On the Buses Classic TV Show
Popular 70s sit-com about the comedy capers of a two-man bus crew. With sea-side postcard humour Stan and Jack's exploits spawned three spin-off films.
On the Buses Fan Tributes82 Irving from Tottenham: It's so good to see so many great comments about this brilliant comedy.
I agree with every word of praise.
I live very near Lordship lane where some scenes were filmed.
Maybe I passed Butler as a little kid in the street!
The cast deserved TV Oscars.
And it seems even funnier today, maybe because of the lack of great comedy.
81 bob from littleport: some of those script writers must have worked on the buses at some time as i reconize a lot of those cappers from my days on the buses
80 Stuart McDonald from Llandudno: ITV3 showing On the Buses repeats makes my day ! great fun and enjoyment over and over again !
79 barbara from plymouth: never fails to have me roaring with laughter, one of the best comedies ever, so many great moments, one of many is where stan takes blakeys photo with a poster son of dracula in the background. Also the one where stan knocks himself out and dreams its 100 years ago with horse buses and they call blakey the kaiser. A real tonic for the blues, pity they dont make comedies like this now thanks to the miserable pofaced pc lot.
78 Henry from North wales: One of the funniest sitcoms of all time sadly we have lost most of the cast but on the buses lives on and is a credit to them all I am a modern bus driver now we live in a different world.
77 jams from leeds: i absolutely love the show cant say enough about it its as funny now as it was 40 years ago thank god they are showing it on uk gold long may it live.
76 siobhan eyers from weston-super-mare: i love on the buses it is the best the cast are great
75 chantelle dawn turner from wolverhampton: i loved the way theat blakey used to say i hate u butler i hate u lol and my favourite character iwas arthur looks just like my dad lol
74 Stephen Addy from Ashford Kent England: Just been watching on the buses, remember it well when it was first show, still find it really funny, and the stick poor olive gets, could never get boried of it, full of nostalgia, will never be beaten, its a real sham that Stan Jack Arthur and mum, and all the others in the show are all slowly passing away, but they have all brighten our lives up. They will always out shine the rubbish we have today.
73 Dai from swansea: does anyone know what arsenal player starred in on the buses
72 Martin townsend from Daventry: I love on the buses, its amazing to think that 40 years on, it is still so popular. So many fansites for it now I think its incredible to think how well its aged!
71 Blakey from The Depot: Get That Bus Out!
70 Paul Cater from Dumbarton: On the buses will always be a favorite of mine. I just loved the whole cast. They made me laugh, and still do.. Thanks Reg.
69 m spurrier from crewe cheshire: i think it is one of the best sitcoms ever released, when i met my wife i turned her into a fan we both love it, my daughter is five when she gets older i will show them to her aswell. i enjoyed all the episodes and films, but clips that stood out to me were, monkey driving the bus, them all trying to impress mum so she would take them on holiday with her, the snake episode, brew it yourself, hot water without !!BUTLER!!, and many more. rest in peace michael robbins, doris hare and bob grant you will be sadly missed and never forgotten for what laughs you brought to the show
68 DAffy from brum: Stan was just brilliant at speaking with his mouth full, had great timing and was always technically good, taking his coat on and off, talking with a fag in his mouth and I bet he did not smoke. Doris Hare reminds me of my Grandmother who lived through the war years and was alway saying "waste not want not". It's nice to watch and esape to a time of political incorrectness, and a slower pace of life with no technology. It's actually an intersting record of the late 20th Century ...
67 Dave from london: love this sitcom, has to be the best ever series.
66 andy from oldham: the episode when the bus burnt out. why didnt one of them call the fire brigade?
65 Craig Walker from Edinburgh: Belated happy 92nd birthday to Reg Varney. I love On The Buses and in my opinion itds the greatest sitcom of all-time.
64 Andy from Halifax: I don't think there are any "comedys" today that come anywhere near the 'old uns'. The on the buses cast were all unique. God bless them all!
