The New Statesman (1987–1992)

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In a parody of 1980s Conservatism, Rik Mayall is Alan B'Stard MP, the most machiavellian Tory of them all.

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 Alan B'Stard (28 episodes, 1987-1992)
Michael Troughton ...
 Piers Fletcher-Dervish (26 episodes, 1987-1992)
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 Sarah B'Stard (22 episodes, 1987-1992)
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Tells the adventures of Conservative MP Alan B'Stard, a man who doesn't have any morals at all. He stops at nothing to make himself richer and more powerful in the party and is involved in drugs, adult films, fraud (making up charities with the initials C.A.S.H when writing on cheques) and even murder but believes that he will never be caught as he is a Conservative MP and therefore all powerful. He has almost complete power over another MP - Piers Fletcher-Dervish who is nearly completely brainless. His wife Sarah B'Stard has very loose morals (both of them have affairs mostly every day) and has hated her husband from five minutes after they got married and tries to use Alan to get anything she wants. Each episode contains recent news items and Alan moves with the times with things like the end of the cold war, the Nazi hunt in the late 80's as well as the Animal Freedom Party. Keeping up with the huge amount of cash, Alan moves (in the 4th season) to the European Union to continue ... Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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[Alan's Mother has turned up, dressed as a tramp, and asking to live with him and Sarah]
Alan: Alright, Mother, you can stay. You can live with us till the day you die, or next Sunday, whichever's soonest.
Alan's Mother: Did you hear that? Veiled threats, Sir Piers! I'm frightened to go home with him now, in case he murders me.
Piers: Oh, surely not!
Alan's Mother: He tried before, when he was seven.
Alan: I told the police at the time, I left that roller skate at the top of the stairs by accident.
Alan's Mother: What about the bath of acid at the bottom of ...
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Brilliant but Evil
4 May 1999 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

I used to watch this years ago in Australia... It started out airing at 11:30 pm but was moved to some crazy time like four in the morning because it was so controversial. It's a nastily accurate skewering of a Thatcher-ite backbencher more evil than Satan himself. If you ever get a chance to see it, do!


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