunities:
** Certain characters are introduced at the same rank they finished with (CPO Pertwee, Sub-Lieutenant Phillips), but others such as Commander, then Captain, then Commodore Povey and The Second Number One Lieutenant, then Lt Cmdr, then Commander Murray rise up the ranks as much as they would in the real navy. Notice however that the two straight examples of this trope are a petty crook and a cretin, respectively; who'd ''want'' to promote them?
** Phillips was supposed to go before a promotion board in one episode, but ended up being court-martialled instead thanks to some kind of paperwork screw-up and nothing ever came of it.
** And Pertwee was a career NCO. As a Chief Petty Officer, he is pretty much at the top of his career tree. At the time Chief Petty Officer was the highest NCO rank in the Royal Navy. The modern form of Warrant Officers (originally called Fleet Chief Petty Officer) were not introduced until 1973, and the older form was abolished in 1949. One could be commissioned from CPO at this time, but that was only available to certain branches.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters - Later in the run, they nearly all turned up OnceAnEpisode.
* LongRunner

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* LeaningOnTheFourthWall - LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Frequently. The characters often interacted at the beginning of the show, with the show's announcer, interrupting him during the show's introduction. One episode has the characters engage in an OverlyLongGag wondering if they can pick up ''The Navy Lark'' on the radio, with Sub-Lieutenant Phillips and CPO Pertwee remarking on the quality of the characters of "The silly-ass Sub-Lieutenant" and scheming CPO, respectively.
* LethalChef - LethalChef: Johnson's attempt at pie making produced some very convincing substitutes for limpet mines.
* LighthousePoint - LighthousePoint: One episode had Pertwee becoming a lighthouse keeper to try and become a smuggler.
* LimitedAdvancementOpportunities:
** Certain characters are introduced at the same rank they finished with (CPO Pertwee, Sub-Lieutenant Phillips), but others such as Commander, then Captain, then Commodore Povey
wrecker[[note]]Someone who either shows a false light by making it seem dimmer and The Second Number One Lieutenant, then Lt Cmdr, then Commander Murray rise up the ranks as much as they would farther away than it is, or fails to show a light at all, in the real navy. Notice however that the two straight examples of this trope are a petty crook order to lure ships onto rocks and a cretin, respectively; who'd ''want'' to promote them?
** Phillips was supposed to go before a promotion board in one episode, but ended up being court-martialled instead thanks to some kind of paperwork screw-up
loot them[[/note]] after he and nothing ever came of it.
** And Pertwee was
Johnson accidentally got stranded on a career NCO. As a Chief Petty Officer, he is pretty much at the top of his career tree. At the time Chief Petty Officer was the highest NCO rank in the Royal Navy. The modern form of Warrant Officers (originally called Fleet Chief Petty Officer) were not introduced until 1973, and the older form was abolished in 1949. One could be commissioned from CPO at this time, but that was only available to certain branches.
storm isolated lighthouse.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters - LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Later in the run, they nearly all turned up OnceAnEpisode.
* LongRunnerLongRunner: 1959-1977, eighteen years.



* MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels - CPO Pertwee's less-than-helpful Chinsese phrasebook.
* NoisyShutUp - A bickering meeting of MadBrass is brought to silence by the shout of "SHUT UP or I'll lock up the Gin".

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* MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels - MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels: CPO Pertwee's less-than-helpful Chinsese phrasebook.
* NoisyShutUp - NoisyShutUp:
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A bickering meeting of MadBrass is brought to silence by the shout of "SHUT UP or I'll lock up the Gin".



* NoSenseOfDirection - Sub-Lieutenant Phillips, once mistook Shanklin (Isle Of Wight, just off England) for Shanghai amongst other blunders. Yes, he is the navigation officer.

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* NoSenseOfDirection - NoSenseOfDirection: Sub-Lieutenant Phillips, once mistook Shanklin (Isle Of Wight, just off England) for Shanghai amongst other blunders. Yes, he is the navigation officer.



* NumberOne - Commanders Price and Murray who are, well, Number One.
* OnlySaneMan - Povey thinks he is; Commander Murray really is.
** Among the senior brass, it's Admiral Ffontbittocks.
* PointyHairedBoss and StupidBoss - Commodore Povey.
* PorkyPigPronunciation - Commander Weatherby from Intelligence.

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* NumberOne - NumberOne: Commanders Price and Murray who are, well, Number One.
* OnlySaneMan - Povey thinks he is; Commander Murray really is.
** Among the senior brass, it's Admiral Ffontbittocks.
%% * PointyHairedBoss and StupidBoss - StupidBoss: Commodore Povey.
* PorkyPigPronunciation - PorkyPigPronunciation:
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Commander Weatherby from Intelligence.



