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'Blakey' From TV Sitcom On The Buses Dies'

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Post by sharonl on 13.08.15 23:25

'Blakey' From TV Sitcom On The Buses Dies'

Stephen Lewis played an inspector who had a distinctive toothbrush moustache and used the catchphrase "I 'ate you Butler".
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Stephen Lewis who played "Blakey" in the hit TV sitcom On the Buses, has died aged 88.

The star died peacefully in the Cambridge Nursing Home, in Wanstead, east London, and was "in high spirits" right until the end, said his niece Rebecca Lewis.
"He was always singing and joking. We just want people to remember him," she said, adding he had been in the care home for about three years.
Lewis was best-known for his role as Inspector Cyril Blake in On the Buses, which ran for seven series from 1969 to 1973 on ITV.
There were also three spin-off films - On the Buses (1971), Mutiny on the Buses (1972) and Holiday on the Buses (1973).
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"He was always singing and joking. We just want people to remember him," Ms Lewis said, adding he had been in the care home for about three years
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Actor Stephen Lewis, who played Blakey in the hit TV sitcom On the Buses, has died aged 88
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Lewis was best known for his role as Inspector Cyril Blake on the ITV show, which ran for seven series from 1969 to 1973
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His character had a distinctive toothbrush moustache and used the catchphrase "I 'ate you Butler". Blakey was the bane of bus driver Stan Butler, checking up on him and conductor Jack Harper
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The star died peacefully at a nursing home in Wanstead, London, and was "in high spirits" right until the end, said his niece Rebecca Lewis
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"He was always singing and joking. We just want people to remember him," Ms Lewis said, adding he had been in the care home for about three years
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Gallery: In Pictures: On The Buses Star Stephen Lewis
Actor Stephen Lewis, who played Blakey in the hit TV sitcom On the Buses, has died aged 88
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His character had a distinctive toothbrush moustache and used the catchphrase "I 'ate you Butler".
Blakey was the bane of bus driver Stan Butler's life, checking up on him and conductor Jack Harper and often threatening them with being fired for lateness.
Lewis, who was born in Poplar, east London, also starred in Last Of The Summer Wine, where he played "Smiler" Hemingway.
Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp wrote on Twitter: "RIP Stephen Lewis ... So pleased we worked together on The Krays. My thoughts are with your family and friends!"
Gary Kemp tweeted that Lewis was "a big part of my childhood and a gentleman to work with".
The actor's nephew, Peter Lewis, said: "He had terrible arthritis in one knee which really badly affected him, and many years ago he had prostate cancer - and whether that had come back we don't know."
Mr Lewis added: "I'll remember him as being a funny man."
He said his uncle's health had gradually declined over the past few years, but revealed he died "quite peacefully".
Mr Lewis said his 84-year-old mother Connie - Stephen's sister - was in the same care home.
"They looked after each other," he said.

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Post by Get'emGonçalo on 14.08.15 8:20

RIP Stephen

But I'm afraid I hated that character.

In fact I hated ALL the characters in that sitcom.

In fact I hated the show full stop!

Thank goodness 'Only Fools and Horses' came along.



What other sitcoms do members here like?

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Post by aquila on 14.08.15 8:37

@Get'emGonçalo wrote:RIP Stephen

But I'm afraid I hated that character.

In fact I hated ALL the characters in that sitcom.

In fact I hated the show full stop!

Thank goodness 'Only Fools and Horses' came along.



What other sitcoms do members here like?
RIP Stephen.

I couldn't stand On the Buses either.

Bless this House was another one I didn't like.

Terry & June...aaarrrggghhhh (even at the time).

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I loved The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin.

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Post by Dawn French Fan :) on 14.08.15 8:46

Vicar of Dibley was a favorite of mine.

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Post by comperedna on 14.08.15 9:57

'Dinner Ladies' was hilarious  - a complete delight.

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Post by aquila on 14.08.15 10:07

@comperedna wrote:'Dinner Ladies' was hilarious  - a complete delight.
I love that sitcom.

The entire comedy is available on YouTube.

Here is a link to series 1 episode 1.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itOWKJ957zA&list=PL55DF7FF48CA4C2F2

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Post by aquila on 14.08.15 10:22

Last of the Summer Wine.

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Post by comperedna on 14.08.15 12:07

I enjoyed that too... and Dad's Army

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Post by angie o'plasty on 14.08.15 13:37

I cringe when I watch old On The Buses. Was it ever considered funny?

Even worse was Love Thy Neighbour.


Loved Rising Damp though.

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