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The British political drama The Politician's Wife takes a look inside the family life of a fictional British politician who has his affair with a researcher revealed in the tabloid press. First broadcast in 1995 on the U.K. network Channel 4 the show stars respected British actors Trevor Eve, Juliet Stevenson and Minnie Driver as the three main characters involved in the personal relationships of the politician. Upon its release in 1995 The Politician's Wife won awards as the best serial drama at both the BAFTA's and Emmy's; The Politician's Wife was written by playwright Paula Milne.

Set in the mid 1990s the drama of The Politician's Wife focuses on the relationship between the U.K. Minister for Family Duncan Matlock, a respected British politician climbing up the ruling Conservative Party. As his career appears to be reaching a pinnacle with rumors of a higher profile job in the British government Matlock's affair with a young parliamentary researcher is revealed by the tabloid press based in London. Amid the revelations of the press are the fact the researcher is a former prostitute causing her rise to a job in government to be questioned.

As the storm of press and fellow politicians look to either support Matlock or destroy his political career the drama focuses on Matlock's wife, Flora. Flora initially accepts her husband's apologies for his affair and accepts a role supporting him as he tries to save his career. Slowly, Flora changes her attitude as she is fed a series of revelations by one of Matlock's aides about the true nature of his relationship with the researcher. Using the truth about the relationship and a series of lies Flora is convinced to feed information to the press and other members of the Conservative Party to discredit her husband. Through the character of Matlock's aide Flora is convinced to destroy her husband's career and look to take his position in government.

The Politician's Wife is a Drama series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (3 episodes). The series first aired on May 16, 1995. It has mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.7.

The Politician's Wife is available for streaming on the Channel 4 website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Politician's Wife on demand at Amazon online.

Channel 4
1 Season, 3 Episodes
May 16, 1995
Cast: Juliet Stevenson, Trevor Eve, Anton Lesser, Ian Bannen
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The Politician's Wife Full Episode Guide

  • After a violent confrontation, Duncan walks out. But Flora's unconcious agenda has yet to reach its zenith.

  • Flora Matlock, tired of being a victim of circumstance, decides to control the circumstances.

  • Flora Matlock, wife of the ambitious and self-confident Conservative government minister, is devastated when the press uncover her husband's affair.