On the buses

Yesterday I was channel hopping on Freeview and came across ‘On the Buses’ on ITV3. From this site “The series ran from March 1967 to March 1968 and a short special was shown as part of Christmas Night With The Stars on 25th December 1967. 24 episodes of 30 minute duration”.

I felt really old watching it since I can remember it so well. It was in black and white, every scene had at least one, and more often several, of the cast smoking cigarettes. Lots of sexual stereotyping, a female conductor complaining that women “can’t be drivers or Inspectors”. Male/Female banter which today would result in a sexual harrasment claim and thousands of pounds in damages. And, worst of all, drivers drinking beer in the bus station canteen in uniform. The drinking was done after the duty had ended and whilst a darts match was being played but I don’t think that would be much of an excuse today!