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The Early Shift
Series 01, Episode 01
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Air Date 28th February 1969
Length 30 minutes
Previous None (First)
Next The New Conductor

The Early Shift was the first episode of Series One of the show and was first aired on the 28th February 1969.


New work schedules at the Bus Company cause trouble. Stan and Jack are deprived of the use of canteen facilities and Jack (as Shop Steward) calls a lightning strike.

As the work grinds to a halt the Butler family feel the full effect but Stan feels quietly happy. This is to change as he is called in for early shift duty - however, a TV crew arrive at the depot to offer the strike some badly-needed publicity. It is a battle of management versus busmen but who will be the first to crack?


'To be added'


  • Fraser Kerr as T.V. Interviewer
  • Rudolph Walker as George
  • John M. East
  • Kevin Moore as T.V. Newsman
  • Michael Slater as T.V. Newsman