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On The Buses. Image shows from L to R: Stan Butler (Reg Varney), Inspector Blake (Stephen Lewis), Jack Harper (Bob Grant). Copyright: London Weekend Television.

On The Buses

Comedy following workshy bus driver Stan and his family; his conductor, Jack; and their depot boss, Inspector Blake

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Frankie Mildly Perturbed

  • Saturday 7th June 2008, 1:36pm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 5,496 posts
Quote: Mark @ June 7 2008, 8:52 AM BST


As Collings and Herrin said - how did Reg Varney get all those girls?

He didn't - that was the point.. Whistling nnocently

Agree though that 'On the buses' was of it's time - I was there at that time and I can tell you it was one of the funniest things on telly.. to our simple little minds wot we had then..

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zooo

  • Saturday 7th June 2008, 4:39pm
  • United Kingdom
  • 69,195 posts
Quote: Perry Nium @ June 7 2008, 1:47 AM BST

Yep, comedy encyclopedia, that's me. That Collings and Herring podcast ain't bad either. Whistling nnocently

Ahhhhhhhhh!

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Chappers

  • Saturday 7th June 2008, 6:54pm
  • Surreyish., England
  • 31,167 posts

I think the reason Dad's Army works is because it was already dated when it was written - ie it was about a certain time in history.

I never rated On the Busses - typical ITV comedy as far as I was concerned.

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Marc P

  • Saturday 7th June 2008, 9:37pm
  • England
  • 17,698 posts

I had lunch with the two Rons a few times - diamond geezers - epsecially that RW.

:)

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Jack Massey

  • Monday 9th June 2008, 2:36pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 2,965 posts

The difference between the classes of Dad's Army and On the Buses. Both started off very well, both were absolutely brilliant when in their prime (Dad's Army series' 4-6, On the Buses series' 3-5). But Series 7-9 of Dad's Army are still brilliant and very funny, whereas series 6 and 7 of On the Buses saw the quality of the show deteriorate.

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Aaron

  • Monday 9th June 2008, 2:55pm
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,699 posts
Quote: Marc P @ June 7 2008, 5:37 PM BST

I had lunch with the two Rons a few times - diamond geezers - epsecially that RW.

:)


Now that's cool! How did you manage that?

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Marc P

  • Monday 9th June 2008, 3:02pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 17,698 posts

I got asked, by the beeb, a few years ago, to do a re-formatting for 'The Rag Trade' - a new series, bringing it up to date - new characters but based on the old show, kind of. So I was asked to meet with them a few times. :)

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Aaron

  • Monday 9th June 2008, 3:09pm
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,699 posts

Bloody hell! Now that's really interesting. What came of it? They just suddenly pull the plug?

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Marc P

  • Monday 9th June 2008, 3:16pm
  • England
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Yes, like all of these thing it comes down to a big cheese somewhere sitting in a high office approving or dissaproving. The creative teams put stuff up and the execs decide. Yes we want old formats revisited for light entertainment - ballroom danceing etc - no we dont want them for Sitcom. Seemed to be the response.

Nice lunches though.

:)

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Chappers

  • Monday 9th June 2008, 8:27pm
  • Surreyish., England
  • 31,167 posts

I remember reading they were planning to do it.

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sootyj

  • Monday 9th June 2008, 8:33pm
  • England
  • 51,287 posts

Perry is that international sales?

I dunno Jack, on the Buses is a laugh, and has some marvelous gags and really fab actors.

But Dad's Army is sublime, the acting, the writing, the way it all slots together.

It doesn't date in the way Chaucer doesn't date.

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AlanC

  • Tuesday 10th June 2008, 12:27am
  • The Frozen North, England
  • 2,969 posts
Quote: Perry Nium @ June 9 2008, 8:23 PM BST

Chaucer doesn't date?

Nope, he's dead now and his account on match.com has lapsed :)

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Aaron

  • Tuesday 10th June 2008, 12:32am
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,699 posts

Alan, Alan, Alan. *shakes head* Even I avoided that joke!