On The Buses Page 6

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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Alec

  • Thursday 21st October 2010, 8:54am
  • Woking, England
  • 2 posts

Thanks for clearing that up, must clean my ears out.

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john lucas 101

  • Thursday 21st October 2010, 9:12am
  • England
  • 7,098 posts

They seemed to make a lot of the names up in OTB as they went along, when they needed them. In the first series Blakey didn't even have a name, just referred to as the Inspector.

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Alfred J Kipper

  • Thursday 21st October 2010, 9:53am [Edited]
  • Aldershot, England
  • 6,223 posts

Going slightly off topic but I don't think it's worth doing a new thread for - How many sitcoms can anyone name that made the transition from Black & White to colour? OTB, Dad's Army, Steptoe, Till Death Us Do Part, Likely Lads, Up Pompeii!, then erm, erm...? Any more? Still, that's a starry old bunch, that. Oh, Budgie, but that was a comedy drama. Did The Rag Trade make it to colour? I don't remember but it must have been close to it. I'm sure I can see fuzzy clips of one or two more in my head, there must more that did. Oh did The Goodies start in B&W? I'm sure I remember one episode that was...do I?

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john lucas 101

  • Thursday 21st October 2010, 9:55am [Edited]
  • England
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The Rag Trade had a colour series in the 70s on ITV. Don't think the Goodies did any black and white eps. If you saw one it was probably the only surviving ep of one that was originally in colour.

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Aaron

  • Thursday 21st October 2010, 11:56am
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,699 posts

Up Pompeii! was all in colour, the Are You Being Served? pilot was black and white whilst the series was colour, ITV made two colour series of The Rag Trade, and one episode of The Goodies only survives in black and white (S01E04, I think). Anyway, this is indeed a discussion for another thread.

Regarding character naming, any long-running series does that.

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Chappers

  • Thursday 21st October 2010, 9:44pm
  • Surreyish., England
  • 31,167 posts

Was it as "funny" as the other series?

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george roper

  • Sunday 30th October 2011, 5:23pm [Edited]
  • in the back on stan butlers bus ., England
  • 4,039 posts

Love this show.
I have Reg Varney's autograph, and Bob Grant's autograph, Queenie Watts' autograph, and most of the memorabilia.

;)

Edited by Aaron - spelling and grammar.

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Stephen Ryder

  • Wednesday 16th November 2011, 4:13pm
  • Kent, England
  • 231 posts

Not a bad sitcom but the jokes are dated. ITV3 seem have a soft spot for it though, as they seem to be continuously showing it.

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Stephen Ryder

  • Tuesday 16th April 2013, 8:38pm
  • Kent, England
  • 231 posts

This may have been mentioned previously, but I think the characters of Arthur & Olive would've made for a good sitcom. Been watching quite a lot of 'On The Buses' of late, mainly due to Arthur and Olive. They were so much funnier than the likes of Stan & Jack. My opinion of course you understand.

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David Smith

  • Tuesday 16th April 2013, 8:48pm [Edited]
  • Aberdeen, Scotland
  • 2,527 posts

Yeah Arthur was the golden voice to this show. How come Arthur was in Holiday on the Buses in 1973 when series 7 was made in 1973?

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Billy Bunter

  • Tuesday 16th April 2013, 9:18pm
  • The Sussex Coast, England
  • 1,335 posts
Quote: David Smith @ April 16 2013, 8:48 PM BST

How come Arthur was in Holiday on the Buses in 1973 when series 7 was made in 1973?


The book, "The Making of On The Buses" by Tex Fisher states:

"The third & final film, Holiday On The Buses, was produced in 1973. Michael Robbins and Reg Varney, who by this time had both left the television series, rejoined the cast one last time in Elstree and on location at Prestatyn Holiday Park in Wales"

Doesn't strictly answer your question I know but...

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David Smith

  • Tuesday 16th April 2013, 9:24pm
  • Aberdeen, Scotland
  • 2,527 posts

How weird.

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Billy Bunter

  • Tuesday 16th April 2013, 9:30pm
  • The Sussex Coast, England
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Quote: David Smith @ April 16 2013, 9:24 PM BST

How weird.


I assume they couldn't, or didn't want to, commit themselves to an entire TV series but were available for a one-off film. Let's face it, the film would hardly have been commercially viable without Reg Varney in particular.