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The New Statesman. Alan B'Stard MP (Rik Mayall). Image credit: Yorkshire Television.

The New Statesman

Sitcom parody of 1980s Conservatism. Tory MP Alan B'Stard holds the largest majority in the House: his interests are money, power, sex, and himself

Genre:
Sitcom
Broadcast:
1987 - 1994  (ITV)
Episodes:
29 (4 series)
Starring:
Rik Mayall, Michael Troughton, Marsha Fitzalan, Rowena Cooper, John Nettleton, Terence Alexander, Victor Lucas, Berwick Kaler
Writers:
Laurence Marks, Maurice Gran
Production:
Yorkshire Television
& Alomo Productions

Yorkshire MP Alan B'Stard has the largest majority in the House of Commons, and an ego to match. He's vulgar, often dimwitted, sexually incompetent, uncaring, ruthless and generally loathsome all-round: a perfect combination for a public figure on the brink of power.

Aside from the regular abuse and ritual humiliation of fellow Conservative MP Sir Piers Fletcher-Dervish - a wholly childlike, effeminate man - Alan's primary concerns and interests are himself, the acquisition of wealth, himself, women, increasing his power and influence, and himself.