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 - Alan B'Stard Closes Down The BBC

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


This short, produced by Yorkshire Television for the BBC, is also known as Alan B'Stard At No. 10.

Broadcast details

Friday 5th February 1988
13 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Rik Mayall Alan B'Stard MP
Guest cast
Steve Nallon Mrs. Thatcher
Celia Imrie Hilary
Hilary O'Neil Prime Minister
Chris Barrie BBC Announcer (Voice)
Rory Bremner BBC Announcer (Voice)
Harry Enfield BBC Announcer (Voice)
Writing team
Laurence Marks Writer
Maurice Gran Writer
Production team
Sue Bysh Director
Richard Curtis Producer

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