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This BBC drama about life on the (fictional) Royal Navy frigate HMS Phoebe ran for five series until 1978.

The series was made with the full cooperation of the Royal Navy which lent its star, HMS Hero, to play the Phoebe.

As the series opened, Commander Nialls (Donald Burton) arrived in Gibraltar (where many spectacular sequences of the series were shot) to take command after Phoebe had been left for six weeks without a captain or first lieutenant. Both had left in disastrous circumstances.


Cmdr. Mark Nialls
Donald Burton
Lt. Cmdr. Beaumont
David Savile
Lt. Peek
Andrew Burt
James Cosmo
Lt. Cmdr. Kiley
John Lee
MAA Heron
Don Henderson
Lt. Last
Norman Eshley
Lt. Wakelin
Graeme Eton
Cmdr. Alan Glenn
Bryan Marshall
Capt. Edward Holt
Derek Godfrey
Lt. Cmdr. Napier
Robert Morris
Zoe Carter
Prunella Ransome