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Who Shot Alan B'stard
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Who Shot Alan B'Stard? (January 14, 1990) - The world of politics is in shock after the shooting of Alan B'Stard at the end of the last series. The assassination attempt has coincided with the House of Commons vote on capital punishment and politicians are nervous. With the House deadlocked, one MP's vote could decide all - time for a certain Mr. B'Stard to vote for the hangman's return. Alan milks his 'miraculous recovery' at the hand's of spiritual healer Chief Amlumi for all it is worth, setting up bogus charities, winning the contract to restore the gallows and doing the chat-show circuit. One chat show host, Kerry Grout, is however in league with B'Stard's wife and accuses Alan on a live TV show of being a fraud to which a flustered Alan retaliates with a threat to Grout's life. Unfortunately this is captured by the cameras. With Grout and Sarah desperate for proof against Alan, they enlist the help of Piers to demonstrate the fake shooting of B'Stard. Unfortunately, Piers accidentally shoots Grout dead and jumps into the Thames in his panic. When Alan is then discovered next to Grout's body he is arrested and sentenced to death. The first victim of his own policy, to be hung by his own gallows.
Even Piers's return and admission of guilt is rejected by court and Alan is led to the gallows in fear. Just as Sidney Bliss pulls the lever however and Alan drops through the trap door, he is saved by the cheapness of his own contractors. In an effort to reap maximum profit, Alan's company, Britnoose, had constructed the gallows from balsa wood which collapses under Alan's weight.
This apparent 'Act of God' reprieves Alan in law and he is free to return to his devious ways.
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