There is to be a competition among the bus crews for the owner of the best-kept garden and Jack and Blakey both enter,once Blakey has rid the Butler back yard of all the old rubbish that ... See full summary »

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There is to be a competition among the bus crews for the owner of the best-kept garden and Jack and Blakey both enter,once Blakey has rid the Butler back yard of all the old rubbish that has accumulated there. It develops into a grudge match with both men trying to sabotage each other's garden,culminating in Blakey's arrest for trying to chop Jack's tree down. In the event, of course,neither man wins the title. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The No.11 Bus Makes A Final Trip To The Cemetery Gates
22 November 2006 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Blakey and Jack enter a competition to see who has the best garden. Dirty tricks come into play, such as the tipping of rubbish, the chopping down of trees, and cats doing their business on the lawn. But the winner is not whom either expects...

'On The Buses' juddered to a halt with this feeble Bob Grant and Stephen Lewis penned offering, which looks like a rejected 'Love Thy Neighbour' script. Why is Blakey eligible to enter the contest, the house he lives in isn't his. Larry Martyn returns as 'Fred', but despite the actor's resemblance to Reg Varney, no attempt was made to give him a similar ( nor indeed any ) personality. Bob Grant's real-life cat ( credited as 'Tiberius Grant' ) was called on to portray Jack's pet 'Tibbles'. The animal gives the best performance in the episode. Pity Varney did not stay to the very end. 'Goodbye Stan' would have made for a stronger finale.

And so, 'On The Buses' was over.

Well, not quite.

'Holiday On The Buses' came out on 26th December, reuniting the entire cast. The following year, 'Don't Drink The Water' had Blakey moving to Spain with his sister. But without Stan Butler to boss about, the character didn't seem so amusing.

On August 28th 1976 ( a Bank Holiday Monday, incidentally ), the first 'Buses' film was shown on I.T.V., with the others receiving premieres over the next few years. They contradict the series in that they depict Olive and Arthur as parents. As 'Little Arthur' never appeared on television, we must assume they are set sometime after the series, with Stan back home, and Olive having remarried Arthur. Olive reappeared in Wolfe and Chesney's 1977/78 revival of 'The Rag Trade'. In the late '80's, rumours of a new series - 'Back On The Buses' - began to circulate. The entire cast, Robbins included, went on 'Wogan' to publicise the new show, while Doris Hare and Stephen Lewis answered viewers queries on the B.B.C.'s 'Open Air'. The new show would have brought back Stan, this time as the manager of the Luxton & District bus company, but it was never made.

Thanks to satellite repeats and D.V.D. releases, 'On The Buses' remains as popular as ever. Times and tastes may have changed but, in that cathode ray phantom zone where all cancelled shows dwell, Blakey is still urging Stan and Jack to 'get that bus out'.


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