The Politician's Wife
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"Splendidly wicked" —The New York Times
"Terrifically entertaining" —USA Today
"Enticing" —The Wall Street Journal
When the tabloids catch Conservative family-values politician Duncan Matlock (Trevor Eve, Waking the Dead) in an affair with an escort (Minnie Driver, Good Will Hunting), no one is more stunned than his devoted wife, Flora (Juliet Stevenson, The Hour, Bend It Like Beckham). Pressured by her husband, the party machinery, and even her father, Flora maintains a loyal façade at first. But in private, her anguish hardens into rage after erotic telephone tapes reveal the extent of Duncan's duplicity.
Best drama winner at the International Emmys® and the BAFTA awards, The Politician's Wife is "one of the best dramas the Masterpiece Theatre series has ever produced" (The Boston Globe).
Contains coarse language, nudity, and sexual violence
Top Customer Reviews
While not entirely successful due to an at times obvious anti-Conservative bias, this superb production takes a familiar scenario and turns it on its ear. By focusing on the wronged wife’s perspective, writer Paula Milne injects new life into what could have been a heavy-handed tirade against the abuses of power.
Walking a fine line between condemning blatant hypocrisy and asserting the producers’ apparent political views, THE POLITICIAN’S WIFE works best when it takes you inside the mind and swirling emotions of Juliet Stevenson’s Flora. Her emotional breakdown is both heart-breaking and fascinating and her subsequent course of action (read Revenge) is alternately satisfying, disastrous and unexpectedly life-changing. Flora’s thoroughly rotten adulterer husband is made palatable simply by being played by Trevor Eve, a likeable actor who is unafraid to take tremendous risks with this role. One wonders how often he was recognized in public after the initial broadcast and told off, in no uncertain terms, by some formerly adoring fan (it happens).
Probably the most remarkable aspect of THE POLITICIAN’S WIFE is how it analyzes the whole concept of Betrayal. There are other themes as well, including hypocrisy, honour, morality, etc. But the anatomy of betrayal has rarely been better portrayed. Eve’s Duncan is a man so wholly convinced of his own destiny that his sense of entitlement is astounding. He relies so completely on his wife (she even cuts his toenails for him when he’s in the bath) and yet his reprehensible act of betrayal is somehow justified in his own mind.Read more ›
It's a rerelease with benefits.
- - - SUBTITLES - - - have been added.
- - - 8 more minutes - - - than the 2004 DVD. Those 8 minutes are for mature audience only. Audio recordings of liaisons are explicit. Nudity. Ribald speech. Marital rape. It IS the UK UNEDITED form.
Three hours, and my wife and I said at the same time, "5 stars."
Powerful story. Commanding performances by Juliet Stevenson (Flora) who bares all, Minnie Driver (Jennifer) who makes a convincing hooker, and Trevor Eve (Duncan) a politician you can detest.
Episode 1: Stand by Him
Flora Matlock is the Minister of Family Affairs wife, subservient. Don't cross her as hubby did. She bites back. Duncan Matlock should have recognized this prior to his 'hanky-panky' ways. The affair parallels scandals of Washington politicians--even Presidents. Jennifer, the `escort' babe is tabloid news. Can? Should? Flora "Stand by her man?" Watch Duncan's pathetic `We're a team' plea. What's the truth? An informant surfaces.
2 Echo Chamber
Flora plays tapes of erotic conversations between her cheating hubby and liaison tart. She gets supplied photos. Conversations and Stevenson nudity are unrated, but not for kids. Flora's disgust turns to revenge. 3 cheers for Flora.
3 Body Politics
It's survival of the fittest after a political bloody battle. A woman's-day-out finale. I didn't see the ending coming. Well done. You see Flora bloom within her own person in this film. Not really a women's lib film as it is poetic justice.
This story has won many awards including an International Emmy and BAFTA.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent story & acting. She is very good in this role and interesting to watch her passive/aggressive behavior as she gets what she wants.Published 10 days ago by Happy Cooker
This is possibly the best suspense film since The Sting. Its exceptionally well plotted story of betrayal and revenge. Read morePublished 3 months ago by jessica
Absolutely loved this three-part series when it aired on UK's Channel 4 in 1995 and was delighted to find it from Acorn at well over half the price of the PBS dvd (which is also... Read morePublished 9 months ago by They
Interesting and well done. WIsh they would make the Politician's Husband into a version we could view in the US.Published 11 months ago by Nan Deveroux
This one may be fiction but we've seen true life philandering politicians and even hoped we'd see some retaliation from the wife. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Carolyn Sutter
Had two gatherings of friends to watch -- both groups agreed it was an excellent production -- timely, well written, produced and acted. Read morePublished on February 6, 2014 by Florence M. Horn