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.

Series 1

1. Happiness Is A Warm Gun

First broadcast: Sunday 13th September 1987

Following his comfortable election to the House, Alan is forced to help the police become armed - and in turn make a fortune from gun sales.


2. Passport To Freedom

First broadcast: Sunday 20th September 1987

Fearing that his wife is set to divorce him, which would almost certainly result in the loss of his constituency, Alan sets about ruining any chance she has of independent financial stability...


3. Sex Is Wrong

First broadcast: Sunday 27th September 1987

Alan discovers that forgoing his own beliefs for a moment and joining a moral crusade can be rather profitable indeed.


4. Waste Not, Want Not

First broadcast: Sunday 4th October 1987

Years after first hiding it, Alan is forced to move a stash of nuclear waste that the Argentinians paid him to dump...


5. Friends Of St. James

First broadcast: Sunday 11th October 1987

Upon discovering that his fag from his school days is now President of a small Caribbean island, Alan and Norman concoct the ultimate money-making venture.


6. Three Line Whipping

First broadcast: Sunday 18th October 1987

After failing to vote on a three-line whip matter, and making a fool of himself on breakfast television by not knowing the result of a critical by-election, Alan B'Stard's Parliamentary prospects aren't looking too hopeful...


7. Baa Baa Black Sheep

First broadcast: Sunday 25th October 1987

In desperate hope of impression his constiuency association and saving his seat, Alan sets out to bring a large new development and employer to the area: farm and factory for an American lamb-burger fast food chain.


Comic Relief Special: Alan B'Stard Closes Down The BBC

First broadcast: Friday 5th February 1988

Comic Relief special, starring Celia Imrie as Maggie's secretary, Hilary. Alan talks Mrs Thatcher into closing down the BBC.


Buy Series 1

The New Statesman - The Complete Series

The New Statesman - The Complete Series DVD

Release date: Sunday 1st October 2006

Alan B'Stard (Rik Mayall) appears in his sleazy entirety in this four-disc box set. Immorality is permanent flavour of the month in B'Stard's office, as it seems that the cunning MP cannot sink low enough, nor come up with a plot nasty enough even for his deeply flawed sense of...