The BEST Episodes of The New Statesman
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jun 2, 2020
A British comedy that might be described as a combination of Yes, Minister and Blackadder, this is the story of A. B'Stard, a statesman in the tradition of Genghis Khan, who will stop at nothing to make himself richer and more comfortable. Arguably the most conservative member of the British Parliament, he is aided by a witless colleague, MP Piers Fletcher-Dervish.
#1 - A Wapping Conspiracy
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 29, 1989
Alan is accused of fraternizing with teenaged girls.
#2 - Three Line Whipping
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 18, 1987
Alan misses an important vote then appears on TV AM without knowing the result.
#3 - Passport to Freedom
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 20, 1987
Alan tries to ruin a company of which Sarah has just inherited shares.
#4 - Happiness is a Warm Gun
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 13, 1987
Alan is blackmailed into passing a bill arming the police.
#5 - Profit of Boom
Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 11, 1991
MI5 and the KGB ask Alan to start a new cold war because they no longer have anyone to spy on.
#6 - Baa Baa Black Sheep
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 25, 1987
Alan's tries to get an American businessman to build a fast food factory in Haltemprice.
#7 - Fatal Extraction
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 15, 1989
Alan finds oil on public lands then tries to buy it from a Labour Party leader.
#8 - The Irresistible Rise of Alan B'Stard
Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 26, 1992
With his fortunes falling in Europe, Alan tries to get himself appointed to a government post back in England.
#9 - Labour of Love
Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 6, 1991
A new MP threatens Alan's status as the most right-wing member of Commons.
#10 - The Haltemprice Bunker
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 5, 1989
Alan needs publicity so he annonunces that he has found a Nazi.
#11 - Sex Is Wrong
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 27, 1987
Alan impersonates Sir Steven, leader of the Campaign for Moral Regeneration.
#12 - Waste Not, Want Not
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 4, 1987
Alan secretly has to move 1000 gallons of toxic waste.
#13 - The Party's Over
Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 13, 1991
Alan tries to help the Labour party win the next election so he can blame them for the impending oil shortage.
#14 - Keeping Mum
Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 27, 1991
Alan's mum visits and threatens to stay forever unless Alan repeals his new bill abolishing social security.
#15 - Back from the Mort
Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 22, 1992
Having survived imprisonment at hard labour in a Russian gulag, Alan attempts a return to politics by joining the European Parliament as representative from an obscure part of East Germany.
#16 - Friends of St. James
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 11, 1987
Alan tries to get investors for a Caribbean bank.
#17 - Natural Selection
Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 4, 1991
At his annual cocktail party, Alan upsets a local VIP who threatens to take over his seat in the House.
#18 - H*A*S*H
Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 29, 1992
Alan is worried that European drug lords may interfere with his attempt to make a profit from the forthcoming legalization of marijuana.
#19 - Piers of the Realm
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 26, 1989
Alan files for divorce. Piers gets promoted.
#20 - A Bigger Splash
Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 20, 1992
Alan tries to become a war profiteer by arranging shipments of aid to Bosnia.
#21 - Let Them Sniff Cake
Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 20, 1991
Alan upsets animal rights activists. A old friend wants a birthday ""cake"" from Alan.
#22 - Heil and Farewell
Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 13, 1992
Alan tries to take over leadership of a neo-Nazi organization.
#23 - California Here I Come
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 12, 1989
Alan tries to sell a sitcom to an American producer, but Piers has to bail Alan out of jail first.
#24 - Speaking in Tongues
Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 6, 1992
Alan schemes to make some illicit profits from the translators who work for the EC.
#25 - Live from Westminster
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 22, 1989
Televised debates turns Alan into a media superstar