63 Leigh Mathers from Sutton Coldfield: On the Buses was brilliant. I love the films too - though they never get more than 1* in the Radio Times ratings! Saucy Britcom at its best. I used to love the interplay between Olive and Arfur.
62 Dave Moore from Allport Ltd: Classic 70's comedy.
Loved the humour.
Bring back the clippies.
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61 jo wilson from tamworth staffs: its a classic comedy, so funny, my dad loved it cause he used to be a bus driver, what i find funny is when olive is pregnant and she is eating pickled onions in bed how romantic.i wonder what happened to the uniforms, cause it would be nice to get my dad the dust jacket they wore for his birthday, any ideas.
60 Paul Phillips from Ellesmere, Shropshire: How could Stan get the girls? I loved the series from start to finish, just one question? well two actually. Why was Stan missing from the last few shows and why was the inspector staying in his house. I have just started to watch them again on Sky but can't remember why the sudden changes..Paul
59 Richard Taylor from London: I remember the episode of on the buses when the old loo broke at Stans place and they tried to fit a new one but when someone tried to open the toilet door the set started to come apart and the walls wobbled i am looking forward to seeing that one again when i get my new boxed set of seven series.
58 gary turley from west bromwich: hi. im a great fan of on the buse.s.shame about mom. bob. and brother.not with us but the films are brilliant. hope reg varney is in good health.my favourite scene is when they mix up the system and send the police to the gas works. god bless them all
57 Craig Walker from Edinburgh: The greatest sitcom of all time as far as I am concerned. On The Buses had it all:- superb cast, fantastic script, great performances, innuendo, nostalgia and double entendres. My favourite character is Arthur as he could deliver his one-liners in such great style with such dryness. If anyone wants to discuss On The Buses in depth pop in to my forum at:- http://onthebusesforum.myfastforum.org
56 shirley utting from norfolk uk: I love On the Buses when I am feeling sad I watch my dvds and it really cheers me up
55 oscar ayyadi from camden: on the buses is simply the best nobody can beat "I hate butler" or " this has made my day this has" i seen all the episodes about 50 times each it brings back fond memories
54 Garry Herring from Hartlepool: On the Buses was a classic!! my favourite scene was in the first movie where Blakey snatches a laundry bag off Stan only to be attacked off Wendy Richards and accused of Knicker-Snatching. His face is a picture!! also the lion scene in the second film
53 Allen Forster from C ornwall GB: Love it. Olive being separated in the motor bike and side car from Arthur who worked for British rail and carpeted the house in train livery - priceless.
Blakey - the typical bus inspector of my childhood. Would luv to see it again on TV but PC police would dictate otherwise. Rest in peace Bob Grant.
52 graham from portslade: It was the best comedy of all time and Blakey is the best comedy character ever. Favourite episode for me was when Stan, Jack and Olive played football for the bus depot. Also the three films were brilliant. I take off Blakey, come on Butler get that bus out!!!!!!
51 daz from enfield middx: one of the best comedys of the 70s.
when is it gonna be completey released on dvd, ie series 4 to 7 and the spin off..dont drink the water.
would anyone know.
50 Paul from Ipswich: I love OTB. Favourite lines are in Holiday OTB When Arthur is wiping the chalet floor after the suitcase full of mud ends up on it. Olives asks if he is coming to bed, but Arthur feels the floor could do with an extra scrub. Olive says if he does that, she will be asleep by the time he gets to bed. The look on his face when he delivers that classic line "oh dear me" still has me in stitches now!
I think the best part of OTB are Arthur's put downs and mannerisms!
49 tony from manchester: One of tv`s greats, the best line is from the movie - on the buses where olive learns she is pregnant and tells arthur " Oh, Arthur, the doctor said to tell my husband that he might have to go without a few of his.....little pleasures. " and he answers by saying " Oh no. Whatever happens, I'm not giving up my telly! "
48 Emma Brooks from Middlesbrough: When Stan and Jack model new uniforms and do the commentary. And stan calls jack jackie.
