On The Buses

ITV (ended 1973)




Episode Guide

    • The Snake
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      A social night at the depot by the overseas busmen's club invites everyone to their evening. With an exotic dancer on the bill Stan and Jack are sure to enjoy themselves.
    • Foggy Night
      Season 3 - Episode 9
      Stan and Jack's bus is caught in thick fog which causes problems for them, especially as Blakey and the Butler family are also on board.
    • The Other Woman
      Season 4 - Episode 4
      At the busman's social, Arthur is spending his time and money on one of the clippies, Wendy, much to Olive's chagrin. When Olive throws Arthur out, the family thinks he is staying with Wendy, but he actually spends the night in the sidecar of his motorbike.
    • A Thin Time
      Season 5 - Episode 14
      After taking a shine to a clippie who likes men with 'a full head of hair', Arthur decides to splash out on a wig. The problem is that the family is skint and cannot afford such things. Arthur then has the dilemma of keeping the wig a secret from the family.moreless
    • Brew It Yourself
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      Stan plans on brewing his own beer to save money. Trouble is, once he's tested it, he also goes back to work, where Blakey spots him and notices he's drunk. So when Blakey pulls Stan in for a breath test, it's up to Jack to find a way for him to pass the test without being caught.moreless
    • The New Uniforms
      Season 3 - Episode 10
      Stan and Jack have been chosen as guinea pigs for the Company's tasteful new grey uniform. They are set against the idea until they realise it's just the job for pulling the ladies!
    • The New Telly
      Season 5 - Episode 12
      When the staff have their Christmas Club payout from Blakey, Stan and the family decide to buy a colour television. But they have a problem disposing of their old black and white tv.
    • The Inspector's Niece
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      Sally is the Inspector's niece and is put on Stan's bus as the new clippie. How will Stan cope with her Uncle Blakey watching?
    • Aunt Maud
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      Aunt Maud comes to stay and upsets the family home life. The little dog of Aunt Maud's has now grown into a huge animal and also upsets Stan's peaceful home
    • The Cistern
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      A noisy cistern in the Butler household is just the start of the troubles. Buying a new toilet isn't the problem, it's how to get it home from the shop!
    • Boxing Day Social
      Season 5 - Episode 15
      At the Boxing Day Social there is growing tension between Arthur's mother and the Butlers, while Jack starts to get very friendly with Arthur's sister.
    • Bye Bye Blakey
      Season 6 - Episode 6
      Stan and Jack mistakenly think that Blakey might be dying, after he has a medical at the depot.
    • Stan's Worst Day
      Season 6 - Episode 4
      It's been a pretty bad week for Stan, Arthur and Olive are constantly arguing and keeping him awake which also makes him late for work and so tired that he falls asleep and crashes the bus.
    • Going Steady
      Season 3 - Episode 11
      Stan has been seeing Blakey's niece, Sally. When Stan announces that he wants to marry her, Blakey insists that he and Sally meet Stan's family. So when Stan invites them round for dinner, all the family act posh, until Sally starts criticizing everything that Stan does and says.
    • The Darts Match
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      Stan and Jack are challenged to a darts match by two clippies, Iris and Jenny. Stan feels he's a bit out of practice and so spends all his spare time practicing his darts playing. When he drops one of his darts in Olive's stew, he has to use a new set which he is not used to. His darts playing has the added problem of Iris' flirting during the match!moreless
    • The Inspector's Pets
      Season 5 - Episode 4
      To prevent being found out after an accident, Stan offers to look after Blakey's pet goldfish and pedigree dog so that Blakey can take his mother for a weekend in Brighton and the bus can be fixed.
    • Canteen Trouble
      Season 5 - Episode 7
      Suzy the canteen girl is charging the busmen reduced rates for larger portions while still charging full price for Blakey. When Blakey discovers that Suzy is also giving Stan food from the canteen to take home, Blakey sacks her and hires Gladys, a former prison wardress, who he hopes won't be corrupted by Stan and Jack.moreless
    • Christmas Duty
      Season 4 - Episode 5
      Stan and Jack end up having to do a shift on Christmas day again.
