Title: On the Buses
Genre: UK Sitcom
First Transmission: 1969-1973
The show about the goings-on at a bus depot with the laddish behaviour of Stan and Jack, two bus drivers.
Best Episode #22
Foggy Night – On an exceptionally foggy night, Stan refuses to carry on with his journey unless someone walks in front of the bus with a torch. Olive gets caught short and somehow brings a cow onto the bus. Meanwhile, Blakey gets ditch-water in his boots before the fog clears. (1970)
Episode characteristics & General Consensus:
Having all the characters marooned in one place made for some fine comic interaction.
The best of the best.
Foggy Night’ is classic ‘Buses’ at is very best.
Apart from a slow introduction, the story gets better & memorable.
Worst Episode #40
The Nursery – The bus company opens a creche, run by a formidable elderly nurse. Stan suggests that Olive might be suitable as the nurse’s assistant. Olive is not especially competent and then she breaks her glasses leaving Stan and Jack to look after the babies for her. (1971)
Episode characteristics & General Consensus:
Olive takes centre stage in this episode. Just a boring and daft episode.
Full Episode Guide
Blue episodes rated above par.
Brown episodes rated below par.
#1 The Early Shift (1969) –
During an industrial dispute, Stan lies in front of the bus Blakey is driving and attracts the attention of a news crew.
#2 The New Conductor (1969) –
Stan dates the new conductress, Iris.
#3 Olive Takes a Trip (1969) –
Olive gets a job as a bus conductress much to Stan’s horror.
#4 Bus Driver’s Stomach (1969) –
Stan goes on a diet after getting stomach aches.
#5 The New Inspector (1969) –
Stan applies for the new job as inspector but fears that he might end up like Blakey.
#6 The Canteen (1969) –
Stan becomes the new manager of the canteen and hires Olive as the new cook.
#7 The Darts Match (1969) –
Stan and Jack are challenged to a darts match.
#8 Family Flu (1969) –
Everybody in the family comes down with the flu.
#9 Used Combination (1969) –
Arthur buys an old motorbike combination, and Stan borrows some tools to get it working again.
#10 Self Defence (1969) –
After being attacked by drunken yobs, Stan and Jack join self-defence classes.
#11 Aunt Maud (1969) –
Aunt Maud comes to stay with her huge dog.
#12 Late Again (1969) –
Stan is continually late for his early shift after some late nights.
#13 Bon Voyage (1969) –
Stan goes on a holiday to Spain with other crewmates.
#14 First Aid (1970) –
The bus company decrees that all staff members should go on a first aid course.
#15 The Cistern (1970) –
The toilet in the Butler household needs replacing as it is making funny noises.
#16 The Inspector’s Niece (1970) –
A new batch of crumpet arrives wanting to be conductresses.
#17 Brew It Yourself (1970) –
Stan makes some homebrew – but it is exceedingly strong!
#18 Busmen’s Perks (1970) –
Stan gets some paint from the depot to redecorate the house but it is very, very, slow drying.
#19 The Snake (1970) –
Jack goes out on a date with Fatima, an exotic dancer who uses a snake in her act.
#20 Mum’s Last Fling (1970) –
Stan’s mum dates Wilfred from the social club and her behaviour changes drastically,
#21 Radio Control (1970) –
Two-way radio systems are set up in the cabs and Stan and Jack are not too pleased.
#22 Foggy Night (1970) –
On a very foggy night, Stan refuses to continue with his journey unless someone walks in front of the bus with a torch.
#23 The New Uniforms (1970) –
The bus crews are issued with new streamlined uniforms.
#24 Going Steady (1970) –
Stan is going steady with Blakey’s niece, so the Butler’s lay on a tea for their engagement.
#25 The Squeeze (1970) –
The Butler family are in financial dire straits.
#26 On the Make (1970) –
The Butler’s take in a lodger, Edna, with her big dog, Coco.
#27 Nowhere to Go (1970) –
Stan is finally going to get some time alone with his girlfriend, Suzy, as the rest of the family are off to visit Aunt Maud.
#28 The Canteen Girl (1970) –
Blakey falls for an Amazonian canteen worker Molly, but the lads believe that she will two-time him.
#29 Dangerous Driving (1970) –
Stan reads an article that suggests bus drivers are prone to diseases because of their sedentary work.
#30 The Other Woman (1970) –
Olive is offended when Arthur gets too friendly with Wendy, a conductress they meet at the social club.
#31 Christmas Duty (1970) –
Blakey gets Stan and Jack to work on Christmas day,
#32 The ‘L’ Bus (1971) –
Stan needs to transport Arthur and Olive’s new bed to the house so he uses the ‘L’ bus.
#33 The Kids’ Outing (1971) –
Blakey makes Stan and Jack man the bus for the dreaded kids’ outing.
