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The New Statesman

All Episodes 1988 - 1992

  • Ended
  • ITV
  • 1987-09-01T00:00:00Z
  • 30 mins
  • 10 hours, 46 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.

30 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.

1x01 Happiness is a Warm Gun

  • Series Premiere

    1987-09-12T23:00:00Z — 26 mins

Alan is blackmailed into passing a bill arming the police.

1x02 Passport to Freedom

  • 1987-09-19T23:00:00Z — 25 mins

Alan tries to ruin a company of which Sarah has just inherited shares.

1x03 Sex Is Wrong

  • 1987-09-26T23:00:00Z — 25 mins

Alan impersonates Sir Steven, leader of the Campaign for Moral Regeneration.

1x04 Waste Not, Want Not

  • 1987-10-03T23:00:00Z — 25 mins

Alan secretly has to move 1000 gallons of toxic waste.

1x05 Friends of St. James

  • 1987-10-10T23:00:00Z — 24 mins

Alan tries to get investors for a Caribbean bank.

1x06 Three Line Whipping

  • 1987-10-17T23:00:00Z — 25 mins

Alan misses an important vote then appears on TV AM without knowing the result.

1x07 Baa Baa Black Sheep

  • 1987-10-24T23:00:00Z — 25 mins

Alan's tries to get an American businessman to build a fast food factory in Haltemprice.

2x01 Fatal Extraction

  • Season Premiere

    1989-01-15T00:00:00Z — 25 mins

Alan finds oil on public lands then tries to buy it from a Labour Party leader.

2x02 Live from Westminster

  • 1989-01-22T00:00:00Z — 25 mins

Televised debates turns Alan into a media superstar

2x03 A Wapping Conspiracy

  • 1989-01-29T00:00:00Z — 24 mins

Alan is accused of fraternizing with teenaged girls.

2x04 The Haltemprice Bunker

  • 1989-02-05T00:00:00Z — 25 mins

Alan needs publicity so he annonunces that he has found a Nazi.

2x05 California Here I Come

  • 1989-02-12T00:00:00Z — 25 mins

Alan tries to sell a sitcom to an American producer, but Piers has to bail Alan out of jail first.

2x06 May the Best Man Win

  • 1989-02-19T00:00:00Z — 24 mins

Alan tries to sabotage Piers' wedding.

2x07 Piers of the Realm

  • 1989-02-26T00:00:00Z — 25 mins

Alan files for divorce. Piers gets promoted.

3x01 Labour of Love

  • Season Premiere

    1991-01-06T00:00:00Z — 25 mins

A new MP threatens Alan's status as the most right-wing member of Commons.

3x02 The Party's Over

  • 1991-01-13T00:00:00Z — 25 mins

Alan tries to help the Labour party win the next election so he can blame them for the impending oil shortage.

3x03 Let Them Sniff Cake

  • 1991-01-20T00:00:00Z — 24 mins

Alan upsets animal rights activists. A old friend wants a birthday ""cake"" from Alan.

3x04 Keeping Mum

  • 1991-01-27T00:00:00Z — 24 mins

Alan's mum visits and threatens to stay forever unless Alan repeals his new bill abolishing social security.

3x05 Natural Selection

  • 1991-02-04T00:00:00Z — 25 mins

At his annual cocktail party, Alan upsets a local VIP who threatens to take over his seat in the House.

3x06 Profit of Boom

  • 1991-02-11T00:00:00Z — 24 mins

MI5 and the KGB ask Alan to start a new cold war because they no longer have anyone to spy on.

4x01 Back from the Mort

  • Season Premiere

    1992-11-22T00:00:00Z — 26 mins

Having survived imprisonment at hard labour in a Russian gulag, Alan attempts a return to politics by joining the European Parliament as representative from an obscure part of East Germany.

4x02 H*A*S*H

  • 1992-11-29T00:00:00Z — 25 mins

Alan is worried that European drug lords may interfere with his attempt to make a profit from the forthcoming legalization of marijuana.

4x03 Speaking in Tongues

  • 1992-12-06T00:00:00Z — 25 mins

Alan schemes to make some illicit profits from the translators who work for the EC.

4x04 Heil and Farewell

  • 1992-12-13T00:00:00Z — 25 mins

Alan tries to take over leadership of a neo-Nazi organization.

4x05 A Bigger Splash

  • 1992-12-20T00:00:00Z — 25 mins

Alan tries to become a war profiteer by arranging shipments of aid to Bosnia.

With his fortunes falling in Europe, Alan tries to get himself appointed to a government post back in England.