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

The New Statesman (1987)

  • TV sitcom
  • ITV1
  • 1987 - 1994
  • 28 episodes (4 series)

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. Stars Rik Mayall, Michael Troughton, Marsha Fitzalan, Rowena Cooper, John Nettleton and more.

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Series 1, Episode 1 - Happiness Is A Warm Gun

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.

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Broadcast details

Sunday 13th September 1987
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 23rd July 2011 2:30am Gold
Sunday 22nd June 2014 10:30pm ITV1
Friday 2nd January 2015 9:00pm London Live
Saturday 3rd January 2015 10:00pm London Live
Saturday 14th February 2015 9:00pm London Live
Monday 16th February 2015 12:00am London Live
Wednesday 18th February 2015 11:00pm London Live
Friday 27th February 2015 1:00am London Live
Monday 27th July 2015 9:00pm London Live
Wednesday 29th July 2015 12:30am London Live
Monday 14th November 2016 12:45am London Live
Tuesday 15th November 2016 2:20am London Live
Monday 19th December 2016 2:40am London Live
Tuesday 20th December 2016 3:15am London Live
Saturday 24th December 2016 1:45am London Live

Cast & crew

Rik Mayall Alan B'Stard MP
Michael Troughton Piers Fletcher-Dervish MP
Marsha Fitzalan Sarah B'Stard
Rowena Cooper (as R.R. Cooper) Norman Bormann
John Nettleton Sir Stephen Baxter
Guest cast
Nick Stringer Bob Crippen MP
Vivien Heilbron Beatrice Protheroe
Peter Sallis Sidney Bliss
John Woodvine Sir Malachi Jellicoe
John Carlin House of Commons Speaker
Donald Nithsdale Bishop
Alan Starkey Mayor
Brian Horstead Ginsburg
Bernard Alexander House of Commons Policeman
David F. Betts Policeman 1
Charlie Burman Policeman 2
David Edward Sutch (as Screaming Lord Sutch) Self
Writing team
Laurence Marks Writer
Maurice Gran Writer
Production team
Geoffrey Sax Director
David Reynolds Producer
Stuart Quarmby Editor
Bryce Clayton Editor
Roger Andrews Production Designer
Alan Hawkshaw Composer


The New Statesman Election

Alan B'Stard gets elected to parliament in rather dubious circumstances.

Featuring: Rik Mayall (Alan B'Stard MP).


The Re-Evaluation Game: The New Statesman episode 1

It's surprising (and questionably depressing) how relevant this particular episode still is given the corruption in politics and the way deals are made with politicians friends and associates.

Alex Finch, Comedy To Watch, 3rd December 2020

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