On the Buses

On air for 7 years and spawning several specials and feature films “On the Buses” is a sit com that highlights the trials and tribulations of Stan (Reg Varney), a bus driver for the Luxton & District Traction Company, and his conductor Jack (Bob Grant). Stan and Jack are a couple of “jack-the-lads” who are not averse to clocking a bit of crumpet here and there and much of the series contains material that would not be acceptable by today’s standards.

Examples of this include politically incorrect jokes about race as well as women only being treated as sex objects. Another character who serves as antagonist to the boy’s fun is Inspector Blake who’ll do anything to make them miserable and often succeeds earning him nicknames such as Hitler, The Gestapo, Dracula, Frankenstein and Abominable Snowman.

Other characters include Olive Rudge (Anna Karen) Stan’s frumpy, whining sister and her husband Arthur (Michael Robbins) who works for the railway and is fervent unionist. The bawdy nature of this show reflects the attitudes and humour of Britain in the late 1960’s – early 1970’s and while often denounced by critics was one of the most popular sitcoms of its day.

Season 2
Episode
Date & time
 
4: Aunt Maude
 
4: Aunt Maude
Tue 25 December·5:15am
Rec
3: Self Defence
 
3: Self Defence
Mon 24 December·5:15am
Rec
2: The Used Combination
 
2: The Used Combination
Sun 23 December·5:20am
Rec
1: Family Flu
 
1: Family Flu
Sat 22 December·5:15am
Rec
7: The Darts Match
 
7: The Darts Match
Fri 21 December·5:15am
Rec
6: The Canteen
 
6: The Canteen
Thu 20 December·5:15am
Rec
5: The New Inspector
 
5: The New Inspector
Wed 19 December·5:15am
Rec
4: Bus Driver's Stomach
 
4: Bus Driver's Stomach
Tue 18 December·5:15am
Rec
3: Olive Takes A Trip
 
3: Olive Takes A Trip
Mon 17 December·5:15am
Rec
2: The New Conductor
 
2: The New Conductor
Sun 16 December·5:20am
Rec
1: The Early Shift
 
1: The Early Shift
Sat 15 December·5:15am
Rec