On The Buses – Christmas Duty – 1970
On The Buses had two Christmas Specials during it’s run. This episode entitled “Christmas Duty” was originally screened as part of series four in December 1970.
This episode is almost fifty years old and today the series enjoys regular repeats on ITV3. In recent years co-writer Ronald Wolfe, died aged 89, from head injuries, sustained during a fall at a care home in London on Sunday 18 December 2011. More recently, in 2015 we lost Stephen Lewis (Inspector Blake)
It’s Christmas time and once again Jack and Stan are in the Inspector’s bad books. This time they’ve used the bus to collect Christmas presents.
When a husband and wife crew report sick, Inspector Blake takes advantage of the situation and has the two men working on Christmas Day.
Meanwhile back at home Mum has cooked a turkey. In order to save Stan walking home Arthur agrees to collect him on his motorbike and sidecar. Unfortunately Arthur has had one too many to be able to drive, so Olive agrees to drive, with Arthur and Mum to supervise. Unfortunately she crashes the bike and when they all get home the fire brigade have been called and the turkey is burnt to a cinder.
Written By: Ronald Wolfe and Ronald Chesney
Original Transmission Date: 25th December 1970