British Comedy Guide

On The Buses. Image shows from L to R: Arthur (Michael Robbins), Olive (Anna Karen), Stan Butler (Reg Varney), Mum (Cicely Courtneidge), Jack Harper (Bob Grant), Inspector Blake (Stephen Lewis). Copyright: London Weekend Television.

On The Buses

ITV sitcom. 74 episodes (7 series), 1969 - 1973. Stars Reg Varney, Bob Grant, Stephen Lewis, Anna Karen, Cicely Courtneidge, Doris Hare and Michael Robbins.

Series 4, Episode 13 is repeated on ITV3 today at 4:50pm.

Series 3, Episode 6 - The Snake

The Indian busmen hold a social evening in the depot canteen with an attractive snake dancer. Jack steals the opportunity to ask her out, and asks Stan to take his washing home for him - complete with slithery companion!

Broadcast details

Friday 6th February 1970
30 minutes


  1. Friday 19th June 2009 at 18.55 on ITV3
  2. Wednesday 25th May 2011 at 16.45 on ITV3
  3. Tuesday 19th July 2011 at 10.55 on ITV3
  4. Tuesday 6th December 2011 at 16.40 on ITV3
  5. Wednesday 7th December 2011 at 01.25 on ITV3
  6. Tuesday 3rd April 2012 at 16.05 on ITV3
  7. Tuesday 29th May 2012 at 16.00 on ITV3
  8. Friday 3rd August 2012 at 17.20 on ITV3
  9. Friday 8th March 2013 at 06.00 on ITV3
  10. Friday 15th March 2013 at 16.50 on ITV3
  11. Tuesday 2nd April 2013 at 16.50 on ITV3
  12. Monday 3rd June 2013 at 16.45 on ITV3
  13. Monday 18th August 2014 at 17.15 on ITV3
  14. Tuesday 19th August 2014 at 06.10 on ITV3
  15. Monday 12th January 2015 at 17.20 on ITV3
  16. Thursday 2nd April 2015 at 17.15 on ITV3
  17. Saturday 4th April 2015 at 06.10 on ITV3
  18. Tuesday 9th June 2015 at 17.20 on ITV3
  19. Friday 13th November 2015 at 16.50 on ITV3
  20. Thursday 11th February 2016 at 17.20 on ITV3
  21. Monday 15th February 2016 at 04.55 on ITV3
  22. Tuesday 4th October 2016 at 17.20 on ITV3

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Reg Varney Stan Butler
Bob Grant Jack Harper
Stephen Lewis Inspector Blake
Anna Karen Olive
Doris Hare Mum
Michael Robbins Arthur
Guest cast
Julia Mendez Fatima
Ishaq Bux Ahmed
Vemu Makunda Vina Player
Austin Baptiste Tabla Player
Writing team
Ronald Chesney Writer
Ronald Wolfe Writer
Production team
Stuart Allen Director
Stuart Allen Producer
Andrew Gardner Production Designer

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