1 9 7 9 (UK)
13 x 30 minute episodes
Lt. Cmdr. ‘Monty’ Morgan (John Fraser) – a stickler for forms – and his shipmates brought us lighthearted misadventures aboard the shore-base HMS Thundercloud, a secret Royal Navy station on the Yorkshire coast during World War II, apparently far enough away from HQ to merit a remarkable degree of autonomy
The base was under the suave direction of Commander Flint (Derek Waring), an officer who – rather fortunately in the circumstances – favoured the cultivation of the land over the conquest of the sea.
The motley crew included Scottish CPO Hawkins (James Cosmo) and the absent-minded Dr Smith (Frank Gatliff), fulfilling the essential role of the bemused civilian.
To add to the fun, the local vicar’s daughter Bella (Sarah Douglas) pursued the handsome Morgan.
Philip Broadley’s script trod the well-worn path of generations of comedy shows featuring the armed services with little deviation. However, a storyline that scarcely taxed the imagination was boosted by some sharp ripostes,
“The honour of the ship is at stake.”
“And my life, sir.”
“Don’t trivialise, Hawkins.”
And there was a welcome and courageous touch of eccentricity about the show, unusual at such an hour.
The series was filmed on location at HMS Forest Moor in Menwith Hill near Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
Ord. Seaman Collins
Lt. Cmdr. ‘Monty’ Morgan