The Politician's Husband

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  • 2013
  • 1 Season
  • 7.1  (1,806)

The Politician's Husband is an intense British drama television series that originally aired on BBC Two in 2013. The show stars David Tennant (Doctor Who) and Emily Watson (Chernobyl) in lead roles alongside Jack Shepherd (Wycliffe). The story is a political thriller that revolves around the lives of a couple who are both in politics, their ambitions and the power struggle between them.

David Tennant is cast as Aiden Hoynes, a senior Cabinet Minister in the United Kingdom government. He is married to Freya Gardner, played by Emily Watson, who is also a high-profile political figure. Aiden is at the height of his political career, with his sights set on becoming the next Prime Minister. However, when the position of Secretary of State for Work and Pensions becomes available, his wife Freya is chosen for the post over him, creating a wave of tension between them.

The rest of the series examines the power dynamic between the couple, their conflicting ambitions and the challenging work-life balance that comes with being a high-profile politician. Aiden must put aside his own ambitions and take on the role of stay-at-home dad to their two children, a job he finds difficult and unfulfilling. Freya, on the other hand, struggles to balance the demands of her new job with her responsibilities as a wife and mother.

The show is gripping and tense, with each episode building on the intense power struggle that unfolds between Aiden and Freya. Their relationship becomes increasingly strained, and their personal and political lives begin to intersect as they navigate the challenges of a high-pressure political career. The series offers an insightful look into the world of politics and how personal and professional ambitions can impact a relationship.

The supporting cast of The Politician's Husband is equally impressive. Jack Shepherd plays Bruce Babbish, Aiden's former boss and close friend, who becomes embroiled in the couple's power struggle. Babbish is a brilliant, calculating character who provides a foil to the emotional intensity of the main characters. Similarly, Roger Allam plays Marcus Brock, a political journalist who serves as a sounding board for Aiden, providing insight into the media's expectations of politicians.

The show is directed by Simon Cellan Jones, who has worked on a number of high-profile British dramas, including Sex Education and Cracker. The writing is also top-notch, with Paula Milne (The Virgin Queen, Endgame) penning the script. Milne weaves a complex tale of ambition, ego, and love, giving viewers a nuanced look at the personal and professional lives of politicians.

Overall, The Politician's Husband is a well-acted, well-written political thriller that will leave viewers on the edge of their seats. The show offers a nuanced look into the challenges that come with a career in politics and how personal ambitions can impact even the strongest of relationships. With a talented cast, gripping storyline and insightful writing, this BBC Two series is a must-watch for fans of political dramas.

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Episode 3
3. Episode 3
May 9, 2013
Aiden finds out about Freya and Bruce and in the midst of trying to stage a comeback has to handle been caught up in a sex scandal.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
May 2, 2013
Aiden plots against his old friend Bruce in an effort to get even with him. As he watches his wife's meteoric rise, he becomes increasingly consumed with jealousy and paranoia. Unable to accept his wife's new found success or forgive her betrayal Aiden starts to plot Freya's downfall as well.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
April 25, 2013
Aiden and Freya Hoynes are the golden couple of British politics but he ends up resigning from cabinet followed a failed leadership bid stopped by his best friend Bruce Babbish. In the cabinet reshuffle Freya is named in the Cabinet, while Aiden returns to the back benches and a life of obscurity. Freya finds herself being forced to choose between her own career ambitions and supporting her husband in public.
  • Premiere Date
    April 25, 2013
  • IMDB Rating
    7.1  (1,806)