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, 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.

Broadcast details

Sunday 13th September 1987
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
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).


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