All change, this ride terminates
Starring Reg Varney, Bob Grant, Doris Hare, Stephen Lewis, Michael Robbins and Anna Karen, On The Buses regularly attracted the kind of ratings TV executives only dream of these days in the multi-channel age.
As a result, Hammer Films signed the cast for three 90-minute feature films.
Titled On The Buses, Mutiny On The Buses and Holiday On The Buses, the trio were made and recorded at Elstree between 1971 and 1973, with location work taking place in and around Borehamwood.
Although a real bus station was used for the exteriors in the TV version, it was actually Stage 5 at Elstree that was used as the depot in all three films.
Sadly, Stage 5 was one of six demolished in the early Nineties. Today a Tesco supermarket is situated on the land.
Ironically, buses do now ferry real passengers to and from this site.
As a huge fan of the On The Buses film series, it is always a pleasure for me to walk up to the studios along Shenley Road on my visits to the town. This was one of the roads featured heavily as a location in the first two films.
If you watch the films, you can easily pick out which parts of the road were used.
Malden Road is where the house used as Stan Butler's home is located.
The laundrette featured in the first of the films is still situated in Manor Way, and Drayton Road is where the house is located that was used as Turnaround Betty's home.
Cast members Bob Grant, Doris Hare and Michael Robbins are sadly gone, but the films are still there for all to watch and enjoy in repeat TV screenings and on DVD.
So there you have it, the studios to date, but as they are constantly busy and have new film and TV productions taking to the stages all the time, the story continues.
Personally I would like to see the old back lot area built for The Shining used once again. Any remaining land could have a street exterior set built for filming or photo shoots.
Ultimately, like many other people, I want to see expansion to Elstree Studios wherever possible.
A new museum or visitors' centre should be built, which would be ideal for audiences visiting shows such as Big Brother, Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Dancing On Ice.
People could learn more about the studios and buy DVDs of productions made there.
I hope Elstree Film Studios will continue to thrive. I certainly continue to feel proud and privileged when I make visits and meet members of the team who now run the site.
As I reach the end of my series looking back at the history of the studios, I must thank the following people for their contributions:
Morris Bright, Laura Palmer, Gary Morecambe, Harry Fielder, Bryan Forbes, Greg Smith, Robin Askwith, Dave Prowse, Neville Reid, Wendy Richard, John Shepherd, Paul Welsh, Liz and Chris Clarke, John Herron at Canal+ Image UK, and you, the readers, for taking the time to share my passion for Elstree Film Studios.