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aired from: Mar 1959 to: July 1977 245 eps 30 min BBC Light Programme (Mar 29 59-Sep 17 67)
BBC Radio 2 (Sep 24 67-Jul 16 67)

regulars:

  • Ronnie Barker as AB Johnson
  • Michael Bates as Lt. Bates/AB Ginger
  • Richard Caldecot as Commander Povey
  • Heather Chasen as Wren Chasen
  • Tenniel Evans as AB Taffy Goldstein
  • Stephen Murray as Lt. Murray [ 2-15 ]
  • Jon Pertwee as CPO Pertwee
  • Dennis Price as Lt. Price [ 1 ]

    crew:

  • written by Lawrie Wyman

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                   Original
      Episode #    Air Date    Episode Title
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    1st Series spring 1959
    
       1.   1- 1   Mar 29 59   The First Episode      
       2.   1- 2   Apr  5 59   Working Their Passage
       3.   1- 3   Apr 12 59   Having Their Fun
       4.   1- 4   Apr 19 59   The Fairground Lights
       5.   1- 5   Apr 26 59   The Comfort Fund     
       6.   1- 6   May  3 59   Stuck up the Inlet
       7.   1- 7   May 10 59   The Admiral's Party 
       8.   1- 8   May 17 59   The Hank of Heather
       9.   1- 9   May 24 59   The Multiple Mine 
      10.   1-10   May 31 59   The Gun Mechanism Test
      11.   1-11   Jun  7 59   The Whittlesea Bay Yacht Regatta
      12.   1-12   Jun 14 59   The Psychology Test
      13.   1-13   Jun 21 59   A Watch on the Initiative Test
      14.   1-14   Jun 28 59   An Exercise in Filming    
      15.   1-15   Jul  5 59   The Smuggling Spy
      16.   1-16   Jul 12 59   The Whittlesea Carnival and Fête
    
    2nd Series fall 1959
     
      17.   2- 1   Oct 16 59   New at the Helm  
      18.   2- 2   Oct 23 59   Fatso's Box Brownie           
      19.   2- 3   Oct 30 59   Bring Back the Barge
      20.   2- 4   Nov  6 59   The Mock Action 
      21.   2- 5   Nov 13 59   Going Dutch   
      22.   2- 6   Nov 20 59   The Figurehead        
      23.   2- 7   Nov 27 59   Working Their Passage   
      24.   2- 8   Dec  4 59   Johnson Finds Treasure
      25.   2- 9   Dec 11 59   The Charter Trip to Antarctica
      26.   2-10   Dec 18 59   Cementing Relations
      27.   2-11   Dec 25 59   Strike up the Band     
      28.   2-12   Jan  1 60   The Route March 
      29.   2-13   Jan  8 60   The Trip up the Thames
      30.   2-14   Jan 15 60   Working Their Passage
      31.   2-15   Jan 22 60   A Crisp Romance       
      32.   2-16   Jan 29 60   The Lighthouse Lark           
      33.   2-17   Feb  5 60   Pertwee Posted to Portsmouth
      34.   2-18   Feb 12 60   Working Their Passage 
      35.   2-19   Feb 19 60   Working Their Passage      
      36.   2-20   Feb 26 60   Working Their Passage
      37.   2-21   Mar  4 60   The Cross Country Run
      38.   2-22   Mar 11 60   Working Their Passage
      39.   2-23   Mar 18 60   Working Their Passage        
      40.   2-24   Mar 25 60   Working Their Passage
      41.   2-25   Apr  1 60   Mr Murray Goes Sick     
      42.   2-26   Apr  8 60   The Portarneyland Fishing Limit
      43.   2-27   May 11 60   Wrens Reunion at the Festival Hall
    
    3rd Series 1960
    
      44.   3- 1   Nov  2 60   In Portsmouth for a Re-Fit
      45.   3- 2   Nov  9 60   Refitting Ebeneezer Pertwee
      46.   3- 3   Nov 16 60   Sea Trials of the Poppadom
      47.   3- 4   Nov 23 60   Mutiny Aboard Troutbridge
      48.   3- 5   Nov 30 60   The Explosive Biscuits
      49.   3- 6   Dec  7 60   Sir Willoughby Takes Over an Island
      50.   3- 7   Dec 14 60   Mount Rumpus Atoll
      51.   3- 8   Dec 21 60   (50th Show Special for the Queen and Queen Mother)
      52.   3- 9   Dec 28 60   Johnson's Birthday 
      53.   3-10   Jan  4 61   Working Their Passage
      54.   3-11   Jan 11 61   Working Their Passage
      55.   3-12   Jan 18 61   Working Their Passage      
      56.   3-13   Jan 25 61   Working Their Passage
      57.   3-14   Feb  1 61   Working Their Passage
      58.   3-15   Feb  8 61   The Floggle Grummit Missile
      59.   3-16   Feb 15 61   The Hitch Hiking Counterfeiter
      60.   3-17   Feb 22 61   Commodore Goldstein
      61.   3-18   Mar  1 61   Mr Phillips Has Navigation Tuition
      62.   3-19   Mar  8 61   CPO Pertwee and the Laundry
      63.   3-20   Mar 15 61   Working Their Passage in the Last of the Current Series
    