* PutOnABus - The first NumberOne Lieutenant Price is put on loan to the US Navy at the end of series one.
** Later in the run they would try to do the same with Mister Phillips, but he accidentally got on a Forbodian ship and was kidnapped leading to a PityTheKidnapper plot as he managed to sink half their fleet with his navigation and Troutbridge was forced to accept him back.
* ReassignedToAntarctica - How Povey ended up in charge of the ''Troutbridge'' mob to start with, and it almost happens to all of the cast at some point.
* RefugeInAudacity - How Pertwee usually ends up explaining things.
* TheRemnant - See ThoseWackyNazis below.

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* PutOnABus - PutOnABus:
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The first NumberOne Lieutenant Price is put on loan to the US Navy at the end of series one.
** Later in the run they would try to do the same with Mister Phillips, in-universe, but he accidentally got on a Forbodian ship and was kidnapped leading to a PityTheKidnapper plot as he managed to sink half their fleet with his navigation and Troutbridge was forced to accept him back.
* ReassignedToAntarctica - ReassignedToAntarctica: How Povey ended up in charge of the ''Troutbridge'' mob to start with, and it almost happens to all of the cast at some point.
%% * RefugeInAudacity - RefugeInAudacity: How Pertwee usually ends up explaining things.
* TheRemnant - TheRemnant: See ThoseWackyNazis below.



* UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}} - At one point ''Troutbridge'' is assigned to hunt for the Loch Ness monster.
* ServileSnarker - Goldstein towards the bridge crew and WRN Chasen towards nearly anyone of higher rank than her.
* ShoutOut - After Jon Pertwee hit it even bigger [[Series/DoctorWho on television]] jokes like the following appeared:

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* UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}} - UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}}: At one point ''Troutbridge'' is assigned to hunt for the Loch Ness monster.
* ServileSnarker - ServileSnarker: Goldstein towards the bridge crew and WRN Chasen towards nearly anyone of higher rank than her.
* ShoutOut - ShoutOut:
**
After Jon Pertwee hit it even bigger [[Series/DoctorWho on television]] jokes like the following appeared:



* SoundToScreenAdaptation - There was a movie, but it replaced virtually all the voice-actors with more telegenic cinema-actors and is pretty much an InNameOnly adaptation.

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* SoundToScreenAdaptation - SoundToScreenAdaptation: There was a movie, but it replaced virtually all the voice-actors with more telegenic cinema-actors and is pretty much an InNameOnly adaptation.



* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute - The lead officer was changed from Lieutenant Price to Lieutenant Murray after season 1.
* TalkingToHimself - Usually averted, as even though the main cast played other characters, the scripts rarely had those characters interact (for instance, CPO Pertwee was almost never in the same scene as either The Master or CMDR Weatherby).
* TeethClenchedTeamwork - Whenever the crew and Povey are forced to work together.
* ThemeTuneCameo - Sub-Lieutenant Phillips whistling the show's theme music as a "Ditty" he'd picked up somewhere. He's promptly told to stop it by the rest of the cast as it [[BitingTheHandHumor sounds silly and annoying]].
* ThoseWackyNazis - Literally, in one episode, as ''Troutbridge'' manages to capture a straggler U-Boat from WorldWarTwo, with [[HilarityEnsues hijinks]] and [[GratuitousGerman poor German]] [[AsLongAsItsoundsForeign accents]] abounding. Please note, the episode was set in and aired in 1960...

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* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute - StaircaseTumble: When Pertwee and Johnson get stuck on a lighthouse, this is how poor Able Seaman Johnson always ends up getting down from the top. Pertwee of course, taking an inordinate delight in sending him up there for various reasons.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute:
The lead officer was changed from Lieutenant Price to Lieutenant Murray after season 1.
* TalkingToHimself - Usually averted, as even though the main cast played other characters, the scripts rarely had those characters interact (for instance, CPO Pertwee was almost never in the same scene as either The Master or CMDR Weatherby).
* TeethClenchedTeamwork -
TeethClenchedTeamwork: Whenever the crew and Povey are forced to work together.
* ThemeTuneCameo - ThemeTuneCameo: Sub-Lieutenant Phillips whistling the show's theme music as a "Ditty" he'd picked up somewhere. He's promptly told to stop it by the rest of the cast as it [[BitingTheHandHumor sounds silly and annoying]].
* ThoseWackyNazis - ThoseWackyNazis: Literally, in one episode, as ''Troutbridge'' manages to capture a straggler U-Boat from WorldWarTwo, with [[HilarityEnsues hijinks]] and [[GratuitousGerman poor German]] [[AsLongAsItsoundsForeign accents]] abounding. Please note, the episode was set in and aired in 1960...



