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Alan B’Stard: 'When Rik Mayall died, we thought the idea died with him'

5 May 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The creators of The New Statesman on how B’Stard was a Tory ‘hero’ and why they’re bringing back the show for the satire-starved post-truth era

Satire can sometimes end up strengthening the people it’s supposed to be smashing. Sarah Palin only took on her full iconic form under Tina Fey’s truthy parody. Tory MP Norman Tebbit drew glamour from his truncheon-wielding bovver-boy Spitting Image caricature. Harry Enfield’s Loadsamoney quickly became a Sun-endorsed fanfare for the common man rather than a biting grotesque. To which list you could easily add Rik Mayall as Sir Alan Beresford B’Stard MP.

From 1987 to 1992, ITV’s unhinged sitcom The New Statesman centred on the scheming of B’Stard, a Conservative MP who revelled in every “greed is good” and “Tory sleaze” cliche of the time. The tale of a shameless, shagaholic money-grubber, the show began with B’Stard nobbling »

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‘New Statesman’ Creators Crafting ‘The B’Stard Legacy’; Venice Fest Sets Vr Competition – Global Briefs

29 March 2017 6:42 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Longtime writing partners Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran (Birds Of A Feather) are developing a new version of classic British comedy The New Statesman. The original starred the late Rik Mayall as pompous politician Alan B'Stard, and ran on ITV from 1987-1992. A satire of the Conservative government, the show won the Best Comedy Series BAFTA in 1991. Marks and Gran's LocomoTV is working with Richard Johns and Rupert Jermyn's Corona TV to develop The B'Stard Legacy which… »

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‘New Statesman’ Creators Crafting ‘The B’Stard Legacy’; Venice Fest Sets Vr Competition – Global Briefs

29 March 2017 6:42 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Longtime writing partners Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran (Birds Of A Feather) are developing a new version of classic British comedy The New Statesman. The original starred the late Rik Mayall as pompous politician Alan B'Stard, and ran on ITV from 1987-1992. A satire of the Conservative government, the show won the Best Comedy Series BAFTA in 1991. Marks and Gran's LocomoTV is working with Richard Johns and Rupert Jermyn's Corona TV to develop The B'Stard Legacy which… »

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'Such freedom is unthinkable today' – my life making television with John Berger

6 January 2017 8:47 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Mike Dibb had been moved by John Berger’s writing since he was a teen. Then a chance meeting led the two to make seminal TV show Ways of Seeing together – and change the way the whole world saw

John Berger is the only writer to have accompanied me throughout the whole of my adult life, first as an east Yorkshire teenage reader, much later as a friend and close collaborator on various films for television, starting with Ways of Seeing.

Somehow – I must have been 17 – I discovered his art column in The New Statesman at the very moment when I was becoming more interested in drawing, painting and literature than the science subjects I was formally studying for my A levels. There was something in the way John wrote that immediately touched me, and made the making of art matter. In simple and beautifully cadenced sentences, he connected what »

- Mike Dibb

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