47 Daniel Peasley from Bridgend: Great show up there with Minder and Only Fools and Horses and my Dad looks like Blakey.
46 G Fellows from birmingham: On the buses is a fantastic comedy, some of the comments made just crack me up. I would like to see the episodes where there is a football match and olive falls on the ball and squashes it....! and the episode where an old bus gets burnt down!!!.......ive not seen them for ages. But a great comedy!
45 George from Canada: I can still hear the soundtrack. Two episodes stand out. One was when Stan got a wedding ring stuck on his finger after a nights drinking. The other was when, I think it was a large woman, was sitting on Blake's back and he couldn't blow the whistle during a soccer match. Good fun that show.
44 Ron Bean from London, UK: ON THE BUSES is most likely the best comedy ever made!
74 episodes and 3 feature films, i dont think there's any comedy to match this!
The only comedy to match this is Steptoe & Son, 57 episodes and 2 feature films.
R.I.P Bob Grant, will miss you mate!
43 ann oliver from london: My favourite episode was mum's last fling when mum's boyfriend paid Olive a compliment, she took her glasses off and looked to Arthur and said oh mum's told us all about you hasn't she Arthur then Arthur replied i am over here
42 chris from bridgend: brilliant comedy always makes me laugh just wish it was still around what has happened to Reg Varney don't see him much on telly
41 Rich Dudley from Birmingham, UK: An absolute vintage comedy, the antics of Stan, Jack and Blakey never fail to make me smile! It's an outrage that every episode hasn't been released on DVD yet.
40 Brian from Ottawa Canada: On the Buses was shown on Canadian TV in the mid-1970s and was always funnier than the American sitcoms of the time that flooded our airwaves then. I think this British comedy influence is one factor in why Canadian comedy actors tend to be so successful in the US.
39 lorraine from luton: i love on the buses. just bought most of the series. i been watching it on viedo since i was young. i didn't even realise that bob grant had died. i say they should bring it back on telly. as i didn't get to see it as i wasn't even born!
38 Mike Ryan from Leicester: I love "On the Buses".
My favourite episode is "Foggy Night" as I actually imagine myself as a stranded passenger along with the others. It particularly made me laugh when Stan's mum got out her knitting! - all sorted for the long night ahead.
37 ADRIAN ELLIS from LONDON: I have a question about Bob Grant who played Jack. I thought he died many years ago but someone told me he died sometime in 2003. Can anyone clarify the date of his death?
36 Jimi from Wood Green (london): I have to say i love on the buses as well as anyone who is a fan. I live in Wood Green and when ever I drive through Lordship Lane where there is the old church, which I pass by all the time, it just takes me back in time to think how "On The Buses" was made here and Stan drove his bus along this route. Allthough saying that, Wood Green has changed very much since then Regards Jimi
35 anita_hiscocks from sutton coldfield: Olives' SOS bikini has to be the best ever moment. I have been looking for a similar one for ages - anyone know where I can get one????
34 paul singer from cheshire: On The Buses is the greatest of all. I never stop watching it, no matter how many times i've seen it. Bob Grant - you're the man, we miss you already!
33 Jane Davies from Wolverhampton: In 1991 I had my best holiday of my life at Pontins at Prestatyn. It was exactly the holiday I had longed for [but never got] as a child. Imagine my surprise watching the 'Holiday on the Buses' film some time later and seeing it was set there. Best bit - on the open top bus when Stan took a short cut down the lanes with the overhanging branches.
32 Nicholas Cox from Redhill Surrey: I think the funniest episode was the one featuring the wallpaper hanging, where three of them were holding the wallpaper.
31 Wendy Scane from Croydon: The funniest moment was when Stan and Jack tried on the new uniforms and modelled them in the canteen. Jacks running commentary was hilarious!!
30 Glenn Aitken from Livingston: I am like everyone else in saying that Bob Grant will be sorely missed. As for my favourite moment from On The Buses??? It has to be EVERY SINGLE SECOND!!!!!!!!!!
29 Gary from Suffolk: Sorry to hear about the death of Bob Grant he will be sadly missed. But On The Buses will still be with us.
