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I 'Ate You Butler - The Making of On the Buses [Kindle Edition]

Tex Fisher
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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NEW AND IMPROVED FOR KINDLE. 15/5/12 This new version with full formatting replaces our previous Kindle release, which had been reported to suffer poor layout. This new version is the best digital edition.

For over forty years, On the Buses has been a much loved institution of British television comedy. But despite the loyal and dedicated fan base the series generated, the story of how programme developed have never yet been told. Now, for the first time, series creators Ronald Wolfe and Ronald Chesney have spoken at length about their brainchild. Revealing how the idea for On the Buses came into being, providing a wealth of fascinating detail on casting, the development of the programme, and behind the scenes incidents. Making a bold entrance through the depot doors, 'I 'Ate you Butler - The Making of On the Buses' also features a plethora of memories and anecdotes from lead actress Anna Karen (Olive), as well as many support cast (including Kate Williams, Ursula Mohan, Glenn Whitter and Patricia Clapton), series directors, production designers and studio crew. Coupled with extracts from Reg Varney's diaries, and never-before-seen photographs, the book lifts the lid what life was really like on board the legendary Number 11, taking in the sights of Luxton and revealing; cast feuds, the global legacy of the show, and why Anna Karen can never look a pickled onion in the face again. Hop on board and hold tight for the inside story, as the wheels turn once more for Britain's best loved comedy.

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[Tex] knows more about On the Buses than we do, and we wrote the bloody thing! --Ronald Wolfe and Ronald Chesney (Series Creators/Writers)

What a labour of love! I have just finished reading the book, and read right through without a break, which is unusual for me. I really, really enjoyed it. Fascinating information as well as being fun! Tex should feel very proud indeed. Great! --Ursula Mohan (Actress - On the Buses)

There will be a lot of happy people out there once this book is released. The author has somehow managed to find and interview people we assumed had left the business years ago, there are some brilliant new pictures, juicy anecdotes, and the majority of the information in it is new to even us (And thats saying something!) Absolutely 100% the best comedy reference book I have read in many years. (On the Buses Appreciation Society)

From the Publisher

We are delighted to be releasing a book about that iconic series On the Buses, which still to this day is gaining new fans around the world. Its incredible to think that something which started 42 years ago is still going so strong, and this book is the ideal celebration of such an impressive programme. We are very pleased to be adding such an enjoyable read to our catalogue of books.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1841 KB
  • Print Length: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Deck Chair Publishing; UPDATED KINDLE edition (27 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #89,342 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Tex Fisher was born in London. His first book, 'Man About the House - George and Mildred : The Definitive Companion' was very well received with readers, and even made an appearance on national television as part of Brian Murphy's 'Celebrity Cash in the Attic'. Fisher's second book, 'I 'Ate You Butler - The Making of On the Buses', which was released a year later in September 2011, has already surpassed it's predecessor with pre-orders and is set to be the ultimate tome reference for what remain's one of the UK's most popular sitcoms of all time.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this 15 Jun. 2013
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Quite surprised by the mixed reception this has received. Given that this is for a niche audience I thought it would favourably looked upon, and having read it I can say it is a hugely enjoyable read. Not overly detailed to the point of fanatical, this strikes a nice balance for the fanboy wants to learn more. The only pointless bits were the extracts of Reg's diaries which are dull to say the least! Worth a read though
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
I started watching "On The Buses" in the early 70s - I'm not old enough to have seen the early black and white episodes, well not the first time round anyway. Reading this book brings back fond memories of the show which is one of my favourite sitcoms.

Tex Fisher has done a remarkable job compiling what will undoubtedly became the standard work on the show. He has in-depth biographies of the cast as well as a total episode guide with the exact dates of broadcast, which shows how much research he has done. How many so-called authoritative books have you seen where the author lazily lists only the year the show was aired? Fisher also has included features on the three spin-off films plus the little-known American version of the show "Lotsa Luck".

