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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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David Smith

  • Tuesday 16th April 2013, 9:50pm
  • Aberdeen, Scotland
  • 2,527 posts

Yeah.

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G180e

  • Wednesday 17th April 2013, 8:39pm
  • Wolverhampton, England
  • 3,367 posts

This comedy never gets old! Overall, the films are the best in my opinion!

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David Smith

  • Wednesday 17th April 2013, 8:51pm
  • Aberdeen, Scotland
  • 2,527 posts

Agree Greg.Films were fantastic.

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jrt2345

  • Wednesday 1st May 2013, 4:02pm
  • Scarborough, England
  • 31 posts

I love this show. Got most of the DVDs and have seen all but 3 episodes.

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Steve Sunshine

  • Saturday 25th May 2013, 2:31am [Edited]
  • Dagenham, England
  • 14,587 posts

My brother smoked joints with Olive from On The Buses when they used to work at the same place.

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flappy

  • Saturday 1st June 2013, 11:44am
  • England
  • 4 posts

Amazing how those two blokes get all the young totty!

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Wirral Writer

  • Tuesday 4th June 2013, 3:28am
  • Wirral, England
  • 6 posts
Quote: Oldrocker @ June 6 2008, 4:41 AM BST

I just read the BSG review which said that the jokes are 'noticeably dated' and 'aren't funny anymore'

Hmmm . . could this not be said of almost every 50/60/70s sitcom?

I'm a huge Hancock fan (in both senses of the word thanks to Stella!) and 61 years old so what would my daughters who are 18 and 17 think of 'Sunday afternoon at home'?

They just would not understand it.

Likewise something like 'All Gas and Gaiters'.

These programmes were set in a world 40 or 50 years ago and given the pace of change even in the last 20 years it's hardly surprising that they seem a bit outdated.

Having just finished watching every episode of Dad's Army, I'm now starting on OTB.

It does show though what a stroke of genius Dad's Army was because it still seems as fresh today as ever in my opinion.


I HATE these people who regard 70s humour as "dated". On The Buses was one of the greatest sitcoms ever. Beats today's smut-ridden, so-called "comedy" shows by a mile.

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James Cotter

  • Wednesday 1st June 2016, 2:13pm
  • Exeter, Devon, England
  • 1,594 posts

Fans of On The Buses might be intrested to know that I am taking part in a show all about Reg Varney's early years called Before The Buses in Budleigh where he lived for the last 20 years of his life. His daughter Jeanne has put together the material and will be attending.

All profits to the British Heart Foundation, Children's Hospice South West and Fairlynch Museum and Arts Centre.

The early years of Budleigh Salterton's own Reg Varney. Famed for On The Buses and The Rag Trade. Great songs, glimpses of London's East End and Budleigh in the '30s, stories from Reg's early struggles.

More here http://fairlynchmuseum.uk/onewebmedia/Home%20Page/Latest%20News/Before%20The%20Buses.pdf

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Chappers

  • Thursday 2nd June 2016, 12:30am
  • Surreyish., England
  • 31,167 posts
Quote: James Cotter @ 1st June 2016, 2:13 PM BST

Fans of On The Buses might be intrested to know that I am taking part in a show all about Reg Varney's early years called Before The Buses in Budleigh where he lived for the last 20 years of his life. His daughter Jeanne has put together the material and will be attending.

All profits to the British Heart Foundation, Children's Hospice South West and Fairlynch Museum and Arts Centre.

The early years of Budleigh Salterton's own Reg Varney. Famed for On The Buses and The Rag Trade. Great songs, glimpses of London's East End and Budleigh in the '30s, stories from Reg's early struggles.

More here http://fairlynchmuseum.uk/onewebmedia/Home%20Page/Latest%20News/Before%20The%20Buses.pdf

Will that include the Valiant Varneys? One of my favourite programmes when I was a kid.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0493488/

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James Cotter

  • Thursday 2nd June 2016, 8:25am [Edited]
  • Exeter, Devon, England
  • 1,594 posts

Sadly not although I will ask his daughter about that one as it's not a series I knew about. It's more his very early days starting off playing the piano in working mans clubs.

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gbcomsrule

  • Saturday 18th June 2016, 1:33pm [Edited]
  • grimsby, England
  • 37 posts

Ok so OTB wasn't Shakespeare but the fact that the show still features on ITV3 on a daily basis shows it is still popular. Apparently the show still runs in Australia too. It's of its time, and nostalgia viewing for many. It probably wouldn't get commissioned today but 7 series and 3 movies? It deserves its place in British sitcom history.

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paulted

  • Monday 20th June 2016, 7:21pm
  • 127 Inkerman Terrace, Newcastle, England
  • 620 posts

I'm a bit too young to have seen the TV series, but have seen the movies. These and others from that era (Bless This House, Love Thy Neighbour, Man About The House, and the "present day" Carry Ons) all have a quality that makes them seem like the are from a bygone age. While they are all as cheap as chips, each of them has occasional laugh out loud moments. The decorating shenanigans and darts match of Holiday on the Buses are fantastic.

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alan1967

  • Thursday 30th June 2016, 11:04pm
  • England
  • 125 posts

Absolutely loved the films very nostalgic.