28 Lee from Manchester: I love on the buses and my favourite is the film Holiday on the Buses - my favourite bit is when Olive cant she where shes putting her hands in the dark and Arthur says 'You stupid great lump, what did you want to go and put your hands there for!'.
27 Ashton Family from Australia: we have a copy of the movie Holiday on the buses"and our favorite part was when Aurther was drunk and said to olive "Hey sunshine i cant think why but i rather fancy you" always the charmer, poor Olive thought she was right for the night until he fell asleep on her, she missed out again.
26 john saunders from Sutton: My favourite memory comes from the first film and the marvellous interplay between Blakey and his manager,Jenkins(Kevin Brennan).Jenkins was a right b*stard and Blakey couldn't do athing right for him! His natural subservience kept him loyal ,however! They should both have got Oscars!!!
25 paul Squires from Grimsby: I have now got volumes 1to4 on dvd and I like the one with blakey in the side car
stuck! and radio control! and allthe b/w ones in the 4 box set. and I STILL LIKE OLD
24 mrs charlesworth from derbyshire: please can anyone give me information on any web sites or shops that stock 'on the buses ' video,s and any other 70's sitcome memorabilia
23 Conan Bramley from Allport: Just a quick message to tell you all that I have meet a lovely girl who looks like Olive from 'On the Buses'
22 paul squires from grimsby: I am a fan of blakey the inspector or Hitler as he was known to the series I have all the films on video and have now transferred them to dvd.I like the big films
21 Joanna Goldstein from Ilford, Essex: I love watching "On the Buses", I have series 1 and 2, volumes one to eight and all three of the films. My favourite film bit is on "Mutiny on the buses" when Olive has a fight with Nymphy Norah (Pat Ashton) when she sees Nora flirting with Arthur, and my favourite episodes are "Canteen Trouble" and "The Best Man" especially the bit where Stan & Jack were trying to make a eggy hangover cure for the groom. On the Buses is a absolute classic, I love it.
20 Joanna Goldstein from Ilford, Essex: Can I add that I met Anna Karen a few years ago at a fair in Valentine's Park, Ilford, and when I was younger, my babysitter knew Anna and got autographs for myself and my sister, also, I got Stephen Lewis's autograph when he starred in "Oh Doctor Beeching" also Hal Dyer in "Rentaghost" as the Meekers neighbour Mrs Perkins.
19 Maria from Ireland: On the Buses is one of the all time great comedy classics. My favourite scene is the one where Olive is coming home from hospital after giving birth to "Little Arthur" and as herself and Arthur get on the bus Arthur turns to her and says "Olive bags", making her carry her own hospital suitcase on the bus. Classic.
I don't know if people are aware of the On The Buses fanclub. They can find the website at http://members.lycos.co.uk/busesfanclub It is worth a viewing.
18 Richard Sharpe from Sheffield: On The Buses was one of the best sitcoms that I have ever seen. Stephen Lewis who played Inspector (I 'ate you Butler) Blake was just so funny. When On The Buses ended he should have been given his own series.
17 Brett Fairbairn from Brisbane, Australia: On The Buses is timeless, down-to-earth comedy. There are about two dozen episodes that are my favourites; they are all so good that no single one stands out. Just thinking of a funny scene from any one of these is guaranteed to bring a smile to my face. At times the wit is brilliant.
16 gav from Darlington: On the Buses is the best, release the complete collection on DVD, a complete channel to OTB should be on sky. more more!
15 Liverpool Guy from Merseyside: Loved Sally, The Inspector's Niece. She was gorgeous! Why oh why didn't Stan end up with her?
14 Rachel from Wrexham: I love on the buses. My favourite memory is from holiday on the buses, when Arthur pushes Olive in the pool and she looses her bikini bottoms, and all those men dive in. Me & my sisters were only little when we saw that, we taped it and kept rewinding that bit back and laughing cos it was so rude!
13 Connor from Grimsby: I have seen every single episode & the three films, & I never get tired of seeing them. On the Buses is the best TV comedy ever..
