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"The New Statesman" (1987) was a British sitcom and political satire that made fun of the Conservative government of that time. It followed the career of Alan B'Stard, a newly elected and utterly corrupt member of Parliament. The show had a fair amount of black humor, with Alan winning his election to Parliament by literally putting his opponents in the hospital. The show's humor could also be broad, given the surname that Alan and his equally despicable relatives shared.

4 Seasons, 26 Episodes
September 13, 1987
Cast: Rik Mayall, Michael Troughton, Marsha Fitzalan
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  • All hell breaks loose when B'Stard decides to interfere with the mountains of untaxed cash lying hidden in the Channel Islands.

  • The Molotov cocktails may be raining down on refugee hostels in Germany, but Alan B'Stard is more concerned with potentially explosive plan which he has up his sleeve. Meanwhile Sarah and Krimhilde Kleist discover that they have more in common than their mutual distaste for Alan and together conspire to rid Europe of its menace once and for all.

  • Brussels is a zoo, and it's getting on top of the new Commissioner for Internal Relations. Poor old Piers! Narrowly saved from an early death in a lobster tank, he discovers that life in Brussels is a menagerie of mishaps. Savaged by lobster and ravaged by chickens, Piers relies on the scheming of wily shark Alan B'Stard to save his bacon.

  • While Piers Fletcher-Dervish is dealing with the ins and outs of political life, Alan B'Stard is somewhat put out to find himself indebted to his wife Sarah. She's been busy since we last saw her, and hers is now a well-known figure in the throbbing hub of Europe.

  • Alan is back and he is on the warpath. Abandoned in the frozen wastes of a Siberian labour camp by spiteful spouse Sarah and arch aristocretin Piers, he returns triumphantly to financial, political and marital disaster. Unemployed, unmissed and undermined, B'Stard finds salvation in a six-foot Great Dane. For Alan, as usual, the only way is up.

  • The purpose of Alan's USSR tour is to spread the gospel of Capitalism according to B'Stard, as well to acquire several thousand rubles by selling off video cassettes of his free-market sermons.

  • Following the riotous TV appearance in 'Balance', a serious discussion slot chaired by MENSA member Joan Bakewell, Alan B'Stard is branded an animal hater across the front pages of the tabloid press.

  • Major is securely belted in the driving seat of the Tory machine but despite the new leadership, Conservative fortunes are flagging - a severe economic crisis looms; the opinion polls predict the Party's imminent downfall. Drastic steps must be taken.

  • Alan B'Stard's reputation as the most right-wing Tory MP in the House is under threat: Working class fatso Victor Crosby has just won the Accrington by-election for the Conservatives and, through his publicly declared extreme political views, is on the brink of stealing B'Stard's thunder. How will the new statesman demolish the young pretender to his political crown?

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