The BEST Episodes of The New Statesman

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 2, 2020

Network: ITV

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.

A Wapping Conspiracy

#1 - A Wapping Conspiracy

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 29, 1989

Alan is accused of fraternizing with teenaged girls.

star 8.32
73 votes
Three Line Whipping

#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.

star 8.22
107 votes
Passport to Freedom

#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.

star 7.94
141 votes
Happiness is a Warm Gun

#4 - Happiness is a Warm Gun

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 13, 1987

Alan is blackmailed into passing a bill arming the police.

star 7.82
155 votes
Profit of Boom

#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.

star 7.80
45 votes
Baa Baa Black Sheep

#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.

star 7.78
102 votes
Fatal Extraction

#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.

star 7.61
76 votes
The Irresistible Rise of Alan B'Stard

#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.

star 7.57
14 votes
Labour of Love

#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.

star 7.56
72 votes
The Haltemprice Bunker

#10 - The Haltemprice Bunker

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 5, 1989

Alan needs publicity so he annonunces that he has found a Nazi.

star 7.52
75 votes
Sex Is Wrong

#11 - Sex Is Wrong

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 27, 1987

Alan impersonates Sir Steven, leader of the Campaign for Moral Regeneration.

star 7.42
138 votes
Waste Not, Want Not

#12 - Waste Not, Want Not

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 4, 1987

Alan secretly has to move 1000 gallons of toxic waste.

star 7.42
136 votes
The Party's Over

#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.

star 7.34
47 votes
Keeping Mum

#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.

star 7.33
42 votes
Back from the Mort

#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.

star 7.33
42 votes
Friends of St. James

#16 - Friends of St. James

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 11, 1987

Alan tries to get investors for a Caribbean bank.

star 7.32
79 votes
Natural Selection

#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.

star 7.30
47 votes
H*A*S*H

#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.

star 7.23
44 votes
Piers of the Realm

#19 - Piers of the Realm

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 26, 1989

Alan files for divorce. Piers gets promoted.

star 7.18
44 votes
A Bigger Splash

#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.

star 7.15
41 votes
Let Them Sniff Cake

#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.

star 7.14
43 votes
Heil and Farewell

#22 - Heil and Farewell

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 13, 1992

Alan tries to take over leadership of a neo-Nazi organization.

star 7.13
40 votes
California Here I Come

#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.

star 7.12
42 votes
Speaking in Tongues

#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.

star 7.10
41 votes
Live from Westminster

#25 - Live from Westminster

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 22, 1989

Televised debates turns Alan into a media superstar

star 6.81
73 votes