12 Laura from Kent: I am a huge fan of all the 70's sitcoms, but on the buses is my favorite. All the caracters are brill, with olive as my favorite.
She is just so funny. I love Holiday on the buses when she got into the wrong bed. I have watched the films over & over again, i'm totally addicted to them! They just dont make stuff like this anymore. Glad to know theres others out there who are like minded.
11 Steven Routley from Tring,Hertfordshire: On The Buses Is my favourite comedy.My favourite episode Is "The Best Man" When Stan,Jack and Bill Come home drunk and Stan tries to make him a hangover cure from some eggs and ends up smashing them all over the floor.Then Arthur comes In and slips In the egg and they all start laughing out of character.
10 John from Reading: On The Buses always makes me laugh, the early black and white episodes are the funniest.
9 William LeMasurier from Toronto, CANADA: On The Buses was the first British comedy that I was exposed to here in Canada as a child. I had a "progressive" upbringing that didn't mind me watching the slightly racy show. My Great Grandmother was from England and encouraged it.
My favourite episode is "Brew it yourself"...this was a hilarious one with everyone getting in on the fun.
8 Anji Bottom from Chesterfield: On the buses is way before my time but when it came on the telly my mum insisted that i watched it. That was it, i loved it!! I collect every video that has been released and i watch them time after time after time i know nearly every word. i just can't get enough of it. It's just brill!!!!!!!!!!
7 Rachel from Wrexham: I love on the buses. Me & my 2 sisters thought that when Olive fell into the swimming pool, and lost her bikini bottoms on holiday on the buses was the funniest thing that we'd ever seen (Well we were only 8,6 & 3).
I recently discovered the on the buses fan club and will be joining! There are more of them out there - I thought I was the only one.
6 Tim from Birmingham, England: The best episode of ' on the buses' was the last one, gardening time!
5 mick skinner from rocherster kent: I just think on the buses is just as the 70's was politically incorrect but great fun shame todays programmes stay to correctness as this seems to be what lacks todays comedy programmes.
4 Alex from MSN: On the Buses is very funny, I am 17 years old and i find it very funny, i especially like Blakey and his laugh, with Arthur always provioding quick witted sarcasm which provided laughs and Jack and Stans womanising.
3 Garry Jones from Port Talbot: I find on the buses one of the best tv comedies ever, something you cannot say about the current crop of comedy series on tv these days. the best character for me has to be Arthur, played by the late, great Michael Robbins, his scenes with Anna Karens Olive character are the funniest in the series, and his catchphrase, "what a lot of rot you do talk!", will stick with me forever!
2 Denise Hunt from Chester: It's one of my all time favorites - it makes me laugh my head off - Olive is just the best !
1 Steven Holdon from Denton: With good characters and no violence or swearing it is a show all the family can watch together. Working class people that were proud to be working class, trying to get by one day at a time. A show that was to reflect the times of the era and striking a cord with the viewing public. Viewers tuning in weekly to see what antics the crew would get up to. Still fondly remembered by many and now being watched by a new generation. You can sit back relax and have a laugh with the crew of the number 11. It's comedy like it should be. I know I am glad to still be onboard.
On the Buses
Reg Varney as Stan Butler
Cicely Courtneidge (series 1) as Mrs Butler
Doris Hare (series 2 to 7) as Mrs Butler
Michael Robbins as Arthur
Anna Karen as Olive
Stephen Lewis as Inspector Blake
Bob Grant as Jack Harper
Wendy Richard, Jonny Briggs and yootha Joyce.
1905-03-01: Doris Hare was born in Bargoed, Monmouthshire, Wales.
1916-07-11: Reg Varney was born in Canning Town, London
1932-04-14: Bob Grant was born in Hammersmith, London.
1936-09-19: Anna Karen (Olive) was born in South Africa.
1992-12-11: Michael Robbins (Arthur) passed away.
2000-05-30: Doris Hare passed away.
2003-11-08: Bob Grant passed away.
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