The New Statesman (1987–1992)

TV Series  -   -  Comedy
7.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.9/10 from 1,116 users  
Reviews: 14 user

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

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 21 titles
created 05 Jun 2012
 
a list of 48 titles
created 10 Oct 2012
 
a list of 32 titles
created 12 Jan 2013
 
a list of 43 titles
created 10 Apr 2013
 
a list of 44 titles
created 15 Apr 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "The New Statesman" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The New Statesman (1987–1992)

The New Statesman (1987–1992) on IMDb 7.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The New Statesman.

User Polls

Season:

4 | 3 | 2 | 1 | unknown

Year:

1994 | 1992 | 1991 | 1990 | 1989 | 1988 | 1987
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Alan B'Stard (28 episodes, 1987-1992)
Michael Troughton ...
 Piers Fletcher-Dervish (26 episodes, 1987-1992)
...
 Sarah B'Stard (22 episodes, 1987-1992)
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

13 September 1987 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

The New Statesman  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(26 episodes) | (1 episode)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

[Piers is helping Alan's mother with the washing up]
Piers: Don't worry, Mrs B'stard, he *is* in the Royal Navy. He must be used to getting cream down his trousers.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Comic Relief: Behind the Nose (1992) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
"The New Statesman" is a wonderfully corrupt creation from two men known previously only for their 'nice' comedy...
11 May 2002 | by (Oldham, Gtr Manchester, England.) – See all my reviews

I'm referring in the above summary to horribly bland and safe output like "Birds of a Feather". Thankfully, this is the polar opposite of such nauseous bonding, and shows us that these two guys CAN write terrifically insightful and acerbic comedy if they pull their finger out.

Ably assisting them is the often sublime Rik Mayall, here ditching the over-the-top lunatic quality that made him famous, in favour of a more insiduously subtle style, and boy is it hilarious! There are also some fantastically observed secondary characters present too; but there's no doubt about it, Alan is the star of the show, and he's gleefully nasty.

A comedy series that arrived in the UK at just the right time to skewer Thatcher's horrendously selfish government, this is often uproariously funny. A great and sadly underappreciated half-hour, with loads more 'bite' and 'bile' than many of its contemporaries or contenders.


13 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Funniest moment varsania
The Statesman to Return! krys666
Sexy B'Stard! aqua100
Rik is such a brilliant actor! JK21
Blackadder/B'stard Zlactoc
The New Statesman DVD? jennie-58
Discuss The New Statesman (1987) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page