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 2 - Passport To Freedom

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...

Broadcast details

Sunday 20th September 1987
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 10th July 2011 2:35am Gold
Saturday 3rd January 2015 9:00pm London Live
Saturday 14th February 2015 9:30pm London Live
Monday 16th February 2015 12:30am London Live
Wednesday 18th February 2015 11:30pm London Live
Friday 27th February 2015 1:30am London Live
Monday 27th July 2015 9:30pm London Live
Wednesday 29th July 2015 1:05am London Live
Monday 14th November 2016 1:15am London Live
Wednesday 16th November 2016 2:15am London Live
Monday 19th December 2016 3:10am London Live
Wednesday 21st December 2016 1:30am London Live
Saturday 24th December 2016 2:15am 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
Guest cast
Nick Stringer Bob Crippen MP
Vivien Heilbron Beatrice Protheroe
John Carlin House of Commons Speaker
Serena Gordon Victoria
Brigitte Kahn Ground Hostess
David Simeon P.C. Austin
Geoff Oldham Conservative Minister
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

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