Terry is divorced from his German wife and has a Finnish girlfriend Christina. At Thelma's suggestion they join her and Bob on a caravan holiday but due to a mishap the men get separated ... See full summary »
Stan gets a little annoyed when his Mum and Sister keep buying expensive items on hire purchase, but the money he earns for overtime working as a bus driver means that he can afford it... ... See full summary »
George and Mildred Roper are forced to leave their home in South Kensington (as the landlords in Man About the House (1973)) when they receive a compulsory purchase order from the council. ... See full summary »
New York City bus company's lost-and-found department manager and bachelor Stanley Belmont lives with his bossy mother, his sister Olive and her unemployed husband Arthur all of who live ... See full summary »
Sacked by the bus company Stan and Jack get jobs as drivers ferrying punters to and from a holiday camp and arrange for the rest of the family to come and stay. Blakey is there as the chief... See full summary »
Wolfie Smith is an unemployed dreamer from Tooting London, a self proclaimed Urban Guerilla who aspires to be like his hero Che Guevara. Leading a small group called the Tooting Popular ... See full summary »
My memories of this show are hazy to say the least. I recall that the 'T.V. Times' did a special feature to tie-in with the opening episode. Written in the form of diary extracts, it told of the events leading up to the first transmitted episode - how Inspector Cyril Blake retired from the Luxton bus company after years of loyal service and moved to Spain with his sister Dorothy ( "Who's driving this plane? Stan Butler?" ).
We knew Blakey had a sister because in the 'On The Buses' episode 'Going Steady' he shows Stan a photo. Stephen Lewis put on drag to play Dorothy, but for 'Don't Drink The Water', it was ( rightly ) decided to hire an actress to play the role. The wonderful, much-missed Pat Coombs was then appearing regularly as a foil for Dick Emery. Lewis and Coombs made a formidable comedy team, much as Lewis and Varney had been.
Rather like 'Duty Free' nearly a decade later, 'Water' was shot entirely in the studio, with travelogue footage spliced in. It made no difference. Audiences did not demand authenticity in their comedy in those days. It did well enough to secure a second season, but the ghost of 'On The Buses' proved hard to exorcise. Rather like 'Going Straight', 'The Fenn Street Gang' and most recently, 'The Green, Green Grass', 'Water' was deemed inferior to the original, its merits ignored. It was an uphill struggle for Ronald Wolfe and Ronald Chesney to recapture the success of 'Buses'. Eventually, they gave up and moved on to, surprisingly, another spin-off - the awful 'Yus, My Dear' starring Arthur Mullard.
The first episode of 'Water' has been made available as an extra on the 'On The Buses' season 7 D.V.D. and makes enjoyable viewing, if you like 'fish out of water' comedies. Interestingly, six years later, 'Reggie Perrin' creator David Nobbs wrote a similar series for the B.B.C. - the appalling 'Sun Trap' - which despite being shot in Spain, was far less amusing than 'Water'.
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