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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1994 | 1992 | 1991 | 1990 | 1989 | 1988 | 1987
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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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(26 episodes) | (1 episode)

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Alan: Where do you pick up those five guinea words? Anything over two syllables and you usually have to have a lie down.
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Theatre production
29 April 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A national stage tour started last week (19th April 2006) of the "New Statesman".

He is still Rik Mayall (Alan B'Stard).

Marsha Fitzalan is still his wife, Sarah B'Stard.

He is now a new Labour MP, living at number 9 Downing Street.

In theatres, it is even more outrageous than on television - brilliantly hilarious, but even more gross and shocking.

If you liked the TV series, this is x 10.

Almost every joke is about labour, very little about the Liberals or Conservatives - let alone non-politics. Besides that minor problem, it is fantastic.

The supporting cast are excellent - his old labour assistant, a typically vile Blair spin PR girl, Tony Blair (sort of), and Condoleeza Rice.

P.S. Message to IMDb people - I have no idea which box to put this information on as a correction, there did not appear to be an appropriate category - and it would not let me put it on as an episode.


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