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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Series cast summary:
 Alan B'Stard / ... (29 episodes, 1987-1994)
 Piers Fletcher-Dervish (26 episodes, 1987-1992)
 Sarah B'Stard (21 episodes, 1987-1992)


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 <>

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Release Date:

13 September 1987 (UK)  »

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Alan's Mother: Dinner went rather well, I thought.
Alan B'Stard: Rather well? You poured an entire bottle of champagne down Fergie's cleavage!
Alan's Mother: There was room for it.
Alan B'Stard: And then you started to cut your toenails with the *grape* scissors!
Alan's Mother: Do you think anybody noticed?
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One of the two great British comedies
10 January 2002 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

The New Statesman and Black Adder.

Two brilliant pieces of work everybody should see.

(Btw. Rik Mayall stars in both of those series. He's Lord Flashheart in Bladders)

New Statesman sometimes seems to me as if it is Black Adder 5: Present Politics... (or something like that)

It's distinguished, utterly funny and just GOOD.

Go, buy it, see it.

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