One the Buses

Welcome to our 'On The Buses' page, as you can see we offer a nice range of merchandise produced by talented artist 'Leon Garcia' plus a few more collectibles. NOTE: The T shirts are in UK POUNDS only, if you are overseas and would like one, then email me your details and I can send you a Paypal invoice. However all the other items have a POUNDS, EUROS and DOLLAR CARTS.

T SHIRT SIZE GUIDE (Chest in inches)  Small 36"/ Medium 40" / Large 44" /  XL 48" /  XXL 54"

Just select the T SHIRT size from the drop down menu, then click the yellow cart button.

Most items are specially made to order by Leon Garcia, so allow 28 days for delivery.

Reg varney Mousemat

BLAKEY/STAN MOUSEMAT

£6.99 UK

10   EUROS

$15 USA

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Reg Varney Mousemat

REG VARNEY MOUSEMAT

£6.99 UK

10   EUROS

$15 USA

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Blakey and Stan On the buses mug

BLAKEY and STAN CERAMIC MUG

£7.99 UK

12   EUROS

$19 USA

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Stan Butler Reg Varney colour mug

REG COLOUR CERAMIC MUG

£7.99 UK

12   EUROS

$19 USA

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Get that bus out Blakey Mug On the buses

BLAKEY CERAMIC MUG

£7.99 UK

12   EUROS

$19 USA

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Blakey Beer Glass

BLAKEY PINT GLASS

£6.99 UK

12   EUROS

$18 USA

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On the buses photo set

ON THE BUSES (BLAKEY) 54 FILM PUBLICITY PHOTOS - 6" X 4" SIZE

PHOTO SET

£24.99 UK

36  EUROS

$47 USA

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On the Buses Fridge Magnets

THREE MOVE POSTER MAGNETS

£9.99 UK

16  EUROS

$21 USA

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On The Buses Fridge Magnets Blakey

ON THE BUSES MAGNETS SET #2

£9.99 UK

16  EUROS

$21 USA

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On the buses Jack Mug

JACK HARPER

BOB GRANT MUG

£7.99 UK

12  EUROS

$19 USA

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OLIVE ON THE BUSES MUG

OLIVE MUG

£7.99 UK

12  EUROS

$19 USA

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Jack Harper Bob Grant

JACK ( BOB GRANT)

PINT GLASS

£6.99 UK

12  EUROS

$18 USA

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Blakey T shirt white

BLAKEY T Shirt

T Shirt  £14.95

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Blakey Black T shirt

BLAKEY BLACK Shirt

T Shirt  £14.95

T SHIRT SIZE

Reg Varney Stan Butler On the Buses T shirt

REG Colour T Shirt

T Shirt  £14.95

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Blakey and Stan On the buses T shirt

Blakey & Stan T Shirt

T Shirt  £14.95

T SHIRT SIZE

ON THE BUSES LUXTON COASTER SET

LUXTON COASTER SET

£7.99 UK

10  EUROS

$15 USA

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Blakey On the Buses

ON THE BUSES COASTERS

£7.99 UK

10  EUROS

$15 USA

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Dads Army

DADS ARMY

Film and TV T shirts

FILM & TV  T SHIRTS

British comedy

BRITISH COMEDY # 1

Dr Who

DOCTOR WHO

BACK TO THE FILM FUNSTERS STORE

 

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Stan Butler (Reg Varney) works as a bus driver for the Luxton & District Traction Company. He lives with his bingo-loving, widowed and overbearing mother (Cicely Courtneidge, later Doris Hare), his frumpy sister, Olive (Anna Karen), and his lazy brother-in-law, Arthur (Michael Robbins). The bane of Stan's life is Inspector Cyril "Blakey" Blake (Stephen Lewis), who is often checking up on him and his conductor and friend, the cheerful, bucktoothed Jack Harper (Bob Grant). Blakey threatens them with the sack for lateness and untidiness; he sports a toothbrush moustache and general appearance in the image of Adolf Hitler. His catchphrases are "I 'ate you Butler!" and "You've made my day." In later years Arthur and then Stan left the series, Olive worked for the bus company and Blakey moved in to board at Mum's house.

Background

Seventy-four half-hour episodes were made. Also popular were the spin-off films by Hammer Film Productions On the Buses, 1971; Mutiny on the Buses, 1972; and Holiday on the Buses, 1973, set on a Pontin's holiday camp). On the Buses became Britain's top box-office film at the time, surpassing the James Bond movie Diamonds Are Forever (1971).

The films were somewhat non-canonical to the series - in the films, Arthur and Olive manage to have two children (she's pregnant with their second child at the end of Mutiny On The Buses) and Stan is working for "The Town & District Bus Company" instead of "The Luxton & District Bus Company. The buses in the films are red (not counting the Windsor Safari Park tour bus in Mutiny On The Buses).

Towards the end of the series, Arthur has left Olive - they have no children, they get divorced and Stan takes a job in the Midlands. The buses are green (though, in the black and white episodes, it's hard to tell).

In addition, two five-minute Christmas specials were made by LWT. One has been wiped but the other — featuring a goose that the cast are chasing for Christmas dinner — exists at Fremantle Media.

A spin-off series, Don't Drink the Water, ran for 13 episodes from 1974 to 1975. This featured Blake retiring to Spain with his sister, Dorothy (Pat Coombs).

The format of On the Buses was sold to American television, where it was remade by NBC as Lotsa Luck, starring Dom DeLuise, running for 24 episodes in 1973–74. The American version was unsuccessful and has never been screened in Britain.

The series was recorded at London Weekend Television's studios at Wembley. In late 1972 the show relocated to the company's new South Bank of the River Thames; here the outside doors to the main and secondary studios were too small to accommodate the double-decker buses used in the series. Therefore single-decker buses were used and a plywood mock-up of a second deck was lowered from a lighting rig.

Filmed external shots were part of the series. LWT arranged with Eastern National bus company to use their buses at the Wood Green bus garage in north London. For the series, they were under the ownership of 'Luxton and District'. 'Luxton' is supposed to be in Essex, and actual Essex towns such as Southend, Basildon, Braintree and Tilbury are all mentioned. One of the termini for the buses was 'Cemetery Gates' and for this, LWT used the entrance to Lavender Hill Cemetery in Enfield, Middlesex, near Reg Varney's home.

The fourth season was affected by the ITV Colour Strike, with seven of 13 episodes being made in black and white.

On the Buses was the subject of a board game by Denys Fisher games.

After a tour of Australia in 1988 in an On the Buses stage play, a revival of the television series, Back on the Buses was mooted in 1990, featuring Varney, Lewis, Robbins, Hare, Karen and Grant. Despite publicity, including an appearance by the cast on the BBC TV chat show Wogan, the idea never came to fruition though and the series was never made. Although scripts were never written, the proposed series was to feature Stan and Jack running their own bus company and coming into conflict with Blakey, who was running a rival firm.

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