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Season 1 Episode 1

Happiness is a Warm Gun

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Aired Unknown Sep 13, 1987 on ITV
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Happiness is a Warm Gun
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Because the Chief Constable knows how Alan B'Stard got re-elected to Parliament, the MP for Haltemprice gets blackmailed into passing a bill arming the police.

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    Rik Mayall

    Rik Mayall

    Alan Barisford B'Stard MP

    Michael Troughton

    Michael Troughton

    Piers Fletcher-Dervish

    Marsha Fitzalan

    Marsha Fitzalan

    Sarah B'Stard

    Rowena Cooper

    Rowena Cooper

    Norman [ series 1 ]

    Peter Sallis

    Peter Sallis

    Sidney Bliss

    Guest Star

    John Woodvine

    John Woodvine

    Sir Malachi Jellicoe

    Guest Star

    Donald Nithsdale

    Donald Nithsdale

    Bishop

    Guest Star

    John Nettleton

    John Nettleton

    Sir Stephen Baker

    Recurring Role

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    • TRIVIA (4)

      • Rik mayall said about the character of Alan B'Stard. "I haven't really liked any of the characters I've played, but I think he's the character I like the least – although I possibly feel the sorriest for. He doesn't know it, but he's desperately lonely. But he's such a bastard! What do you want me to say? I don't want to marry him."

      • Laurence Marks wrote to his local MP, Michael Portillo, and asked if he could show him around the House of Commons. When the episodes aired and people found out that Portillo had shown the writers around it was assumed that B'Stard was based of Portillo. However Mayall hasn't said who it was based on but in a reply to a critic saying B'Stard was sexy he said "I never thought I looked suave; I thought I looked a dickhead. How can a man with a bouffant hairstyle look sexy? But then there are people who think Michael Heseltine is sexy…" 

      • Rik Mayall was invited to a television awards party where he was introduced to Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran. He asked them to create a series for him but they were reluctant thinking he'd be "really annoying and trouble". They then appeared on the same episode of Wogan and meet afterwards for lunch.

      • The writers had to do a synopsis for the commisioning editor but decided to do it in the style of a Who's Who entry stating B'Stard's recreations as "Making money, dining at expensive restaurants at other people's expense, grinding the faces of the poor?" They then continued this with letters of correspondence. Who's Who wrote to B'stard. "Dear Mr B'stard. We should also point out that your entry is of inordinate length for a new boy. For example it's a line longer than Lord Hailsham's entry. This was followed by a reply from B'stard. "Re Your letter re: My letter. Bollocks. Yours, with the biggest majority in the House of Commons. The Right Honourable Alan Beresford B'stard MP. PS: Who the fuck is Lord Hailsham.". This was sent to Yorkshire Television instead of a synopsis.

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    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Norman: (giving his price for arranging a deal) An Archer.
        Alan: A whole Jeffrey? That's 2,000 pounds!

        In 1987 MP Jeffrey Archer paid a prostitute 2,000 pounds to leave the country and keep quiet about their relationship. He was eventually sent to prison for lying about the incident.

      • The episode title is a reference to a Beatles song from The White Album (1968).

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