On the Buses (1969–1973)

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Series cast summary:
Anna Karen ...
 Olive Rudge / ... (74 episodes, 1969-1973)
Bob Grant ...
 Jack Harper (74 episodes, 1969-1973)
Stephen Lewis ...
 Inspector Cyril 'Blakey' Blake / ... (74 episodes, 1969-1973)
Reg Varney ...
 Stan Butler (68 episodes, 1969-1973)
Doris Hare ...
 Mum (67 episodes, 1969-1973)
Michael Robbins ...
 Arthur Rudge (61 episodes, 1969-1972)
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The trials and tribulations of bus driver Stan and his conductor Jack unfold in this weekly comedy. The bain of their working life is Inspector Blake who'll do anything to make their lives a misery... and does. Stan and Jack are a couple of "jack-the-lads" who are not averse to clocking a bit of crumpet here and there, but "Blakey" is constantly dampening their ardor. Written by Rhino <rhino@blueyonder.co.uk>

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The TV series' two creators were both called Ronald - Ronald Wolfe and Ronald Chesney. As there was a TV series on TV from 1971 starring Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker called The Two Ronnies (1971) - the pair were nick-named both this and "The Two Ronalds". See more »

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Cor blimey Jack ! -- -- Stone the crows Stan!
5 September 2005 | by (Gibraltar) – See all my reviews

A huge cult like following way back then. In the days when there was only three TV channels "on the buses" was a gimmie when up against "Songs with praise" and some 1940's movie on BBC 2. Despite it being over 30 years old the last time I saw it a couple of years back I still found it reasonably amusing , although very dated and obviously politically incorrect. If you love political incorrectness this is the stuff for you! Let's just add it all up.

The flirting and groping of mini skirted female staff, (who for what ever reason were labeled as 'clippy's), the endless helpings of cholesterol laden food in the form of chips, eggs, bacon, meat pies and sausages in the canteen. Smoking cigarettes, no female bus drivers, a west Indian employee called 'Chalky' .( I cringe when you think that people were still laughing at the gag "I hope your head get's better" to an Indian employee wearing a turban). Lastly, Butlers tormentor Inspector Blakey who they insulted all the time, whose image was obviously based on Adolf Hitler with his mustache. I tell you it does not get any better than this.

It's hard to imagine today a comedy series being made about bus conductors in general let alone two homely looking middle aged men flirting with young women. In addition the average age of the cast in this series was probably 45 you would never get that nowadays! Yet it has to be said that there have been a number of comedy duffers that have long since come and gone that in no way can stand up to this one.

Memorable episodes, well, Stans new uniform getting ruined, getting radios for the buses that interfered with the airlines, Stan getting drunk on his home brew and Jack and Stan trying to impress the birds with their snazzy new uniforms claiming they were airline pilots. It's a credit to the writers that it is still watchable today!


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