"I hate you Butler!" was the shows most famous catchphrase. Blakey was the man we loved to hate and there was no one Blakey hated more than Stan Butler. Blakey was played by Stephen Lewis. Stephen talks about the 'On The Buses' years and his more recent tv character - 'Smiler' in 'Last Of The Summer Wine'.
"On The Buses wasn't like work at all. It was great fun you know. The scripts were good and it was always worthwhile working on it. It was just easy, something the public knew about - buses. Everyone used to know about buses. We used to film in the street so we were always with the public, not like in a studio. We went to a real bus station in London to work, and London Transport wouldn't have us. They got a letter from London Transport at the beginning of the series saying that they felt it might damage their image. The director framed this letter and hung it in his office. We had to use Eastern National Bus Company (much laughter) which went out of Wood Green.
We had a lot of fun there because they'd had a sort of running strike for three months