    4th Series 1961
    
      64.   4- 1   Sep 15 61   Returning from Leave        
      65.   4- 2   Sep 22 61   Captain Povey's Spy      
      66.   4- 3   Sep 29 61   Working Their Passage   
      67.   4- 4   Oct  6 61   The Northampton Hunt Ball
      68.   4- 5   Oct 13 61   Hijacked            
      69.   4- 6   Oct 20 61   Admiral Troutbridge
      70.   4- 7   Oct 27 61   Relatives and Reservations
      71.   4- 8   Nov  3 61   Humgrummits on the High Seas
      72.   4- 9   Nov 10 61   Are Captain and Mrs Povey Married?
      73.   4-10   Nov 17 61   Cine Cameras at Sea
      74.   4-11   Nov 24 61   The Citizen Adjustment Course
      75.   4-12   Dec  1 61   A Hole Lieutenant
      76.   4-13   Dec  8 61   Spy Catching in Casablanca
      77.   4-14   Dec 15 61   Mount Pot Erupts
      78.   4-15   Dec 22 61   Captain Povey's Shop
      79.   4-16   Dec 29 61   Leading Seaman Goldstein's Party
      80.   4-17   Jan  5 62   The Invitation
      81.   4-18   Jan 12 62   Working Their Passage
      82.   4-19   Jan 19 62   A Strange Hobby
      83.   4-20   Jan 26 62   Mr Phillips Get Engaged
      84.   4-21   Feb  2 62   The Sinking of the Bubble Car
      85.   4-22   Feb  9 62   Long John Pertwee
      86.   4-23   Feb 16 62   The Admiral's Accident Report
      87.   4-24   Feb 23 62   Over the Sea to Rosyth
      88.   4-25   Mar  2 62   The Return of Sir Frederick Flatley
      89.   4-26   Mar  9 62   The Ship's Concert
    
    Christmas special 1962
    
      90.   S- 1    unaired    
    
    5th Series spring 1963
    
      91.   5- 1   Apr  5 63   First Day out of Dock
      92.   5- 2   Apr 12 63   (100th edition)
      93.   5- 3   Apr 19 63   A Deliberate Bashing
      94.   5- 4   Apr 26 63   Whittlesea Regatta
      95.   5- 5   May  3 63   HMS Troutbridge Gets a Rocket
      96.   5- 6   May 10 63   The Ghost Ship
    
    6th Series fall 1963
    
      97.   6- 1   Sep 27 63   Wren Chasen Returns
      98.   6- 2   Oct  4 63   On the Carpet
      99.   6- 3   Oct 11 63   The Bungalese Spies
     100.   6- 4   Oct 18 63   Troutbridge's Party
     101.   6- 5   Oct 25 63   Rescuing Admirals
     102.   6- 6   Nov  1 63   Demise of the Depth Charges
     103.   6- 7   Nov  8 63   The Struggle for Promotion
     104.   6- 8   Nov 15 63   Fred Computables
     105.   6- 9   Nov 22 63   Bashing Six Kinds of Brick Dust (a.k.a. Stormy Weather)
     106.   6-10   Nov 29 63   Chasing the Kepeac
     107.   6-11   Dec  6 63   The Submerged Island
     108.   6-12   Dec 13 63   The Sicilian Secret Agent
     109.   6-13   Dec 20 63   German's Troutbridge
     110.   6-14   Dec 27 63   Confirming Povey's Rank
     111.   6-15   Jan  3 64   Ferrying Their Way Through (a.k.a. The Calais Dock Strike)
     112.   6-16   Jan 10 64   Taking Liberties with History (a.k.a. Johnson's Memoirs)
     113.   6-17   Jan 17 64   The Emperor of Tratvia
     114.   6-18   Jan 24 64   Doing Their Fifteen Sided Nuts (a.k.a. Open Day)
     115.   6-19   Jan 31 64   Having a Go, for the Last Time in the Current Series (a.k.a. Stuck on a Sandbank)
    
