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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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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


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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The title of the theme tune to the series was Happy Harry See more »


Referenced in The Thick of It: Episode #3.7 (2009) See more »

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Best Served with Fish and Chips and a Cuppa Tea
25 June 2008 | by sts-26See all my reviews

Back in the early seventies, when I was a very small child, CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) ran On The Buses on Sundays in the late evening. During holidays (Christmas, the summer) I would be allowed to stay up and watch. I loved the show, even though most of the jokes went right over my head; there was, despite the jibes, a sense of family and community, and a complete lack of airs and graces (this was no Masterpiece Theatre presentation).

There was something warm and fuzzy about the show; it captured the ramshackle coziness of mid-twentieth century English working class life so often depicted on television, in the movies and literature (maybe more a folksy ideal than actual reality). And for Anglophiles, shows like On The Buses provided THE lexicon - Gordon Bennet, a good cuppa, blimey, a bit of how's your father. Many British comedies followed in Buses' footsteps - most notably Are You Being Served and Only Fools and Horses- and were better produced, better acted, and longer lived, but this was one of the first great iconic English working class comedies.

Before the arrival of VCRs I would often wish for another viewing of On The Buses, but it never came - first, there were waves of British TV programs washing up on North American shores, and so there was no looking back, then the flood of VHS, then DVD, releases made an actual TV run unnecessary. However, a specialty channel in Canada began televising the show again, and I was pleased to see that the magic is still there.

Go on, put the kettle on, and let's have a butcher's.

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28 February 1969 (UK) See more »

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