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    Been watching the repeats of On The Buses on Sky Men and Motors.

    Just realised how rubbish it actually was . Dreadful acting and plots etc.,

    At the time I used the think it was the dogs "doo dahs !!!"

    Still a million times better than most of the comedies today though.

    Buzz

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    I loved it too ,me and my brother use to pretend our cabin beds were buses at night, after watching it, fun times though Still smile at the thought of the baby using Daddys new hat as a potty.

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    I've been watching it too it is actually quite good if you take into account the time period it was made. It wouldnt work now but times have changed.

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    I used to love the show as a kid, I even had the board game!

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    It was of its time, thus making it cringeworthy today

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    Aye, back when ugly old men (Stan, Jack, Sid James et al) could score with young "dolly birds" without getting told to "F off you dirty old bugger".

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    To be fair..even some of the "Dolly Birds" in On The Buses were not that young either

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    On the Buses was a British situation comedy created by Ronald Wolfe and Ronald Chesney which was broadcast in the UK from 1969 to 1973. The writers' previous successes with The Rag Trade and Meet the Wife were for the BBC, but the Corporation rejected On the Buses, not seeing much comedy potential in a bus depot as a setting, and the comedy partnership turned to a friend, Frank Muir, Head of Entertainment at London Weekend Television. He loved the idea, the show was accepted and despite a poor critical reception became a hit with viewers.


    Stan Butler (Reg Varney) works as a bus driver for the Luxton & District Traction Company. He lives with his widowed mother (Stan's Mum/Mrs Butler), his sister Olive and her husband Arthur.


    Stan Butler
    Played by Reg Varney. The main, central character for the show, Stan is often happy though frequently broke and constantly unlucky in love. Stan left the show halfway through the final series.
    Stan's Mum/Mrs Butler

    Played in series one by Cicely Courtneidge and the later series by Doris Hare. She is a smothering, fatuously sentimental, caring, polite, motherly figure who rules the house and will not put up with any nonsense. She loves having the children around her, and strives to keep peace between everyone. She rarely uses her first name of Mabel, even those close to the family call her Mrs Butler.
    Olive Rudge

    Played by Anna Karen. Stan's frumpy, whining sister. In all but the last series and a few individual episodes in other series, Olive hangs around the home all day helping her mum with the housework.
    Arthur Rudge

    Played by Michael Robbins. Olive's lazy, hypocritical husband, he is a railway employee and fervent unionist. When he joins the Butler household as a lodger, he accidentally gets into bed with Olive, so Mum makes them marry. At the end of series six Arthur left the show by divorcing Olive when Robbins returned to the London stage to star with Tom Courtenay in Time and Time Again.
    Jack Harper

    Played by Bob Grant. Stan's best friend, neighbour and usual conductor. Jack is a cheerful, cheeky, bucktoothed conman who teaches Stan all the tricks of the trade. In later series Grant and Stephen Lewis wrote a number of episodes together.
    Inspector Cyril "Blakey" Blake

    Played by Stephen Lewis. He is the bane of Stan's life, often checking up on Stan and Jack and often threatening them with the sack for lateness. He has a toothbrush moustache and a long black mac style. After Stan left to go live up North, Blake moved in to the Butler household as a boarder.


    Seventy-four twenty five minute episodes were made. Also popular were the spin-off films by Hammer Film Productions: On the Buses, 1971; Mutiny on the Buses, 1972; and Holiday on the Buses, 1973, set on a Pontin's holiday camp. On the Buses became Britain's top box office film
    1997


    Best Years Of My Childhood Was Growing Up In The Late 90's and the early 2000's . before the world went Mad

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    Must say its a show i coud never get into.
    i never really found it fuinny.

    I know its massively popular but for me i could never get the humour of it.

    But for sure its areal classic that i cannot deny.
    and it had a really good cast.

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    I loved watching On The Buses.I would never miss an episode when i was a child.One of the beautiful dolly birds i always remember seeing,and thinking '' WOW! What a woman!!! '' was the heavenly Andrea Lawrence.

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0492619/

    A link to On the Buses tribute site

    http://www.t0ester.co.uk/otb/otbindex.html


    ... and a picture of the beautiful Andrea Lawrence.

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