The New Statesman

The New Statesman

1987 - 1992, Comedy
Rik Mayall stars as Alan B'Stard, the egocentric MP who stops at nothing to further his career.

Episode Guide

  • The New Statesman - The Irresistible Rise of Alan B'Stard (Season 4 Episode 6)
    Season 4 Episode 6:

    The Irresistible Rise of Alan B'Stard

    With Alan's shares at an all-time low, he decides it's time for the great British people to choose a new leader.

  • The New Statesman - A Bigger Splash (Season 4 Episode 5)
    Season 4 Episode 5:

    A Bigger Splash

    Alan B'Stard and the Balkans.

  • The New Statesman - Heil and Farewell (Season 4 Episode 4)
    Season 4 Episode 4:

    Heil and Farewell

    With refugees and riots in his German constituency, Alan joins a group of neo-Nazis; meanwhile, Sarah and Krimhilde are determined to get even with him.

  • The New Statesman - Speaking in Tongues (Season 4 Episode 3)
    Season 4 Episode 3:

    Speaking in Tongues

    Piers discovers that life in Brussels is a menagerie of mishaps.

  • The New Statesman - H-A-S-H (Season 4 Episode 2)
    Season 4 Episode 2:


    Piers struggles with the ins and outs of political life; B'Stard owes his wife.

  • The New Statesman - Back From the Mort (Season 4 Episode 1)
    Season 4 Episode 1:

    Back From the Mort

    Alan returns triumphantly to financial, political and marital disaster.

  • The New Statesman - Profit of Boom (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:

    Profit of Boom

    Alan and Sir Piers are lured into a trap by a Soviet temptress and end up in a Siberian labour camp.

  • The New Statesman - Natural Selection (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    Natural Selection

    Alan upsets a VIP who threatens to take over his seat in Parliament.

  • The New Statesman - Keeping Mum (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    Keeping Mum

    Alan's mother moves in with him.

  • The New Statesman - Let Them Sniff Cake (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    Let Them Sniff Cake

    An old acquaintance asks Alan for a birthday "cake."

  • The New Statesman - The Party's Over (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    The Party's Over

    Alan tries to help the Labor party win the next election so he can place the blame for an upcoming oil crisis on the party.

  • The New Statesman - Labour of Love (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    Labour of Love

    A new MP threatens Alan's status as the most right-wing member of the House of Commons.

  • The New Statesman - Piers of the Realm (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    Piers of the Realm

    Fletcher-Dervish is appointed to a post Alan wanted.

  • The New Statesman - May the Best Man Win (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    May the Best Man Win

    Alan is attracted to an associate's fiancee.

  • The New Statesman - California Here I Come (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    California Here I Come

    A glamorous actress tries to seduce Alan.

  • The New Statesman - The Haltemprice Bunker (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    The Haltemprice Bunker

    Alan decides to adopt an anti-Nazi stance.

  • The New Statesman - A Wapping Conspiracy (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    A Wapping Conspiracy

    A newspaper alleges that Alan attended risque parties.

  • The New Statesman - Live From Westminster (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    Live From Westminster

    Alan hams it up for TV cameras in the House of Commons.

  • The New Statesman - Fatal Extraction (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    Fatal Extraction

    Alan tries to seduce a militant councilwoman.

  • The New Statesman - Baa Baa Black Sheep (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Baa Baa Black Sheep

    Alan decides a sheep farm will win voter support.

  • The New Statesman - Three Line Whipping (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    Three Line Whipping

    A night of debauchery threatens Alan's career.

  • The New Statesman - Friends of St. James (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Friends of St. James

    Alan opens a bank on a small Caribbean island.

  • The New Statesman - Waste Not, Want Not (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    Waste Not, Want Not

    Alan is paid to dispose of nuclear waste.

  • The New Statesman - Sex Is Wrong (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    Sex Is Wrong

    Alan tries to make some money with a conservative pamphlet by impersonating Sir Stephen Baker, leader of the Campaign for Moral Regeneration.

  • The New Statesman - Passport to Freedom (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    Passport to Freedom

    Alan uses forgery to negate his wife's inheritance.

  • The New Statesman - Happiness Is a Warm Gun (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    Happiness Is a Warm Gun

    A newly elected Tory MP (Rik Mayall) earns illegal profits.