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On the Buses (TV Series 1969–1973) Poster

(1969–1973)

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Although the character Stan Butler was supposed to be in his mid-thirties, Reg Varney was already 52 when the series began. Varney wore heavy make-up so that he would appear younger.
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There were plans to revive the series in 1990 as "Back on the Buses".
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Bob Grant, playing bus conductor Jack, had actually worked in real life as a bus driver in order to pay his way through RADA (the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art). He mentions this in the TV interview he did on the Wogan show in 1990. The rest of the cast were also present talking about the planned new series which sadly never got made.
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Reg Varney wouldn't sit out his part all the way. He left the series in the final season, after episode 69 (entitled "Goodbye Stan"). So Varney wasn't in the last six episodes of this series. His absence was explained by Stan moving to the Midlands, to work in a bus making factory. Inspector Blakey moved into the Butler household as a lodger, so he promoted from a bit-player to the show's primary character. Varney did feature in the third "On the Buses" movie later on in 1973, Holiday on the Buses (1973).
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The series often attracted better ratings than the BBC's Dad's Army.
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Michael Robbins (Arthur Rudge) left the series after season six to concentrate on his stage work again. The first episode of the final season is called "Olive's divorced", so Arthur and Olive finally get divorced.
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The buses were diesel-powered Eastern National Bristol Lodekka FLF6LXs with 70-seat bodies.
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Due to a technicians' strike during season four, seven of the thirteen episodes were made in black and white rather than colour - "Christmas Duty", "The Anniversary", "Cover-Up", "Safety First", "The Lodger", "The Injury" and "Not Tonight". On some of these a voice is audible directing the audience's applause prior to the credits cutting off.
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Stan and Jack's bus is the Luxton & District Traction Company's number 11 to the Cemetery Gates.
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Doris Hare was first choice for the role of Mum. However she was unavailable for the first series, and Cicely Courtneidge was signed for the first series only.
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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".
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Reg varney was the first person to use a cash point.
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Three cinema movie "On the Buses" pictures were made in consecutive years between 1971 and 1973 whilst this TV sitcom series On the Buses (1969) was still being broadcast on television.
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The nick-name of Inspector Blake (Stephen Lewis) was "Blakey" but he was also nick-named at times "Hitler".
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Following the death of Stephen Lewis in August 2015, Anna Karen is the only surviving cast member.
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As Olive, Anna Karen played a character who was presented as frumpy and uncaring of her appearance, though in real life, Karen had been a model and dancer prior to her breakthrough On the Buses role, and when she showcased her natural look during a magazine shoot in the 1970's, viewers were shocked at just how different Karen looked from her character.
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