* TrueCompanions - Once Murray joined they started hanging together no matter what Povey and the Admiralty threw at them, Price was more willing to let Phillips and Pertwee take the fall for their misdeeds.

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* TrueCompanions - TrueCompanions: Once Murray joined they started hanging together no matter what Povey and the Admiralty threw at them, Price was more willing to let Phillips and Pertwee take the fall for their misdeeds.



* UsefulNotes/{{Wales}} - The homeland of Goldstein, who joined the Royal Navy to work his passage to Swansea. In one episode, Goldstein is accidentally promoted to Admiral. His first official act is to take the ship to Wales to show off to his family and friends -- at least till Pertwee and Murray tire of parading around Swansea and let slip that the ship runs on oil burners, not coal burners. [[FelonyMisdemeanor His fiercely proud-of-the-coal-industry Welsh family nearly disowns him]].
* WholeEpisodeFlashback - ''Mr Phillips At Dartmouth'' recounts how Navigation Officer Phillips got lost on his way to Sandhurst and landed up at Dartmouth Naval College.
* WireDilemma - The Troutbridge was once sent to retrieve a lost American satellite. After they think they found it, an American expert read them a ludicrously complicated set of instructions on how to disarm the device. The crew got hopelessly lost, but it turned out not to be really the satellite after all. However, they later found the real satellite and found they couldn't remember the instructions at all.
* WorldOfHam - It had to be a radio comedy, Creator/TheBBC would never have been able to stand the [[ChewingTheScenery scenery costs]] of a live action series.
* WrongWire - Happens when the crew of ''HMS Troutbridge'' is attempting to defuse the self-destruct mechanism on an American satellite. Fortunately, the first time this happens it turns out that what they have retrieved is not the satellite but a marker buoy. The second time, however...
* YellowPeril - The Master.
* ZanyScheme - Almost every episode involved either; a Get Rich Quick scheme by [[CMOTDibbler CPO Pertwee]], an attempt by [[StupidBoss Commodore Povey]] to drum the crew out of the navy, [[ChivalrousPervert Sub-Lieutenant Phillips]] trying to woo [[SassySecretary WRN. Chasen]], [[OnlySaneMan Cmdr. Murray]] trying to save his career from the lot of them, or [[GambitPileup all at once]].

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* UsefulNotes/{{Wales}} - UsefulNotes/{{Wales}}: The homeland of Goldstein, who joined the Royal Navy to work his passage to Swansea. In one episode, Goldstein is accidentally promoted to Admiral. His first official act is to take the ship to Wales to show off to his family and friends -- at least till Pertwee and Murray tire of parading around Swansea and let slip that the ship runs on oil burners, not coal burners. [[FelonyMisdemeanor His fiercely proud-of-the-coal-industry Welsh family nearly disowns him]].
* WholeEpisodeFlashback - WholeEpisodeFlashback: ''Mr Phillips At Dartmouth'' recounts how Navigation Officer Phillips got lost on his way to Sandhurst and landed up at Dartmouth Naval College.
* WireDilemma - WireDilemma: The Troutbridge was once sent to retrieve a lost American satellite. After they think they found it, an American expert read them a ludicrously complicated set of instructions on how to disarm the device. The crew got hopelessly lost, but it turned out not to be really the satellite after all. However, they later found the real satellite and found they couldn't remember the instructions at all.
* WorldOfHam - WorldOfHam: It had to be a radio comedy, Creator/TheBBC would never have been able to stand the [[ChewingTheScenery scenery costs]] of a live action series.
* WrongWire - WrongWire: Happens when the crew of ''HMS Troutbridge'' is attempting to defuse the self-destruct mechanism on an American satellite. Fortunately, the first time this happens it turns out that what they have retrieved is not the satellite but a marker buoy. The second time, however...
* YellowPeril - YellowPeril: The Master.
Master, a steotypical Fu-Manchu style villain, who would show up from time to time to theatrically threaten the crew.
* ZanyScheme - ZanyScheme: Almost every episode involved either; a Get Rich Quick scheme by [[CMOTDibbler CPO Pertwee]], an attempt by [[StupidBoss Commodore Povey]] to drum the crew out of the navy, [[ChivalrousPervert Sub-Lieutenant Phillips]] trying to woo [[SassySecretary WRN. Chasen]], [[OnlySaneMan Cmdr. Murray]] trying to save his career from the lot of them, or [[GambitPileup all at once]].
3rd Dec '15 7:15:58 PM PhysicsPhil
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** Able Seaman Ginger, who can get drunk just from walking past an advertisement for tonic water.