    • The 'L' Bus
      Season 4 - Episode 6
      After too many sleepless nights due to Arthur and Olive's squeaky bed, Stan tries his hand at mending it but unfortunately only suceeds in making it worse! Jack's aunt has a bed to sell but the problem is transporting it to the Butler's house. Fortunately, Stan and Jack is in charge of the 'learner' bus, training new staff, so they use the bus to transport the bed. However, the bus develops mechanical problems and they have to go back to the depot and move the bed onto another bus without Blakey seeing them!moreless
    • The Used Combination
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      Arthur's motorcycle and side car are in desperate need of repairs. Stan says that he can get the tools needed for the job, from the bus depot, if he can sneak them out past anyone in particular who might be watching.
    • Hot Water
      Season 7 - Episode 8
      When Blakey accidentally breaks the Butler's immersion heater, he and Jack attempt to replace it with a new one.
    • First Aid
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      Blakey decides that all the Bus Crews, including Stan and Jack, must pass a first aid course .
    • The New Nurse
      Season 5 - Episode 8
      The depot's snobby new nurse is looking for lodgings in town and the Butlers are too willing to oblige. However Arthur, impressed by her posh voice, good manners and taste in intellectual films is taking more than a shine to her.
    • The Perfect Clippie
      Season 7 - Episode 2
      A financial crisis forces Olive to go to work, so Stan grovels to Blakey to get her fixed up as a clippie, which turns out to be an unpopular move with the rest of the depot staff
    • The Kids' Outing
      Season 4 - Episode 7
      It's the day of the annual kids outing, a job that none of the bus crews want to do.
    • Bon Voyage
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      Stan and Jack are going on holiday to Spain and decide to try and get a suntan before they go. After a spot of sunbathing at the Cemetery Gates, Stan discovers that his uniform has been stolen, which is going to prove difficult to explain away back at the depot.
    • Olive Takes a Trip
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      To help with the family income, Olive gets a job as a clippie and gets put on Stan's bus, against his wishes. The trouble is Olive does not travel well!
    • Safety First
      Season 4 - Episode 10
      After several buses are nearly involved in accidents while leaving the depot, Blakey decides to introduce a new set of road and depot safety rules.
    • The Visit
      Season 7 - Episode 9
      Blakey invites his mum over to the Butler home now that he is living there, but she isn't very happy about the situation.
    • The Canteen Girl
      Season 4 - Episode 2
      Blakey has taken a shine to the canteen girl, Molly. So much so that he has asked her to marry him and live out in the country! However, Stan and Jack know that she has a reputation and will go with anyone after a few drinks. The problem is they have to make Blakey see sense before he leaves the depot.moreless
    • Self Defence
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      After a number of assaults on bus staff, the management introduce judo lessons. Enter Blakey as the judo instructor!
    • The New Inspector
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      Stan is in need of some extra cash, so he applies for a position as an Inspector, but soon starts to worry about what the other lads will think of him.
    • The Canteen
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      After complaints are made about it, the bus crews decide to take over the running of the canteen and make Olive the new cook.
    • The Injury
      Season 4 - Episode 12
      Stan has an accident while decorating the bathroom but, because the injury was caused at home, he will not be paid sick pay. Jack has an idea, if they can mock up an accident at the depot, the management will have to pay up. A trap is set up on the depot stairs, but Blakey gets there first!moreless
    • Love Is What You Make It
      Season 6 - Episode 2
      Olive tries to make Arthur jealous by pretending to seduce another man.
    • The Lodger
      Season 4 - Episode 11
      The Butlers rent out their spare room to the new Traffic Manager. But Olive gets more than she bargained for when she takes him up his breakfast!
    • The Cover Up
      Season 4 - Episode 9
      The Butler's furniture needs new covers, but as money is short Stan suggests using spare bus seat fabric from the Depot. When Blakey makes an unexpected visit, the Butlers try to hide their newly covered furniture!
