I 'Ate You Butler! - The Making of On the Buses: Behind the Scenes of Britain's Favourite Sitcom

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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. --Onthebuses.net (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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