The New Statesman: Season 2, Episode 1

Fatal Extraction (15 Jan. 1989)

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During a television debate Alan B'Stard MP, Member for Haltemprice, falls foul of fellow panelist Georgina Pitt, militant leader of Hackney Council....



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Episode credited cast:
Michael Troughton ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bernard Gallagher ...
Chief Whip
Alan Hardwick ...
Allan Hargreaves ...
Terence Hillyer ...
Suzette Llewellyn ...
Victor Lucas ...
Nick Stringer ...
Bob Crippen


B'stard discovers that thee is oil under Hackney marshes but the land belongs to the borough of Hackney and the only person from whom he can buy it is the borough's black, feminist, Left wing leader Georgina Pitt, with whom he fell out in a televised debate. In order for the borough to pass to the conservatives, giving him the oil rights he devises to plan to get working class Labour voters to support him by promising to waive their poll tax if they surrender their franchise. However Georgina gets wind of the plan, sells the land to herself and retires to a private island though B'stard makes some money by blackmailing the Chief Whip, who is a closet gay. Written by don @ minifie-1

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There's oil in them there marshes!
29 November 2010 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

After a year's break ( aside from a 'Comic Relief' special broadcast on 5/2/88 entitled 'Alan B'Stard Closes Down the B.B.C.' ), 'The New Statesman' returned in 1989, a most interesting time for British politics. Nobody knew it then, but Thatcher's reign was coming to an end. The poll tax had made her massively unpopular with voters ( particularly those in Scotland, where it was implemented first ), and Europe was proving to be a problem for her too. 'Fatal Extraction' begins with Alan appearing on a 'Question Time'-like show where he angers the firebrand black Labour M.P. for Hackney - Georgina Pitt ( Suzette Llewelyn ) - with his extreme views on poor people.

Afterwards, he offers to give her a lift home in his Rolls. He heads for Hackney marshes, and tries to have his wicked way with her. She storms off. He tries to follow, only to fall into a pool of mud. He finds oil in it. The oil under the marshes must be worth millions. The problem is Hackney is a Labour borough. Alan comes up with the idea of taking away the voting rights to non-payers of the poll tax in order to secure a Tory win at the next election...

In 1988, when the Government declared that non-poll tax payers would be struck off the electoral register, I remember shaking my head in disbelief and thinking: "That's it. We're stuck with this lot in power forever.". Fortunately, the tax proved so unpopular they had to scrap it and eventually did.

Funniest moment - Alan's impersonation of a left-wing playwright being ruined when he sees vandals wrecking his Rolls-Royce! Second funniest moment - Georgina getting the better of Alan at the very end!

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