He has tracked down and interviewed nearly all the surviving members of the cast and crew apart from Stephen Lewis who apparently has become something of a recluse in his latter years. Still, there are enough stories about him from Fisher's interviewees to more than make up for this lacuna. Who would have thought that Reg Varney, the star of the show, was jealous of Lewis but he was and here Fisher explains why. You'll have to buy the book to find out the reason and the identity of the other cast member that Lewis clashed with.

The only thing I 'ate about this book is that I didn't write it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book 17 Nov. 2011
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A great book well writen which gives you much information on the series and the stars of On The Buses, tells you in full all the ins and outs, well worth it,
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Read 7 Jan. 2013
By C. Hay
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This started off well however did get a bit tedious in places.Some of the information about specific vehicles used would have been more appropriately placed at the end of the book.The chapter dealing with the 74 episodes was overdone and became a cross between a story and a reference book.Each show synopsis didn't feel complete and gave the impression that each one had simply been extracted from the TV Times.I found the Chortle rating a bit infantile however it was interesting to read the recollections of the cast and clearly this is a very well researched book and possibly a labor of love.This is definitely a book to read if you have any interest in the series and movies.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I ate you butler 19 Jan. 2013
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A well written and informative look back at the best seventies sit com ever. This book tells why and how on the buses came about,then has a "what happened to the cast after they left".
Brilliant...definitely a must read for the fourty somethings out there.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The bus u want to catch 17 Jan. 2013
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Great book.very informative. Highly recommended. Full of information that was surprising but also informative. I Will be reading the book again in the near future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really enjoyable read 20 Jun. 2014
By David
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I've always been a fan of On The Buses from the age of 9 when it was first shown. Having recently got the box set of episodes I am working my way through them and enjoying each and every episode.

This is an excellent book on the making of. It opened my eyes about the actors. Fascinating titbits of information. It will make watching the shows even more enjoyable now.

The Kindle version needs to be carefully edited. There are many typo mistakes in there which I can only imagine came when the publishers converted the book to the Kindle format. These faults however do not detract from a fascinating and very infesting read.

I have already recommended this book to friends.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars off the kindle screen 16 Nov. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
this is a review for the kindle edition only

the kindle edition is terrible , words not spelt corectly.
sub chapters dropped halfway into the middle of words ,the index at the front is all over the place . words such as episode split epi-sode.

terrible , ive given up trying to read it
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I 'Ate you Butler, The making of On the Buses.
Perfect, thank you.

The reason I have not rated "On the Buses: The complete story", is I have NOT received it yet! Read more
Published 1 month ago by MICHAEL HORSINGTON
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read.
A must for On the Buses Fans. Plenty of behind the scenes info. A very enjoyable read, i even joined the Fan Club.
Published 3 months ago by Tony Moogan
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Funny as ever
Published 5 months ago by David Sullivan
4.0 out of 5 stars who is a great fan of the series
I was asked to obtain it for a friend of mine, who is a great fan of the series.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great item fast service
Published 7 months ago by stephen jordan
3.0 out of 5 stars Looks like it was written on a (moving) bus!
While the content was quite interesting, my enjoyment was continually spoilt by schoolboy grammatical mistakes. One can only assume that this book was never proofread. Read more
Published 11 months ago by G. B. Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Husband
Got this for my husband he really enjoyed it, as we used to watch the programme back in the day.
Published 20 months ago by Bejam
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD BOOK
This is a very good book, well researched and tells you so much about the show you never knew and could only find from this book
Published 23 months ago by J Mckenna
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book, well researched and made me laugh several times.
I liked this book and it took me back 40 years to when I was a young(ish) lad. The only other TV programme that I can recall following with such passion in the early 70's was... Read more
Published on 19 April 2013 by Davecg99
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor
Read the first few chapters and gave up. This book is really for enthusiasts who like to see every episode detailed. Not for me.
Published on 7 Mar. 2013 by phillip john walters
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