    • Vacancy for Inspector
      Season 5 - Episode 13
      A vacancy for a new inspector crops up at the depot. Blakey recommends Jack for the post. Stan is horrified at the thought until Jack tells him that he can mark him down for overtime and put Christine the clippie on his bus if he was an inspector. However it is not long before Jack is on Blakey's side, informing him of Stan's tricks and dodges!moreless
    • Olive's Divorce
      Season 7 - Episode 1
      Stan takes Olive to the divorce courts as Arthur has now been gone for six months.
    • Busman's Perks
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      Arthur and Olive's bedroom needs decorating, so the Butlers decide to paint the room the same colour as the Luxton Town and District Buses to save money.
    • Radio Control
      Season 3 - Episode 8
      Blakey comes up with the idea of installing a two way radio system on the buses to keep tabs on where they are at all times, so Stan and Jack have to come up with a plan to get rid of it.
    • Family Flu
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      Mum and Olive are in bed with the flu and it is not long before Arthur joins them. Stan is rushed off his feet looking after them all and also doing his shifts at the depot. To recover, the family go to stay with Aunt Maud. Stan and Jack plan a party in their absence, if Stan can stay fit!moreless
    • On The Omnibuses
      Season 7 - Episode 6
      As the company celebrates its centenary, an overworked Stan falls asleep and is transported to the depot of the past.
    • Dangerous Driving
      Season 4 - Episode 3
      When an article is printed in the paper saying that bus drivers are at risk from health problems, Mum decides to put Stan on a diet.
    • Lost Property
      Season 5 - Episode 9
      Due to the amount of lost property going missing, Blakey insists on a form being filled out for every piece that is found on the bus. Stan and Jack decide to play a few tricks on Blakey and get their own back.
    • Goodbye Stan
      Season 7 - Episode 7
      Stan gets a job up north, so he decides to get himself sacked in order to earn an extra week's wages.
    • Private Hire
      Season 6 - Episode 3
      After a bit of unlucky gambling, Stan borrows some money off Basher, but when Basher wants it back Stan hasn't got it so Jack suggests that they borrow a bus to take the old folks out on a trip, as paying customers.
    • Bus Drivers' Stomach
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      Sitting on the bus engine all day has given Stan an over acidic stomach, known at the depot as 'bus drivers stomach'. When Blakey announces medical checks for the staff, Stan has to try and get himself fit to pass the medical, even if it means giving up greasy fried food!moreless
    • Late Again
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      Stan is burning the candle at both ends, what with his new girlfriend keeping him out late at night and then having to do the early shift at the depot.
    • The Squeeze
      Season 3 - Episode 12
      Money is so tight in the Butler household, that they decide to sell various things to raise some cash, including Arthur's motorbike and side car.
    • The Poster
      Season 7 - Episode 4
      The company mounts an advertising campaign to attract more passengers, so Jack enters Stan as a possible candidate for a new promotional poster.
    • The New Conductor
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      When Stan sees his new clippie Iris all his nervousness goes, and they end up on a date together. He tells Mum that he is working an extra shift so he can take Iris out. What will the family think when he takes her home after the pub?
    • The Anniversary
      Season 4 - Episode 8
      It's Arthur and Olive's tenth wedding anniversary and Aunt Maud has bought them a puppy as a present.
    • The Ticket Machine
      Season 7 - Episode 3
      Stan spends a week's wages on a girlfriend in one night, only to discover that Olive and Mum have spent 50 pounds themselves, so Jack comes up with a plan for him and Stan to make some extra money.
    • The Prize
      Season 6 - Episode 7
      When the raffle ticket that Stan buys for Mum wins second prize of a holiday for two in Spain, the family are extra nice to her, in an effort to be the one picked to go on holiday with her.
    • Not Tonight
      Season 4 - Episode 13
      When Stella, the shapely new waitress in the canteen, makes a pass at Stan, he's both pleased and surprised.
