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On the Buses 

Jack-the-lad bus driver and conductor Stan and Jack enjoy the female employees more than their work and Inspector Blake is relentless in his attempts to make their lives a misery.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Anna Karen ...  Olive Rudge / ... 74 episodes, 1969-1973
Bob Grant ...  Jack Harper / ... 74 episodes, 1969-1973
Stephen Lewis ...  Inspector Cyril 'Blakey' Blake / ... 74 episodes, 1969-1973
Reg Varney ...  Stan Butler / ... 68 episodes, 1969-1973
Doris Hare ...  Mum 67 episodes, 1969-1973
Michael Robbins ...  Arthur Rudge / ... 61 episodes, 1969-1972
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The trials and tribulations of bus driver Stan and his conductor Jack unfold in this weekly comedy. The bain of their working life is Inspector Blake who'll do anything to make their lives a misery... and does. Stan and Jack are a couple of "jack-the-lads" who are not averse to clocking a bit of crumpet here and there, but "Blakey" is constantly dampening their ardor. Written by Rhino <rhino@blueyonder.co.uk>

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UK

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English

Release Date:

28 February 1969 (UK) See more »

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A buszon See more »

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(74 episodes)

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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The nickname of Inspector Blake (Stephen Lewis) was "Blakey" but he was also nicknamed at times "Hitler" and Dracula. See more »

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"Oh Arthur, Can I Take My Nightie Off?". "Zzzzzzzzzzzzz".
12 July 2006 | by ShadeGrenadeSee all my reviews

British working class sitcoms were in vogue in the late '60's and early '70's, such as 'Steptoe & Son', 'Till Death Us Do Part', and, of course, this. Incredibly, the B.B.C. turned 'On The Buses' down even though the writers had devised the highly popular 'The Rag Trade'. London Weekend Television profited by their mistake.

'On The Buses' boasted a terrific cast and ( for the most part ) very funny scripts. Viewers cheered as driver Stan Butler and conductor Jack Harper frequently got one over the pompous Inspector 'Blakey' Blake. All over the country, his catchphrase "I 'ate you, Butler" could be heard in workplaces and playgrounds. And as for the sexy 'clippies'...sorry, feminists, but they really did exist, I'm afraid.

My favourite characters were the dowdy Olive and her grumpy husband Arthur. Even when the punchlines could be seen coming a mile off, they were usually delivered with panache and immaculate comic timing. Three movies were made, none as funny as the original, and a stage version in Canada in the late '80's. Its impossible to explain the show's appeal to young people, but it struck a chord with millions of viewers, and should not be dismissed lightly.


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