After a successful tour of Australia in 1988 an On The Buses stage play showed there was still keen interest in the show.
Two years later in 1990, rumours began to circulate about a planned revival of the television series, to be called Back On The Buses featuring all the original cast; Reg Varney, Stephen Lewis, Michael Robbins, Doris Hare, Anna Karen and Bob Grant.
However, despite some publicity at the time of its announcement, including an appearance by the cast on the BBC TV chat show: Wogan, Back on the Buses never made it to TV.
The project was to have been backed by STV’s executive producer Bryan Izzard who had produced seven episodes of On the Buses and the final spin-off film Holiday on the Buses. However when funding from STV was not forthcoming the project collapsed.
Although scripts were never written, the proposed new series was to feature Stan and Jack running their own bus company in the newly deregulated market, and coming into conflict with Blakey, who was running a rival firm.