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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 series often attracted better ratings than the BBC's Dad's Army (1968).. See more »


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Only positive things can be said.
24 July 1999 | by MillBaySee all my reviews

This British comedy realistically portrays the lower-middle class existence. We have Stan, the bus driver, who is approaching middle-age, but still lives at home and helps support his Mum. Living in the same household is Stan's sister, Olive, and her husband, Arthur. Everybody lives together and pools their resources due to economic conditions. The home is a row house, and nothing fancy. This is much more realistic than many comedies of today, where minimum wage earners live in large Manhattan apartments, which only Bill Gates could afford to rent or own.

This is definitely one of my favourite television series of all time. There is not one person in the cast who doesn't belong. Each character brings a unique talent and comedic style which makes this series one of the greatest. Who can ever forget poor, homely Olive and all the ridicule she must endure from her layabout husband, Arthur, and brother, Stan. And then there's Inspector Blake, who must endure his bus driver, Stan, and conductor, Jack(Stan's best friend), who call Blake everything from Dracula to Hitler. Of course, Blake's contempt for his workers doesn't make their life any easier either. I must say that I love British comedies and truly feel that this one is one of the best. I see that videos of the three "On the Buses" movies are available now, as are many of the episodes and I strongly recommend them if you want an evening of wit and entertainment. A rare treat indeed.

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28 February 1969 (UK) See more »

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A buszon See more »

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(74 episodes)

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