It's six months since Arthur walked out on her so Olive,armed with a list of grievances prepared by Mum and Stan,goes to court and is granted her divorce.With Mum going to stay with Aunt ... See full summary »

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It's six months since Arthur walked out on her so Olive,armed with a list of grievances prepared by Mum and Stan,goes to court and is granted her divorce.With Mum going to stay with Aunt Maud Olive is very much the gooseberry as she accompanies Stan and his girl-friend Sandra to the pictures - to see a sexy film about a recently divorced woman - where Olive sits next to a groper. Stan gets Blakey to see Olive home whilst he goes to Sandra's for some rumpy-pumpy but Olive turns up to interrupt him as she has forgotten her house key. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The "divorce" storyline was introduced because Michael Robbins had decided not to sign up for the final series. See more »

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'On The Buses' Loses Its Way
13 November 2006 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

A tearful Olive emerges from the divorce courts, her marriage to Arthur Rudge finally over. Mum tells Stan to look after her while she goes off to stay with Aunt Maud. But he has arranged to take the curvaceous Sandra to the pictures. Olive goes with them - and makes a nuisance of herself, munching sweets, complaining about not being able to see the screen, and slurping orange juice. Not wishing to be stuck with her for the evening, Stan tries to download her onto Blakey...

After 61 television episodes, a board game, a 'Look-In' comic strip, and two feature films ( a third appeared at the end of 1973 ) , 'On The Buses' was a mass-media phenomenon. Had there been a ballet based on the show, doubtless the theatres would have been packed to the rafters. But the bubble had to burst sometime, and with the seventh season, it did just that. A new set of animated titles was used, composed of horrendous caricatures of the cast, including an unrecognisable Doris Hare ( with the wrong colour hair! ) and Blakey scuttling along like a cockroach, his head colliding with a lamp post.

Michael Robbins had moved on, and he had made the character of 'Arthur' his own to such an extent it was impossible to replace him. 'On The Buses' had seen a cast change before, of course - Cicily Courtneidge departed after the first season - but that was before the show really took off. Robbins' wonderfully dead pan Arthur was an integral part of the cast. It was never going to be the same again.

Funniest moment - Olive thanking Blakey for 'offering' to take her home. "You don't think you'll be too tired, will you?", she asks innocently. Blakey knows nothing about the offer and thinks she's trying to get fresh with him.


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