The New Statesman (1987–1994)
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Who Shot Alan B'Stard? 

Following an attempt on his life, B'Stard returns and helps reinstate capital punishment. Tables turn, however, when he is pinned for a murder he didn't commit.


Geoffrey Sax


Laurence Marks (creator), Maurice Gran (creator)


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Episode credited cast:
Rik Mayall ... Alan B'Stard
Michael Troughton ... Piers Fletcher-Dervish
Marsha Fitzalan ... Sarah B'Stard
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Terence Alexander ... Sir Greville McDonald
David Beale David Beale ... Mr. Speaker
Michael Bilton Michael Bilton ... Sir William Horsey QC
Paul Birchard Paul Birchard ... Ximenes
Peter Blake Peter Blake ... Kerry Grout
Geoffrey Chater ... Justice Saunders
Dickie Davies ... Himself
Janine Duvitski ... Interpreter
Roger Grainger ... Usher
Alan Hardwick Alan Hardwick ... Newscaster
Tom Harrison ... Vicar
Berwick Kaler ... Jeff Dicquead


B'stard recovers in hospital in time to cast the deciding commons vote to bring back capital punishment and even gains the contract to have the new gallows built. Sarah rightly guesses that the supposed assassination attempt was a fraud and that B'stard had bet that hanging would be restored, gaining a sizeable cash sum. When B'stard promotes a new charity Sarah teams up with TV chat show host Kerry Grout to expose him at the same time that Piers discovers how the fake assassination was carried out but unfortunately kills Kerry whilst demonstrating it. B'stard is charged with the murder and is hung on the gallows but, since the contractor he hired used balsa wood and not mahogany, it collapses. This is seen as an act of God and he receives a free pardon as a result. Written by don @ minifie-1

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14 January 1990 (UK) See more »

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