A woman's life is turned upside down when it is revealed that her husband, a member of the British Parliament, has been having an affair with a former prostitute.
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Cast

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 Flora Matlock (3 episodes, 1995)
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 Duncan Matlock (3 episodes, 1995)
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 Sir Donald Frazier (3 episodes, 1995)
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 Mark Hollister (3 episodes, 1995)
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 Labour Party member (3 episodes, 1995)
Trevor Baxter ...
 Gordon Naylor (3 episodes, 1995)
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 Colin Fletcher (3 episodes, 1995)
Richard Brierley ...
 Richard Pearson (3 episodes, 1995)
Penny Bunton ...
 Lydia Gibb (3 episodes, 1995)
Gary Cady ...
 Alistair Drummond (3 episodes, 1995)
Jack Chissick ...
 Labour Party member (3 episodes, 1995)
Max Digby ...
 Young Tory (3 episodes, 1995)
Chris Donat ...
 TV newsman (3 episodes, 1995)
Katie Donnison ...
 Joanna Matlock (3 episodes, 1995)
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 Jennifer Caird (3 episodes, 1995)
Patrick Drury ...
 Ian Ruby Smith (3 episodes, 1995)
Sue Edelson ...
 TV political commentator (3 episodes, 1995)
Jackie Everett ...
 Female demonstrator (3 episodes, 1995)
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 Rosalind Clegg (3 episodes, 1995)
Mark Fowley ...
 John (3 episodes, 1995)
Michael Harbour ...
 Roger Gravely (3 episodes, 1995)
Edward Highmore ...
 Club Waiter (3 episodes, 1995)
Andrew Hilton ...
 Hugo Patterson (3 episodes, 1995)
Joe Hutton ...
 Male Demonstrator (3 episodes, 1995)
Lisa Jacobs ...
 Margot (3 episodes, 1995)
Iain Marshall ...
 Reporter (3 episodes, 1995)
Charmian May ...
 Mrs. Lucas (3 episodes, 1995)
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 Trade Union Representative (3 episodes, 1995)
Fidelis Morgan ...
 Rachel Gold (3 episodes, 1995)
Aline Mowat ...
 Woman Reporter (3 episodes, 1995)
Richard Philips ...
 TV Interviewer (3 episodes, 1995)
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 Paul Matlock (3 episodes, 1995)
Mark Powley ...
 John (3 episodes, 1995)
David Prescott ...
 Mindermere Reporter (3 episodes, 1995)
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 Youth Programme Host (3 episodes, 1995)
Crispin Redman ...
 Duncan's Assistant 2 (3 episodes, 1995)
Shirley Anne Selby ...
 2nd Female Demonstrator (3 episodes, 1995)
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 Martyn Price (3 episodes, 1995)
David Solomon ...
 Jennifer's Solicitor (3 episodes, 1995)
Peter Sproule ...
 School's Reporter (3 episodes, 1995)
Frederick Treves ...
 Clive Woodley (3 episodes, 1995)
Claire Vousden ...
 Duncan's Secretary (3 episodes, 1995)
Jonathan Whaley ...
 Reporter 1 (3 episodes, 1995)
James Woolley ...
 Conservative Committee Member (3 episodes, 1995)
Sarah Wynter ...
 Liberal Democratic Committee (3 episodes, 1995)
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 Breakfast TV Presenter (3 episodes, 1995)
Veronica Clifford ...
 Veronica Weston (2 episodes, 1995)
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 Peggy Price (2 episodes, 1995)
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 Suzie (2 episodes, 1995)
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A woman's life is turned upside down when it is revealed that her husband, a member of the British Parliament, has been having an affair with a former prostitute.

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He's had a mistress. She's had enough

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7 January 1996 (USA)  »

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The three parts had the titles "Stand By Him", "Echo Chamber" and "Body Politic". See more »

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political & personal
13 September 2001 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

Reading some of the other opinions on 'The Politician's Wife' leads me to suspect that United States TV viewers are somewhat starved of quality drama. I watched this show for the third time on Cable TV in Australia where it seems we are rather luckier.

And what exceptional entertainment it is. 'The Politician's Wife' could almost have been made as a documentary during the dying days of the John Major Conservative Government in Britain in the mid-nineties when several cabinet ministers were exposed by the tabloid press as having extra-marital affairs. Which is the beginning of the storyline here.

'The Politician's Wife' is a tale of revenge as a dish taken cold with Juliet Stevenson as the wronged spouse under pressure from all sides including her patrician father (Frederick Treves) to forgive her errant husband, an all-stops-out performance of hypocrisy and venality from Trevor Eve. He is a grammar school boy on the make who has married into the upper echelons of the Tory Party. There's usually an element of class in these English dramas!

Interesting to see Minnie Driver in the small but pivotal role as the mistress. Minnie was a quite sturdy young woman then; but in common with many other actresses of her generation she has been disappearing in an alarming fashion ever since.

A special mention for the wonderful Juliet Stevenson who seems a little mousy in the early scenes, especially by comparison with the stylish Minnie, but Juliet's radiant beauty shines out as the story unfolds and she starts to move beyond her humiliation to seek vengeance.

Thoroughly recommended.


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