    7th Series 1965
    
     116.   7- 1   Jul 11 65   Taking Some Liberties
     117.   7- 2   Jul 18 65   Smugglers in the Solent
     118.   7- 3   Jul 25 65   Doing a Mischief
     119.   7- 4   Aug  1 65   The Poveys Move House
     120.   7- 5   Aug  8 65   Captain Povey Reports Sick
     121.   7- 6   Aug 15 65   Admiral Pertwee's Fleet
     122.   7- 7   Aug 22 65   Let Loose with a Chopper
     123.   7- 8   Aug 29 65   Making a Right Pig's Breakfast
     124.   7- 9   Sep  5 65   The Mysterious Pudding Mine
     125.   7-10   Sep 12 65   Belting Three Feet up in the Air Through (a.k.a. The Hovercraft Training Course)
     126.   7-11   Sep 19 65   Floggle Toggling Their Way Through (a.k.a. The Sabotaged Floggle-Toggle Box)
     127.   7-12   Sep 26 65   The Portarneyland Training Exercise
     128.   7-13   Oct  3 65   Doing a Mischief for the Last Time in the Series (a.k.a. Going on Leave to Croydon)
    
    Christmas Special 1965
    
     129.   S- 2    unaired    
    
    8th Series 1966
    
     130.   8- 1   Sep  4 66   Searching for Their Ship (a.k.a. Where is Troutbridge?)
     131.   8- 2   Sep 11 66   Float a Peddle Fiddle
     132.   8- 3   Sep 18 66   Gumming Up the Works (a.k.a. A Sticky Business)
     133.   8- 4   Sep 25 66   Buoying Up (a.k.a. Buoys Will Be Buoys)
     134.   8- 5   Oct  2 66   Charitably Taking Part (a.k.a. Steamship Day)
     135.   8- 6   Oct  9 66   Drifting Through (a.k.a. Farewell to HMS Varsity)
     136.   8- 7   Oct 16 66   Blowing Themselves Up (a.k.a. The Army Lark)
     137.   8- 8   Oct 23 66   Buying Tickets (a.k.a. Just the Ticket)
     138.   8- 9   Oct 30 66   Mr Phillips Promotion
     139.   8-10   Nov  6 66   Pertwee and the Tratvian Beer
     140.   8-11   Nov 13 66   The PM Papa
     141.   8-12   Nov 20 66   Getting Rid of Pertwee
     142.   8-13   Nov 27 66   Off to Sea at Last
    
    9th Series 1967
    
     143.   9- 1   Jul  2 67   Having Been Towing (a.k.a. Back from the Antarctic)
     144.   9- 2   Jul  9 67   Fishing in Troubled Waters (a.k.a. Fishers off the Faeroes)
     145.   9- 3   Jul 16 67   Cleaning Up (a.k.a. A Filthy Ferryboat)
     146.   9- 4   Jul 23 67   Doing a Disastrical (a.k.a. Jigsaws and Jemmies)
     147.   9- 5   Jul 30 67   Deliberately Abandoned (a.k.a. The Navel Review)
     148.   9- 6   Aug  6 67   Going Caravaning (a.k.a. The Curious Caravan Case)
     149.   9- 7   Aug 13 67   Having a Bit of Trouble with the French (a.k.a. Frenchmen in J.41)
     150.   9- 8   Aug 20 67   Tangling with the Law (a.k.a. The Police Drop In)
     151.   9- 9   Aug 27 67   Having Been Assaulting (a.k.a. Mr Murray's Endurance Course)
     152.   9-10   Sep  3 67   Have Been Redecorating (a.k.a. Women in the Wardroom)
     153.   9-11   Sep 10 67   Celebrating Their Important Anniversary (a.k.a. Troutbridge's Silver Jub4lee Party)
     155.   9-12   Sep 17 67   Computerising (a.k.a. CECIL the Navigation Computer)
     156.   9-13   Sep 24 67   Seeing Red (a.k.a. A Russian Rendezvous)
     157.   9-14   Oct  1 67   Bugging (a.k.a. The Bugged and Burgled Beer)
     158.   9-15   Oct  8 67   Flying in the Face (a.k.a. Picking up the Poppadom)
     159.   9-16   Oct 15 67   Cuthbert Joins the Navy
     150.   9-17   Oct 22 67   Frustrating the Spark of Invention (a.k.a. The Flying Machine)
     160.   9-18   Oct 29 67   Doing Some Historical Research (a.k.a. When Sub Lt. Philips was at Dartmouth)
     161.   9-19   Nov  5 67   Frying Up (a.k.a. A Fishy Business)
     162.   9-20   Nov 12 67   Have Been Painting Pink Spots (a.k.a. Troutbridge in Quarantine)
    
