Each week, we will be taking an in depth look at some of the best sitcoms and comedy shows from both the UK and the USA.
Today we will be looking at a show that was really popular during the Thatcher years – The New Statesman 

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Opening Titles / Theme Tune


About the Show
Summary of Plot 
In the parody of 1980s Conservatism, Rik Mayall is Alan B’Stad MP, the most Machiavellian Tory of them all – IMDb 
Number of Seasons / Episodes 
29 episodes
Characters:
Rik Mayall – Alan B’Stad

Michael Troughton – Piers Fletcher-Dervish

Marsha Fitzalan -Sarah B’Stard

Terence Alexander – sir Grenville Macdonald.
Trivia

+  BAFTA 1991 winner for. Eat comedy series

+ The sitcom was one of the most critically successful ITV comedy series of its day, and developed a strong following

+ The audience laughter was so loud and persistent that it apparently caused the show to overrun and the writers had to shorten the scripts to compensate

+ However, it was also regarded as very cruel and irreverent, treating all its subjects with black humour and violent slapstick

+  Rik Mayall said of the audience reaction he received “In the first series people were saying ‘Gosh, isn’t Rik Mayall good-looking?’ but by the second they were saying ‘Gosh, isn’t Rik Mayall a good actor?’ and that’s all I ever really wanted.”
Classic Clips 

Three Line Whipping

featuring Stephen Fry

Party Conference

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