RIP Inspector Blakey

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  1. duncanp

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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-33914037

    I suppose he will be making one last journey on the no. 11 to the Cemetery Gates, with just a one way ticket.
     
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  3. Antman

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    Another legend gone, RIP
     
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    Thats the third legend gone within a couple of weeks, such a shame. Alot of people forget he was also a writer.
     
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    He will be missed, he was a true legend.
     
  6. bb21

    bb21 Forum Staff Staff Member Global Moderator

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    One of the best actors in my opinion.

    RIP
     
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    Great shame to loose him. I was a fan of "On The Buses" and was also a fan of "Last Of The Summer Wine" which I used to watch every week without fail as much as possible.

    He was, of course, also in "Oh Doctor Beeching" which I also liked watching. Anyone with a knowledge of railway signalling would understand if I ended this post by saying: 7-5-5. *

    Dave

    * For anyone unfamiliar with such things: where a railway line has mechanically-operated signalboxes next door to each other if a signalman closes the box for the last time, either until the following day or for good, the sign-off code given to the neighboring boxes on the bells used to communicate with them would be 7-5-5 where a - indicates a short pause.
     
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    Very sad news indeed. A fantastic actor who will be truly missed

    RIP
     
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    I don't think he'd been well for a while. Sad news that he has passed on, but he has left a legacy of laughter. He was a much better actor than many people realised as well.
     
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    I live in Walthamstow, and am currently having to take a replacement bus service from Seven Sisters whilst work is carried out on the Victoria Line.

    We could do with Inspector Blakey at the bus stop in Seven Sisters helping to keep the buses moving by shouting "....get that bus out!!!..."
     
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    RIP - was very saddened to hear this yesterday.

    Love On The Buses, and Last of The Summer Wine.

    An absolute sitcom legend.

    My parting comment? Gotta be the infamous "I 'Ate You Butler!"
     
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    One of the all-time greats. Wasn't expecting to see this on the news yesterday.

    R.I.P
     
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    An excellent actor who came into his own on those kind of sitcom. The way he acted in Oh, Doctor Beeching! when Vera flirted with the eternally miserable signalman Harry was fantastic.
     
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    Could do with an Inspector Blakey on local Stagecoach route, as on Wednesday the 15.40 departed at 15.33 (7-mins early) then yesterday the 15.40 departed at 16.11 (31-mins late).
     
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    To join Stan, Jack and Arthur - only one left now, to the best of my knowledge. is Olive. A fine series, not only for those of us with an interest in the bus world, but definitely of its time.
     
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    Yeah Olive (Anna Karen) is the only main character still alive. She's been in and out of Eastenders as Sal Martin. She is 78.
     
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    RIP Blakey.

    On The Buses was as authentic as any kitchen sink drama of the time, but perhaps overlooked as being a mere TV comedy.
     
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    Having done the LoTSW tour earlier this year, there's a lot of characters who are sadly no longer with us from there too.

    The regeneration of the cast meant it kept getting refreshed and so younger characters (Bill Owen's son for example) were introduced. Peter Sallis would be, I imagine the oldest character still alive - and the only one to appear in every episode.
     
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    Sad news indeed, but a good age.

    I watch many of the older comedies and other shows, such as Sweeney, Minder, Professionals, Heartbeat etc from the late 1960s, 1970s & 1980s which are always being shown on the diggi channels ITV 3 & ITV4, Drama, Yesterday, Dave.

    I think these are much better than much of what is being produced now. Came across another one recently with Dame Thora Hird and Christopher Beeny based in late 1920's rural Yorkshire.

    Where was on the Buses TV & Film shows filmed, was it in North London?
     
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    RPI Blakey.

    Appropriately for this thread, "In Loving Memory"

    Filmed around Elstree and Borehamwood with the depot being the old Eastern National depot at Wood Green.
     
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    In honour I watched a few episodes of "on the buses" last night. Probably some of the funniest programs ive seen in recent times. Modern "comedies" don't come close.
     
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    One of the funniest scenes in my opinion is the one where Blake brought some monkey toys to the on-site nursery.

    On the Buses is one of the only two programmes that I have bought all the DVDs for.
     

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    ITV started showing it again tonight after about a 1-2 month break. I've just noticed it on demand.
     
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