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On The Buses. Stan Butler (Reg Varney). Copyright: London Weekend Television.

On The Buses

ITV sitcom about a bus driver, his colleagues and family. 74 episodes (7 series), 1969 - 1973. Stars Reg Varney, Bob Grant, Stephen Lewis, Anna Karen and others.

Series 5, Episode 9 is repeated on ITV3 on Saturday at 4am

The Making Of... On The Buses

The Making Of... On The Buses

For over forty years, On The Buses has been something of a phenomenon. But despite the incredible following this cult classic sustains, the story the show took to materialise has seldom been divulged to the fans, until now. For the first time, series creators Ronald Wolfe and Ronald Chesney have spoken in depth about the television icon they developed; discussing how the idea came about, developing the series, casting the parts, and producing almost five years of classic comedy. Joined with ladles of memories and anecdotes from the cast (including Anna Karen and Kate Williams), as well as numerous support actors, series directors and studio crew, this book can conjure a rare opportunity to get behind the scenes of On The Buses, learning the vital facts from the people involved.

Sneaking through the gap in the depot doors, this book truly is the ideal side-kick to the sitcom classic. Jump on board the number 11 for a journey through the series. Notable bus stops along the way include; how On The Buses took America by storm, the secret life of the Bristol Lodekka, cast feuds, and the reason why Anna Karen can never look a pickled onion in the face again.

First published: Monday 5th September 2011

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