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The Politician's Husband 

Political drama series about a marriage between two politicians, and what happens when the wife's career starts to overshadow her husband's.
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Series cast summary:
David Tennant ...  Aiden Hoynes 3 episodes, 2013
Emily Watson ...  Freya Hoynes 3 episodes, 2013
Roger Allam ...  Marcus Brock 3 episodes, 2013
June Bailey June Bailey ...  Pensioner 1 3 episodes, 2013
Tim Bentinck ...  Freddy Seabourn / ... 3 episodes, 2013
Chipo Chung ...  Lian Hooper 3 episodes, 2013
Lee Nicholas Harris ...  TV cameraman 3 episodes, 2013
Lucy Hutchinson ...  Ruby Hoynes 3 episodes, 2013
Harmage Singh Kalirai ...  Muslim Constituent / ... 3 episodes, 2013
Oscar Kennedy ...  Noah Hoynes 3 episodes, 2013
Sylvestra Le Touzel ...  Diane 3 episodes, 2013
Kate Maravan Kate Maravan ...  Reporter / ... 3 episodes, 2013
Anamaria Marinca ...  Dita Kowalski 3 episodes, 2013
Matthew David McCarthy Matthew David McCarthy ...  MP / ... 3 episodes, 2013
Luke Neal Luke Neal ...  Drew Bailey 3 episodes, 2013
Malcolm Scates Malcolm Scates ...  Kenny Moss 3 episodes, 2013
Jack Shepherd ...  Joe Hoynes 3 episodes, 2013
Ed Stoppard ...  Bruce Babbish 3 episodes, 2013
Leon Symnz Leon Symnz ...  TV Camera Man 3 episodes, 2013
James Weber Brown ...  Reporter / ... 3 episodes, 2013
Clare Welch Clare Welch ...  Pensioner 2 3 episodes, 2013
Sarah Woodward ...  Undercover Reporter 1 / ... 3 episodes, 2013
Simon Chandler ...  Cliff Lyman 2 episodes, 2013
Chris Cowlin Chris Cowlin ...  Civil Servant 2 episodes, 2013
David Shelley ...  Undercover Reporter 2 episodes, 2013
Kirsty Wark Kirsty Wark ...  Herself 2 episodes, 2013
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Aiden Hoynes is a senior cabinet minister who has always put his career before family, with the support of Freya, his devoted wife and mother to their two young children. But when Freya's own political career takes off and threatens to overshadow his, Aiden's life is thrown into chaos. As his political career comes to a standstill, and with his marriage turned upset down, Aiden takes increasing risks in his quest for power. Written by anon

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English

Release Date:

25 April 2013 (UK) See more »

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London, England, UK See more »

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Daybreak Pictures See more »
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(3 parts)

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Trivia

Aiden is played by David Tennent, who also played the Tenth Doctor on Doctor Who. Notice how the color of the front door of Aiden's home is the Tenth Doctor's Tardis blue and how the door resembles the Tardis. Having the door this way was obviously playing homage to Tennant's great work as the Tenth Doctor. See more »

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For each episode, the copyright date, expressed in Roman numerals as for most UK programmes, is MMXXIII (2023) instead of MMXIII (2013). See more »

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Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Best Political Dramas (2018) See more »

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so is this it?
2 April 2015 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"The Politician's Husband" is a 2013 miniseries out of England, starring David Tennant and Emily Watson.

I'm unclear if this is supposed to be a series or just a miniseries - certainly the ending indicated it's a miniseries.

Anyway, it's the story of Aiden Hoynes (David Tennant), a senior cabinet minister who shoots himself in the foot politically with a leadership bid, and his friend Bruce Babbish (Ed Stoppard), another higher-up, does not support him.

Hoynes' wife, Freya, has always stood in her husband's shadow and concentrated on the family, a severely autistic son and a daughter.

When Freya has a chance to become a cabinet minister, Aiden is all for it, believing that at the right opportunity, she can support his immigration bill, a stab in the back to the government.

After getting a taste of power, however, Freya goes on television, the perfect opportunity to say she agrees with her husband, and doesn't agree with him.

Very good drama about politics behind the scenes, with both Tennant and Watson giving excellent performances. I have to say in most instances, I don't think times have changed that much, and that the miniseries is realistic in that the husband would definitely mind being overshadowed by his wife in the same profession.

The rest of it is more the stuff of drama, and I did like it, as Aiden becomes more convinced that his wife has aligned with his now-enemy Bruce both politically and physically. What looked like a strong "fairytale" marriage starts to unravel, with Aiden exhibiting sexual violence toward Freya, and there are accusations of infidelity that hit the press.

I found Tennant especially good as the manipulative husband; in a way, it's a stronger part.

Highly recommended.


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