Category: The New Statesman
Here’s a rare little treat. Rik promoting YTV’s Christmas Line, as broadcast on 26th December 1987. I think that’s the only time I’ve seen the ear not pop back. It’s clearly been filmed during the making of the first series of The New Statesman, and that’s obviously the office set he’s in.
In this article, by Jonathan Margolis, published in the Dublin Evening Herald on 14th July 1987, there’s some wonderful behind-the-scenes trivia about the research period of The New Statesman. Michael Portillo served as a political advisor on the show, and Rik was allowed to sit on the government and opposition benches. There’s even mention of…
On the 2nd August 1987, a full month before the first series of The New Statesman began on ITV, The Sunday Mirror was already trying to stir up a controversy. They even appeared to be trying to bait one Norman Tebbit into a reaction. Campaign wouldn’t air until 1988, and was written by Gerard MacDonald,…