    10th Series 1968
    
     163.  10- 1   Oct 13 68   Lighting Up (a.k.a. Troutbridge Electrifies Portsmouth)
     164.  10- 2   Oct 20 68   The Redundancy Drive
     165.  10- 3   Oct 27 68   Dredging Their Way Through (a.k.a. The Smugglers Return)
     166.  10- 4   Nov  3 68   Instructing Their New CO in the Ways (a.k.a. Captain Trotter Takes Charge)
     167.  10- 5   Nov 10 68   Visiting Broadstairs (a.k.a. The Anti-Submarine Missile)
     168.  10- 6   Nov 17 68   Accredited (a.k.a. Sub-Conductor Phillips)
     169.  10- 7   Nov 24 68   Have Been Appearing (a.k.a. The South Kawowan Summit)
     170.  10- 8   Dec  1 68   Avoiding Redundancy (a.k.a. Pertwee's Enlistment Expires)
     171.  10- 9   Dec  8 68   Having Been Exercising (a.k.a. Capt. Povey Takes Over)
     172.  10-10   Dec 15 68   Crashing Their Way Through (a.k.a. Sir Willoughby Goes to Kawowa)
     173.  10-11   Dec 22 68   Presented the Padre (a.k.a. The Padre's Birthday)
     174.  10-12   Dec 29 68   Blowing Up (a.k.a. The Portsmouth Kiosk)
     175.  10-13   Jan  5 69   Shot At (a.k.a. The Radio Beacon)
     176.  10-14   Jan 12 69   Having Been Masquerading (a.k.a. Masquerade, Mr Phillips Wrong Uniform)
     177.  10-15   Jan 19 69   Have Been Breaking Up (a.k.a. Harold Wilson Reviews the Fleet)
     178.  10-16   Jan 26 69   Weathering (a.k.a. The Relief of the Weather Ship)
     179.  10-17   Feb  2 69   Bunging Up (a.k.a. The Mickey Mouse Toothbrush)
     180.  10-18   Feb  9 69   Assisting the Police with Their Enquiries for the Last Time in the Series (a.k.a. The Brick Smugglers)
    
    11th Series 1969
    
     181.  11- 1   Dec 28 69   Desquatting Troutbridge (a.k.a. Lt Commander Murray and the Squatters)
     182.  11- 2   Jan  4 70   Admiral Hunting (a.k.a. What is the S.S.E.?)
     183.  11- 3   Jan 11 70   Promoting (a.k.a. C.P.O. Pertwee Climbs up the Promotion Ladder)
     184.  11- 4   Jan 18 70   Running Aground Capt. Povey as Governor of Forbodia
     185.  11- 5   Jan 25 70   Starred (a.k.a. Sir Willoughby's Party)
     186.  11- 6   Feb  1 70   Taking the Initiative (a.k.a. The Fleet Initiative Test)
     187.  11- 7   Feb  8 70   Proving (a.k.a. C.P.O. Pertwee's Long Service Medal)
     188.  11- 8   Feb 15 70   Hunting Flying Saucers (a.k.a. The Phenomenal Pertwee Tug)
     189.  11- 9   Feb 22 70   Spy-Catching (a.k.a. The Security Clampdown)
     190.  11-10   Mar  1 70   Having Trouble with a Washing Machine (a.k.a. The Anniversary and the Washing)
     191.  11-11   Mar  8 70   The Forbodians Hijack Troutbridge
     192.  11-12   Mar 15 70   Getting Splice (a.k.a. Number One Gets Married)
     193.  11-13   Mar 22 70   Bombarding (a.k.a. The Honeymooners Return)
     194.  11-14   Mar 29 70   Trying for the Jackpot (a.k.a. C.P.O. Pertwee and the Lead Half Crowns)
     195.  11-15   Apr  5 70   Dartmouth Naval College Has Had a Narrow Escape (a.k.a. Sup-Lt Phillips to Leave for Dartmouth)
     196.  11-16   Apr 12 70   Bashing up the Radar for the Last Time in This Series (a.k.a. The Mark 31 Radar)
    
