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.

Press Clippings

Biography extract: how Portillo inspired B'Stard

Mark Searby, the resident film critic on BBC Radios Northampton and Suffolk, has written a new biography about Rik Mayall, concentrating on his work and compiled from more than 30 interviews with the likes of Alexei Sayle, Nigel Planer, Laurence Marks & Maurice Gran and more. In this exclusive preview, he describes the genesis of Alan B'Stard, the anti-hero of The New Statesman.

Mark Searby, Chortle, 28th October 2019

10 satire shows we need back on our TV screens

It's fair to say that we don't have much satire on TV at the moment. So, are we really beyond satire now? Have things become too surreal? Well, I'm not so sure. In no particular order, here are ten shows that I think need a revival in these turbulent times.

Rhianna Evans, Super Ink, 7th August 2019

A Look Back At: The New Statesman

The New Statesman went on to become one of ITV's most successful sitcoms, running for four series and three spin offs.

Super Ink, 13th May 2019

The Best Politically-Powered Comedies

What is it about the violently egotistical, easily corrupted, self-doubt-riddled nature of your typical politician that makes them such a perfect target for comedy?

BBC, 1st September 2018

Sitcom star Peter Blake dies

Actor Peter Blake, who was famous for a number of sitcom roles in the 1970s and 1980s has died. He was 69.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 23rd July 2018

Development stalled on The New Statesman spin-off

Work on The B'Stard Legacy, the spin-off from Rik Mayall sitcom The New Statesman, has stalled. Writers Marks & Gran say they are struggling to find a lead actor, plus get a TV channel that would be willing to broadcast the show's "scurrilous filth".

British Comedy Guide, 14th December 2017

The New Statesman spin-off announced

A spin-off from Rik Mayall sitcom The New Statesman has been announced. Creators Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran are now working on new TV show The B'Stard Legacy.

British Comedy Guide, 29th March 2017

Rik Mayall: in the company of crazies

The late Rik Mayall was at his most consistently brilliant in The New Statesman.

Gerard O'Donovan, The Telegraph, 23rd June 2014

Interview: Alan B'Stard, former MP

"Get out of Afghanistan, Dave - there are safer places to get opium."

Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, The New Statesman, 29th July 2010

Greedy? Pah! Our rotten MPs weren't claiming nearly ENOUGH! says Alan B'Stard

He's one of the vilest comic creations of all time - Alan B'Stard, the venal and lecherous Tory MP played by Rik Mayall in the TV satire The New Statesman. Now, as MPs are finally held to account, Alan is back. In this article (written with a little help from the show's co-creator Maurice Gran), he has a few proposals of his own...

Maurice Gran, Daily Mail, 21st May 2009