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The Embassy Lark - Series 3 (1967) - 15 episodes - MP3 (various bit-rates)
The Embassy Lark was a radio comedy series broadcast from 1966 to 1968 as a spin-off from The Navy Lark.
Written by Lawrie Wyman
The show was set in the British Embassy in the fictional country of Tratvia and was concerned with the various (mis)adventures of the British Ambassador Sir Jeremy Crichton-Buller (Francis) and his First Secretary Henry Pettigrew (Thornton) as they tried to keep smooth relations between Tratvia, Whitehall and the other Embassies (China, the USSR and the USA). Although written as a broad farce and straight-ahead sitcom, there was thus an undercurrent of xenophobic satire also present. Tratvia was an absolute monarchy, ruled by the fat and greedy, but always very sly, King Hildebrand III. Although never specifically located, Tratvia seems likely to have been a loose parody of the Balkans.
Like all Wyman's comedy, a lot of mileage was gained from peculiar accents, with the other Ambassadors being the most frequent target. Unlike later spin-off The Big Business Lark, there was a crossover between this and the parent series with Francis appearing in both series and Leslie Phillips making an appearance in his Navy Lark character of "silly ass" Sub-Lieutenant Phillips in the spin-off. Also in one episode, HMS Troutbridge visits Tratvia with Ronnie Barker as Commander Bell and Able Seaman Johnson, Stephen Murray as Lt Murray and Lawrie Wyman as Tiddy all reprising characters from the Navy Lark though there were no other characters from the previous series in the show
According to the BBC, only 3 episodes of broadcastable quality exist but off-air recordings (with varying sound quality) of all 42 episodes have survived.
(nfo stolen from onioneater's torrents for series 1 and 2)
Hexelein keeps complaining that I didn't add bitrate information to the description. So here we go.
Most of these files are 32Kbps and some of them are not - they're a bit better, ranging up to 128Kbps.
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