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The New Statesman

Specials 1988 - 1997

  • 1988-02-05T00:00:00Z on ITV
  • 30 mins
  • 2 hours, 0 mins
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Comedy

A British comedy that might be described as a combination of Yes, Minister and Blackadder, this is the story of A. B'Stard, a statesman in the tradition of Genghis Khan, who will stop at nothing to make himself richer and more comfortable. Arguably the most conservative member of the British Parliament, he is aided by a witless colleague, MP Piers Fletcher-Dervish.

4 episodes

Special 1 The New Statesman at Number 10

  • 1988-02-05T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Alan tries to get Margaret Thatcher to disband the BBC.

Special 2 Who Shot Alan B'Stard?

  • 1990-01-14T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Having survived the assassination attempt, Alan starts a campaign to bring back capital punishment.

Special 3 A. B'Stard Exposed

  • 1994-12-30T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Having been re-elected to Parliament from a district in Wales, Alan is interviewed about his plans for the future.

Special 4 Comedy Connections

  • 1997-02-05T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Series charting the history of the best of British comedy looks at Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran's 1980s satirical sitcom The New Statesman, which starred Rik Mayall as unscrupulous Tory MP Alan B'stard. It reveals how the series was sold to ITV by writing a fake Who's Who entry for Alan, and how the team were so determined to make the show as accurate as possible that they enlisted the help of a Tory MP at the time, a certain Michael Portillo.