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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
Juliet Stevenson is perfectly cast as the wronged wife and the talented Trevor Eve ('Kidnap and Ransom', 'Waking. The Dead') is a superb slimy politician. It's easy to see why this won both the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) and the International Emmy awards for best drama. It's as relevant today as it was 20 years ago and, unfortunately, will be probably be credible 20 years from now.
This is one series not to be missed; it's on par with both the UK and US 'House of Cards' and the BBC's 2013 'The Politician's Husband' (also written by Paula Milne and starring David Tennant and Emily Watson.)
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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a very interesting political thriller with great twists and turns. Loved it.Published 2 months ago by Dale Jenkins
In 1985, in Stratford, I saw Juliet Stevenson on stage for the first time as Cressida, in Shakespeare's "Troilus and Cressida. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Stanley Crowe
I love this series. Juliet Stevenson is marvelous. You will watch it in one sittingPublished 4 months ago by Ann Carraher
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 5 months ago by Happy Cooker
Interesting and well done. WIsh they would make the Politician's Husband into a version we could view in the US.Published 17 months ago by Nan Deveroux