Longtime writing partners Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran (Birds Of A Feather) are developing a new version of classic British comedy The New Statesman. The original starred the late Rik Mayall as pompous politician Alan B’Stard, and ran on ITV from 1987-1992. A satire of the Conservative government, the show won the Best Comedy Series BAFTA in 1991. Marks and Gran’s LocomoTV is working with Richard Johns and Rupert Jermyn’s Corona TV to develop The B’Stard Legacy which will feature Alan’s long-lost son Arron B’Stard who has been “quietly building an international business and media empire,” the partners say. Mayall passed away in 2014. FremantleMedia has a first look option to distribute any titles originated by LocomoTV and hold a 25% stake in Corona.
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