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Ideal for the comedy fan in your family - or treat yourself!,
This review is from: I 'Ate You Butler! - The Making of On the Buses: Behind the Scenes of Britain's Favourite Sitcom (Flexibound)
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!