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"The New Statesman" Live from Westminster (1989)

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In the future, every B'stard will be famous for 15 minutes

Author: ShadeGrenade from Ambrosia
29 November 2010

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Televised Parliament seems to have been with us forever, but in 1989 it was still some years in the future. As soon as the cameras start rolling, Alan takes advantage of the situation by promoting his business interests. As a result he becomes incredibly famous and soon pubescent girls galore are screaming for his autograph. But then trouble strikes - Sarah sells the sordid details of their marriage to The Daily Mirror...

The game-show Alan guests on features Roger Kitter, whom if my memory serves me correctly was an impressionist on 'Who Do You Do?' back in the '70's ( he did a blindingly good Ken Dodd ) and later replaced Gavin Richards as the bottom-pinching Italian officer in 'Allo Allo'.

The late Erick Ray Evans - one of Sarah's lovers - had appeared two years before in the cult B.B.C. sci-fi drama 'Star Cops'. Another late performer, Charmian May, a.k.a. the 'game show producer', was 'Miss Pershore' in the first season of 'The Fall & Rise Of Reginald Perrin'.

Funniest moment - Alan, waiting at traffic lights, spots a billboard promoting Sarah's memoirs. Suddenly her picture comes to life and gives him a V-sign!

Second funniest moment - Piers trying to re-inflate the 'Alan B'stard' doll. Each time he blows into it, the thing shoots upright! In walks Sir Stephen, who exclaims: "Piers! Stop that at once! This is not the Liberal Party!".

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