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On the Buses

It always amazes us that this programme could still be responsible for so many cultural reference points, since the show itself was always diabolical. Yet strangulated cries of “I ‘ate you Butler!” can still be heard regularly (if you listen in the right places) in public and looking like ‘Olive from On The Buses’ is still a rather cutting insult in many parts – most particularly a pub where some of us used to work. And in fact, aside from some generic randiness from the one with the Stonehenge gob and the supposedly hilarious sight of a man far too old to be riding a motorbike riding a motorbike, that’s pretty much all the show consisted of. Oh, but the film’s actually better than the series. We suggest you watch it whilst clutching a goblet of brown ale just to heighten your level of participation. One of the discontinued Truman’s varieties should suffice.

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  1. Richard Davies

    December 13, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    The OTB films are helped by the higher budgets that provided more exterior scenes than the TV episode normally had.

    Olive’s attempts at being the depot cook (I couldn’t get the fat hot enough!) & Arthur’s bike loosing it’s sidecar (with Olive inside!) stand up to repeated viewings.

  2. Bullikins

    December 20, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    I’ve noticed the three On The Buses films are running consecutively on Christmas Day on ITV3. The Radio Times, in a tradition as age-old as St NIck himself, awards each a measly one star. Myself, I’d give em five stars apiece, show them on prime time BBC 1 and substitute the Queen’s speech with the clip of Little Arthur having a dump in Arthur’s cap.

  3. Glenn A

    November 18, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    I think I’ll pay 20 new pence to watch this at the local ABC, larf my head off and sink a few pints of Courage afterwards. So of its time, the early seventies films and the fleapits they were shown in still have a huge appeal to me.

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