I can’t remember what made go and look for “Fatal Extraction”, an early episode, 1989, of the New Statesman, starring Rik Mayell as Alan B’stard; I think it was the scene in Georgina’s Hackney flat, where the pregnant Annalena says to her boyfriend, Larry, that it’s not personal, he just doesn’t have his analysis, but not only does that scene hit a pitch perfect note, the following scene, in Parliament does so too. Bob Crippen’s speech opposing the poll tax could have been taken from Hansard last week.


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