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''The New Statesman'' was an award winning British comedy program in which Creator/RikMayall played the evil Alan B'Stard, an utterly venal and corrupt Conservative MP who stopped at nothing to further his career, and/or make piles of money. Other characters included his wife Sarah, who was a very good (or rather evil) match for her husband, and Alan's brainless, spineless and much-abused flunky Piers Fletcher-Dervish.

The show ran for 4 seasons from the late 1980s to the early 1990s, and was revived as a theatre production in 2006.

Came sixty-first in ''Series/BritainsBestSitcom''. Not to be confused with ''[[BritishNewspapers New Statesman]]'', a left-leaning political magazine based in the UK (though many of its readers probably appreciated this series).
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!!The show provides examples of:
* AssholeVictim: The Tory rising star that Alan eliminates as a threat at the beginning of Series 3 is basically just Alan, but a lot dumber.
* BiTheWay: Sarah.
* BrickJoke: All the way through series one Piers talks about his seemingly strait-laced and rather prudish fiancée. When we meet her in series two, she turns out to be... not ''quite'' as imagined.
* BrotherChuck: Sir Steven Baxter, Norman, Roland Gidley-Park (jarringly, as he's Sarah's father), Sidney and Mr Crippen
* ButtMonkey: Piers
* CardCarryingVillain: Alan has been known to switch parties based solely on which political platform will allow him to rip more people off.
* ChainedToABed: An American television star invites Alan home and has him tie her up, but then realises she left her Quaaludes in her car and sends Alan down to get them. He gets arrested. When he finally makes it back over a day later, he can't be bothered to untie her before he leaves to catch his flight. She finds this hot.
--> Now there's a man who really ''understands'' bondage!
* TheCharacterDiedWithHim: After Rik Mayall's death the writers of The New Statesman created an Obituary for Alan, listing his death as being on the same day.
* CrosscastRole: Norma(n) is played by a woman throughout the first series, even during the first couple of episodes when he's still meant to be fully male.
* DistractedByTheLuxury
* DumbIsGood: Piers
* {{Eagleland}}: In the stage show Condoleezza Rice is very much an example of type two, she announces a plan to bomb Iran and when Alan asks if she can identify it on a map she haughtily announces "I'm an American!" [[{{Beat}} folds arms]] "Of course not!"
* EasySexChange: Alan's accountant Norman becomes more feminine in every episode of series one.
* EvilLaugh
* EvilMatriarch: Alan's mother is just as morally bankrupt and greedy as he is, perhaps the only person in the whole run of the show who meets him completely on his own level. For added ickyness, at the end of her episode there's [[{{Squick}} way more than a hint]] that there's [[ParentalIncest affinity in their equality]] even as they try to kill and screw-over one another.
* ForTheEvulz:. Sarah [[spoiler:leaves Alan to rot in a gulag in Siberia for three years when she could have easily asked for his release]], 'because she can'.
* FunWithAcronyms: How many charities can have the initials CASH?
** And the "Santiago High Income Trust" from series two.
* GagPenis: It is repeatedly implied that Piers is very well endowed, though he's too stupid to realise it.
* InsistentTerminology: "B'Stard", not "bastard"
* {{Jerkass}}: Alan
* KavorkaMan: Alan is very good-looking and well turned-out, but he treats women so badly and his personality is so repellent, it's amazing any female would be in the same room with him. Nonetheless, his stream of affairs is constant.
* KickTheDog: Alan does this all the time. More often than not, however, [[TheChewToy it bites back.]]
* LargeHam: Alan during some of his speeches
* ManChild: Piers doesn't understand much of what goes on around him and keeps his teddy at his desk.
* OneSteveLimit: One episode features a crony of Alan's also named Piers. The two men have absolutely ''nothing'' else in common.
* ThePlan: Many of Alan's plans are [[GambitRoulette outrageously complicated]] such as the one that involved arranging the Falklands war to push up the price of corned beef. However, he is quite good at [[XanatosSpeedChess speed-chessing]] his way past unwelcome developments. The most outrageous is his plot to [[spoiler:take over the country]] in the last episode.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Alan was no angel in series one, but his cruelty was upped several levels between series one and two, he became rather homophobic and racist, and it might seem impossible but he somehow became even MORE sexist.
* PetTheDog: Despite being a massive conservative, outside of a few jibes he was surprisingly supportive of Norman's sex change and sincerely complimented her makeup or femininity on a few occasions as she began transitioning. This hidden niceness promptly vanished once she vanished in series 2, unfortunately.
* PlayingBothSides: According to the stage show, the war on terror was arranged by Alan manipulating both sides to his own ends.
* PresidentEvil: The series ended with [[spoiler: Alan becoming "Lord Protector" of England]].
* ReTool: Twice. There was a major one between series one and two (several characters vanish without explanation, Sarah goes from being in love with Alan's (female) press agent to being a complete nymphomaniac (unusually, her bisexuality remained), more focus on Alan's money-making schemes and less on his political schemes). There was also a comparatively minor retool at the beginning of season four when the shift to the European Parliament allowed for complete change in sets, storylines and the majority of the cast outside Alan, Sarah and Piers. The fourth season also slightly changed the opening, where the final picture of Alan was him looking somewhat older and more cunning than in his original picture, which is fitting given how much more successful he is in season 4, even [[spoiler: taking over Britain in the last episode]].
* SecretTestOfCharacter: In the final episode of Series 1, Alan is trying to set up a lucrative business deal with an American hamburger mogul and his wife. Near the end of the negotiations, the couple suddenly suggests a wife-swapping session to seal the deal, which is more than a little problematic since Norma is posing as Alan's wife and hasn't completely finished her gender reassignment surgery (more specifically, she still has a penis). As a result, Alan has to repeatedly insist that he is a devout Christian and wife-swapping goes against his religion. It eventually turns out that the American couple ''actually are'' devout Christians, and were just trying to make sure Alan was a moral enough person for them to do business with.
* SleazyPolitician: Everyone, with the possible exceptions of Sir Stephen Baxter and Bob Crippen. Piers gradually turns into this over the course of the series, though isn't very good at it, insisting on £5 bribes for important information for example.
* SpeedSex[=/=]TeenyWeenie: RunningGags in regards to Alan.
* StrawmanPolitical: Alan is notable for doing the tours of all three major parties; in the original series, he was a straw Tory; in the stage production, he was a straw Blairite; and in a sketch for a No2AV [[UsefulNotes/{{Party Political Broadcasts}} Party Political Broadcast]], he was an obvious parody of UsefulNotes/NickClegg.
* SuddenlyBilingual: In one episode, Alan B'Stard is on trial, and one of his fake witnesses is pretending to be a chief of a native South American tribe. It turns out that the prosecuting lawyer can speak the language of that tribe, having been a [[UsefulNotes/BritishEnglish fag]] for the tribe's high chief while they were both at Eton College.
* SurroundedByIdiots Alan's attitude towards [[strike:Piers]] ''everyone''
* TheStarscream: Sarah
* UnholyMatrimony Alan and Sarah, forever and ever.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Alan
* UpperClassTwit: Piers
** [[EruditeStoner Lord Penistone]] even more so.
* VillainProtagonist: Alan.
* VillainousIncest: Between Alan and his mother. Just check out how they say their goodbye at the end of "Keeping Mum".
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