The New Statesman. Alan B'Stard MP (Rik Mayall). Copyright: Alomo Productions / Yorkshire Television.

The New Statesman (1987)

ITV sitcom about a ruthless politician. 28 episodes (4 series), 1987 - 1994. Stars Rik Mayall, Michael Troughton, Marsha Fitzalan, Rowena Cooper and others.

The New Statesman. Alan B'Stard MP (Rik Mayall). Copyright: Alomo Productions / 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
Channel
ITV
Episodes
28   (4 series), plus 1 Comic Relief special
Creators
Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran
Starring
Rik Mayall, Michael Troughton, Marsha Fitzalan, Rowena Cooper, John Nettleton, Terence Alexander, Victor Lucas and Berwick Kaler
Writers
Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran
Directors
Geoffrey Sax and Graeme Harper
Producers
Tony Charles, Andrew Benson, Bernard McKenna, David Reynolds, John Bartlett and Michael Pilsworth

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.

Production Details

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Soundtrack
The theme tune is Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky.
Laugh track
Live audience

Location

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Sunday 13th September 1987 on ITV at 10pm
Last new broadcast
Friday 30th December 1994 on BBC One at 10:10pm
Last repeat
Saturday 24th December 2016 at 1:45am on London Live

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