    12th Series 1971
    
     197.  12- 1   May 16 71   The Put-a-Horse-out-to-Graze Fund
     198.  12- 2   May 23 71   Impressions for Survival
     199.  12- 3   May 30 71   The Beard-Growing Race
     200.  12- 4   Jun  6 71   The Mysterious Radio Signals
     201.  12- 5   Jun 13 71   Operation Recovery
     202.  12- 6   Jun 20 71   The Slogan Contest
     203.  12- 7   Jun 27 71   Sir Willoughby at Shanghai
     204.  12- 8   Jul  4 71   Operation Cowes Barge
     205.  12- 9   Jul 11 71   Number One's Anniversary
     206.  12-10   Jul 18 71   The Loch Ness Monster
     207.  12-11   Jul 25 71   The Forbodian Attaché
    
    13th Series 1972
    
     208.  13- 1   Mar 26 72   The TV Documentary
     209.  13- 2   Apr  2 72   Escaping Back Into (a.k.a. The P.O.W. Escape Exercise)
     210.  13- 3   Apr  9 72   Number One's Married Quarters
     211.  13- 4   Apr 16 72   Operating for Profit (a.k.a. The Newhaven-Dieppe Smuggling Run)
     212.  13- 5   Apr 23 72   Cavorting about (a.k.a. The Bumble Spit Lighthouse Affair)
     213.  13- 6   Apr 30 72   Digging Themselves Stupid (a.k.a. The Tonipouhaha Treasure)
     214.  13- 7   May  7 72   The U.S.A. Navigator Swap
     215.  13- 8   May 14 72   Son of a Sea Lord
     216.  13- 9   May 21 72   Hypnotised (a.k.a. Hypnotising Ramona)
     217.  13-10   May 28 72   Mastering (a.k.a. The Mastering of Sardinia)
     218.  13-11   Jun  4 72   Opportunity Knockers
     219.  13-12   Jun 11 72   Friday the 13th
     220.  13-13   Jun 18 72   The New NAAFI
    
    14th Series 1973
    
     221.  14- 1   Jul 29 73   The Montezuela Revolution
     222.  14- 2   Aug  5 73   Having Their Little Boats Eaten (a.k.a. The Island Swordfish)
     223.  14- 3   Aug 12 73   Bunged in the Brig (a.k.a. Bunged in the Rattle)
     224.  14- 4   Aug 19 73   Doing a Kangaroo Polka (a.k.a. Kidnapped Down Under)
     225.  14- 5   Aug 26 73   The Digital Isles Go Unstable
     226.  14- 6   Sep  2 73   Bombed by the Raffia (a.k.a. Egbert Hitches a Ride)
     227.  14- 7   Sep  9 73   Povey an Admiral at Last
     228.  14- 8   Sep 16 73   Nobbled (a.k.a. The Bergan Horse Trials)
     229.  14- 9   Sep 23 73   Mastering (a.k.a. Captain Povey's Wig)
     230.  14-10   Sep 30 73   Taking the Pill with Disastrous Consequences (a.k.a. The Brain Pill)
     231.  14-11   Oct  7 73   Demonstrating Their Firepower (a.k.a. Operation Showcase)
     232.  14-12   Oct 14 73   Living the High Life (a.k.a. CPO Pertwee Yachtmonger)
     233.  14-13   Oct 21 73   The Talpinium Shell
    
    15th Series 1975
    
     234.  15- 1   Nov  9 75   Sequel to the Talpinium Shell
     235.  15- 2   Nov 16 75   NANA
     236.  15- 3   Nov 23 75   Fallen Victim to the Green Eye of Jealousy (a.k.a. Helen, the New Wren)
     237.  15- 4   Nov 30 75   Were Freezing Their Assets (a.k.a. Relief for Station 150)
     238.  15- 5   Dec  7 75   Rejuvenating (a.k.a. Black is Beautiful)
     239.  15- 6   Dec 14 75   Throwing Their Voices (a.k.a. Sidney and the Stamp)
     240.  15- 7   Dec 21 75   Riding to Victory (a.k.a. Commander Murray Becomes a Showjumper)
     241.  15- 8   Dec 28 75   Confounding the Ungodly (a.k.a. Horrible Horace)
     242.  15- 9   Jan  4 76   Burning Their Bras (a.k.a. Officer's and Gent's Lib)
     243.  15-10   Jan 11 76   The Case of the HGM Mark 5
     244.  15-11   Jan 18 76   Having a History Lesson (a.k.a. Uncle Wilberforce Pertwee)
    
    Special 1977
    
     245.  S-  3   Jul 16 77   The BBC are Sending the Bill to Buckingham Palace
    
    
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