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** Able Seaman Johnson's "I'm not happy. I'm not happy at all"
20th Oct '15 3:44:24 AM LentilSandEater
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* LimitedAdvancementOpportunities - Averted and played straight. Certain characters are introduced at the same rank they finished with (CPO Pertwee, Sub-Lieutenant Phillips), but others such as Commander, then Captain, then Commodore Povey and The Second Number One Lieutenant, then Lt Cmdr, then Commander Murray rise up the ranks as much as they would in the real navy. Notice however that the two straight examples of this trope are a petty crook and a cretin, respectively; who'd ''want'' to promote them?

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* LimitedAdvancementOpportunities - Averted and played straight. LimitedAdvancementOpportunities:
**
Certain characters are introduced at the same rank they finished with (CPO Pertwee, Sub-Lieutenant Phillips), but others such as Commander, then Captain, then Commodore Povey and The Second Number One Lieutenant, then Lt Cmdr, then Commander Murray rise up the ranks as much as they would in the real navy. Notice however that the two straight examples of this trope are a petty crook and a cretin, respectively; who'd ''want'' to promote them?



* TheMaster - a recurring oriental/FuManchu villain. Funnily enough, The Master was played by Jon Pertwee, who would star in [[Series/DoctorWho another show]] with an archvillain called "The Master"...

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* TheMaster - a TheMaster:
** A
recurring oriental/FuManchu villain. Funnily enough, The Master was played by Jon Pertwee, who would star in [[Series/DoctorWho another show]] with an archvillain called "The Master"...
20th Oct '15 3:42:50 AM LentilSandEater
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* InteractiveNarrator and LemonyNarrator - in one episode having the cast abandon the story to go look at the narrator's dirty calendar.
** Not dirty, but a "Saucy Lillian Gish" calendar.
*** [[DontExplainTheJoke For those who may not know]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lilian_Gish Lillian Gish]] was an actress whose heyday was in the 1910s and '20s.

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* InteractiveNarrator and LemonyNarrator - in one episode having the cast abandon the story to go look at the narrator's dirty calendar.
** Not dirty, but a "Saucy Lillian Gish" calendar.
*** [[DontExplainTheJoke For those who may not know]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lilian_Gish Lillian Gish]] was
saucy calendar, starring an actress whose heyday was in the 1910s and '20s.attractive actress.
15th Sep '15 4:10:18 PM Kitchen90
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A radio comedy produced by Creator/TheBBC which ran from 1959 to 1977 starring Leslie Phillips, Stephen Murray, Creator/JonPertwee, Richard Caldicott, Ronnie Barker, Heather Chasen, Tenniel Evans and loads of others. ''The Navy Lark'' followed the adventures of the Royal Navy's least wanted crew on HMS ''Troutbridge'' [[note]]A Type 15 Frigate, a take off of the real life H.M.S. Troubridge with whom it shared its pennant number, F09[[/note]] as scheming Commander (promoted over the course of the series to Commodore) Povey tried to dump them overboard and they tried to avoid life on civvy street. Generally these were interspersed with CPO Pertwee's doomed-to-failure get-rich-quick schemes and Sub-Lieutenant Phillips' equally doomed attempts to chase down WRN Chasen.

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A radio comedy produced by Creator/TheBBC which ran from 1959 to 1977 starring Leslie Phillips, Creator/LesliePhillips, Stephen Murray, Creator/JonPertwee, Richard Caldicott, Ronnie Barker, Heather Chasen, Tenniel Evans and loads of others. ''The Navy Lark'' followed the adventures of the Royal Navy's least wanted crew on HMS ''Troutbridge'' [[note]]A Type 15 Frigate, a take off of the real life H.M.S. Troubridge with whom it shared its pennant number, F09[[/note]] as scheming Commander (promoted over the course of the series to Commodore) Povey tried to dump them overboard and they tried to avoid life on civvy street. Generally these were interspersed with CPO Pertwee's doomed-to-failure get-rich-quick schemes and Sub-Lieutenant Phillips' equally doomed attempts to chase down WRN Chasen.
8th Aug '15 12:39:41 PM notShemp
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* LaughingAtYourOwnJokes: Commander Murray made a habit of this and he was usually the only one laughing.
24th Jan '15 7:39:42 PM Tallens
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* FakingEngineTrouble: In one episode Commodore Povey orders the crew of HMS ''Troutbridge'' to fake various problems with the ship so he can get out of dinner with his mother-in-law, a variety of SpringtimeForHitler plot complications soon take place though.
5th Jan '15 10:59:34 AM TheUnsquished
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* WorldOfHam - It had to be a radio comedy, TheBBC would never have been able to stand the [[ChewingTheScenery scenery costs]] of a live action series.

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* WorldOfHam - It had to be a radio comedy, TheBBC Creator/TheBBC would never have been able to stand the [[ChewingTheScenery scenery costs]] of a live action series.
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