#34 The Anniversary (1971) –
As a tenth anniversary present, Aunt Maud sends Olive and Arthur a dog.
#35 Cover Up (1971) –
Stan smuggles material out of the bus depot to reupholster the chairs in the Butler household.
#36 Safety First (1971) –
After an accident, Blakey devises a new exit and entry system for the buses.
#37 The Lodger (1971) –
To make money the family takes in a lodger, Mr Nichols, the new transport manager.
#38 The Injury (1971) –
Stan has an accident at home but then re-stages it at work for a compensation claim.
#39 Not Tonight (1971) –
Stan’s becomes smitten by Stella, the new canteen girl, and he lends her money to pay the rent.
#40 The Nursery (1971) –
The bus company opens a creche, run by a formidable elderly nurse, and Stan suggests that Olive would be suitable as the nurse’s assistant.
#41 Stan’s Room (1971) –
Stan rents a room at Blakey’s as he is fed up of sneaking women into his room at home.
#42 The Best Man (1971) –
Stan is the best man when his friend Bill marries Sally, Blakey’s niece.
#43 The Inspector’s Pets (1971) –
The Butlers agree to look after Blakey’s tank of tropical fish and his pedigree dachshund bitch, Mitzi, while he is away.
#44 The Epidemic (1971) –
A massive epidemic of the flu gives Stan and Jack some great overtime payments.
#45 The Busmen’s Ball (1971) –
It’s the annual busmen’s ball and much to Blakey’s displeasure, Stan and Jack have booked a stripper.
#46 Canteen Trouble (1971) –
Blakey replaces Suzy the canteen manageress, as she favours Stan and Jack with larger portions of food.
#47 The New Nurse (1971) –
Arthur takes a shine to Mary, the depot nurse, when she moves into the Butlers as a lodger.
#48 Lost Property (1971) –
Blakey insists forms are filled in for all lost property found on the buses.
#49 Stan’s Uniform (1971) –
Stan gets his uniform dirty and badly needs a new one – hopefully for free.
#50 The Strain (1971) –
Stan strains his back and the doctor suggests he wear a corset.
#51 The New Telly (1971) –
Stan makes a down payment on a new colour television set, so he sells the old clapped out black and white one to Blakey.
#52 Vacancy for Inspector (1971) –
Jack becomes a new Inspector, but the power goes straight to his head.
#53 A Thin Time (1971) –
Arthur falls for conductress Beryl.
#54 Boxing Day Social (1971) –
It’s Boxing Day and Arthur’s mother has come to stay, along with his sister Linda, who throws herself at all the men.
#55 No Smoke Without Fire (1972) –
Due to a fire in the depot’s paint shop caused by a carelessly dropped cigarette, smoking is banned.
#56 Love Is What You Make It (1972) –
Stan takes his sister to a marriage counsellor, who suggests Olive make herself look more glamorous.
#57 Private Hire (1972) –
Stan has borrowed money from a bouncer called Basher, and he needs to raise some money – fast!
#58 Stan’s Worst Day (1972) –
Stan has a trip down memory lane.
#59 Union Trouble (1972) –
When Blakey dismisses tea-lady Elsie, Jack calls a strike.
#60 Bye Bye Blakey (1972) –
Stan eavesdrops on Blakey’s medical and mistakenly believes that he is terminally ill.
#61 The Prize (1972) –
Stan’s mum has won an all-inclusive ticket to Spain, and all in the Butler household are extra nice to her, hoping to be her travelling companion.
#62 Olive’s Divorce (1973) –
Olive is granted her divorce from Arthur.
#63 The Perfect Clippie (1973) –
Olive, to the surprise of everybody, becomes a brilliant clippie.
#64 The Ticket Machine (1973) –
The family run into money problems.
#65 The Poster (1973) –
Stan enters a competition to find the face of the perfect driver.
#66 The Football Match (1973) –
The bus crews are encouraged to form their own staff football team.
#67 On The Omnibuses (1973) –
To celebrate the good old days of Luxton Bus Company, Blakey organizes an exhibition.
#68 Goodbye Stan (1973) –
Stan decides he can make more money if he heads North and gets work in a car factory.
#69 Hot Water (1973) –
Blakey, now a lodger at the Butlers, needs a new immersion heater – unfortunately, Jack gets involved.
#70 The Visit (1973) –
Blakey’s mother comes to stay and proves to be thoroughly unpleasant.
#71 What The Stars Foretell (1973) –
According to the tea-leaves – and the horoscopes – romance is in the air for both Olive and her Mum – it’s Blakey!
#72 The Allowance (1973) –
The female staff have to pay to use the toilets on bus routes, so they want an allowance.
#73 Friends In High Places (1973) –
The canteen cook resigns and a replacement needs to be found.
#74 Gardening Time (1973) –
There is to be a competition among the bus crews for the owner of the best-kept garden and Jack and Blakey both enter.