    • Stan's Uniform
      Season 5 - Episode 10
      When Stan accidentally damages his uniform, he puts in a request for a new one. When he shows the new uniform to his family, it comes into contact with Arthur's newly painted chair. Stan and Jack then have to get the uniform cleaned before anyone notices the paint.
    • The Epidemic
      Season 5 - Episode 5
      There's a flu epidemic at the depot and as Stan and Jack are getting extra overtime, they are determined to stay healthy.
    • The Busmen's Ball
      Season 5 - Episode 6
      It's time for the annual Busman's Ball. Stan and Jack persuade the management to book a stripper instead of the usual magician for the cabaret, while Olive is busy altering her posh frock for the night.
    • The Nursery
      Season 5 - Episode 1
      The management at the depot has decided to open a staff nursery to enable the clippies to return to work. Stan and Arthur both agree that it would be a good idea if Olive took a job as a part time nurse's assistant. Everything seems to be going smoothly until an accident involving Olive's glasses leaves Stan and Jack looking after the babies!moreless
    • Friends In High Places
      Season 7 - Episode 12
      When Mrs Butler goes for a job at the depot's canteen, she is interviewed by an old boyfriend Mr Simpson, who is one of the area managers. After she gets the job, Jack and Olive try to use Mum's influence with Mr Simpson to try and get one over on Blakey.moreless
    • The Allowance
      Season 7 - Episode 11
      There's a new clippie at the depot, the militant Jessie. Outraged that the female clippies have to pay to use the public conveniences, while the male staff don't, she lobbies the management for an allowance to cover the cost.
    • Mum's Last Fling
      Season 3 - Episode 7
      Mum gets a new boyfriend and starts to go out a lot, leaving the family to fend for themselves.
    • Nowhere to Go
      Season 4 - Episode 1
      Stan tries to get the rest of the family out of the house so that he can spend some time alone with Suzy the clippie.
    • Stan's Room
      Season 5 - Episode 2
      Fed up with being unable to take his girlfriends home, Stan decides to rent a room at Blakey's.Unfortunately for Stan, Blakey makes it clear that he will not tolerate Stan's girlfriends either! Not to be put off, Stan devises a way to sneak his girlfriend Doreen, up to his room.
    • The Strain
      Season 5 - Episode 11
      Stan strains his back while trying to impress Doreen the clippie. Forced to wear a corset he finds it difficult to do his job. And can he still go on a date with Doreen?
    • The Early Shift
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      A disagreement between Blakey and Stan, over Stan's attempt to warm himself up with the bus engine, causes the bus crews go on strike, which leads to major disruption, both at work and at home.
    • The Best Man
      Season 5 - Episode 3
      Stan has been asked to be best man for Bill's wedding to Blakey's niece. However after a boozy stag night, the Butler's have the problem of getting Bill to the altar despite him being the worst for wear!
    • On the Make
      Season 3 - Episode 13
      Edna the clippie has been thrown out of her home by her landlady. Feeling sorry for her, Stan persuades his family to take her in as a lodger. But his intentions are not entirely honourable as he hopes that it means that they might get closer. However, he does not bargain on Edna bringing Coco her great dane along as well!moreless
    • Union Trouble
      Season 6 - Episode 5
      When the management sacks Elsie the canteen lady, Stan stages a one man hunger strike.
    • Gardening Time
      Season 7 - Episode 13
      Blakey and Jack have entered into the depot flower and vegetable competition. The rivalry is fierce as they both try to create the best garden.
    • What The Stars Foretell
      Season 7 - Episode 10
      The Stars make good reading for Mum and Olive. It says romance is in the air, but who will be the unlucky victims?
    • The Football Match
      Season 7 - Episode 5
      The depot's football team look forward to a five pound bonus if they win their match against the Basildon Bashers.
    • No Smoke Without Fire
      Season 6 - Episode 1
      After a carelessly discarded cigarette end causes a fire at the depot, it is decided that all the staff must undergo fire fighting training.