On the Buses (1969–1973)
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The Poster 

A poster of a faceless driver appears at the depot. It is a plan to boost falling passenger figures and advertises a competition with a prize of a hundred pounds to be ... The perfect ... See full summary »

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Bryan Izzard (uncredited)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Reg Varney Reg Varney ... Stan Butler
Bob Grant Bob Grant ... Jack Harper
Anna Karen Anna Karen ... Olive Rudge
Stephen Lewis ... Inspector Cyril 'Blakey' Blake
Doris Hare Doris Hare ... Mum
Kenneth Gilbert Kenneth Gilbert ... Chemist
Elaine Wells Elaine Wells ... Chemist's Assistant
Michael Sheard ... 1st Judge
John Crocker John Crocker ... 2nd Judge
Nick Hobbs ... Finalist (as Nicholas Hobbs)
Perry Soblosky Perry Soblosky ... Finalist
Folker Henrix Folker Henrix ... Finalist
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A poster of a faceless driver appears at the depot. It is a plan to boost falling passenger figures and advertises a competition with a prize of a hundred pounds to be ... The perfect driver.Jack secretly enters Stan though the other finalists are hunky sportsmen and Stan's family take him to the chemist to buy him a rejuvenating face pack to give him a chance. Will he beat off the well-toned opposition to get his face - and - name on the poster? Of course he will. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 1973 (UK) See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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When they see the notice on the board with the poster competition. It is clearly Stan's face blanked out which is the same poster they choose at the end. See more »

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''You're in safe hands with driver Stan Butler!''
28 December 2016 | by RaspberryLucozadeSee all my reviews

A belated Merry Christmas to all IMDb users.

Now, onto 'The Poster'. A competition is taking place at the depot to see who is the safest driver. The driver's reward being £100, plus having his face used on the company's advertising poster and being the first to drive the company's new bus. Stan decides to enter however his competitors are young, good looking and macho, so he sets about sprucing himself up with cosmetics. Things go wrong instantly. Olive leaves the face pack on Stan too long, so by the time it is removed his face is left looking as red as a lobster.

Stan then decides the only way he can win the competition is by resorting to subterfuge.

The 7th series of 'On The Buses' started to show signs of improvement with this enjoyable episode, written by Garry Chambers and Wally Malston. It is a pity though that Michael Robbins didn't stick around for the final run. It would have been hilarious to see his reaction to Stan's botched makeover.

Funniest moment - distracted by the sight of himself on an advertising billboard, Stan accidentally crashes the company's new bus.


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