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The Politician's Wife: Season 1: Episode 3 -- As the architect of Duncan's destruction, Flora plays him against Tory grandees while stirring up resentment against him amongst his constituents. Can he fight back?


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7 January 1996 (USA) See more »
He's had a mistress. She's had enough
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.
6 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast [49])

Juliet Stevenson ... Flora Matlock (3 episodes, 1995)

Trevor Eve ... Duncan Matlock (3 episodes, 1995)

Ian Bannen ... Sir Donald Frazier (3 episodes, 1995)

Anton Lesser ... Mark Hollister (3 episodes, 1995)
David Auker ... Labour Party member (3 episodes, 1995)
Trevor Baxter ... Gordon Naylor (3 episodes, 1995)

Stephen Boxer ... 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)

Minnie Driver ... 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)

Diana Fairfax ... 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)

Lloyd McGuire ... 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)

Stuart Piper ... Paul Matlock (3 episodes, 1995)
Mark Powley ... John (3 episodes, 1995)
David Prescott ... Mindermere Reporter (3 episodes, 1995)

Ian Puleston-Davies ... Youth Programme Host (3 episodes, 1995)
Crispin Redman ... Duncan's Assistant 2 (3 episodes, 1995)
Shirley Anne Selby ... 2nd Female Demonstrator (3 episodes, 1995)

Marc Sinden ... 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)

Joanne Zorian ... Breakfast TV Presenter (3 episodes, 1995)
Veronica Clifford ... Veronica Weston (2 episodes, 1995)

Sally Knyvette ... Peggy Price (2 episodes, 1995)
Jacqueline Tong ... Suzie (2 episodes, 1995)

Series Directed by
Graham Theakston (3 episodes, 1995)
Series Writing credits
Paula Milne (3 episodes, 1995)

Series Produced by
Peter Ansorge .... commissioning editor (3 episodes, 1995)
Jenny Edwards .... producer (3 episodes, 1995)
Jeanna Polley .... producer (3 episodes, 1995)
Neal Weisman .... producer (3 episodes, 1995)
Series Original Music by
Barrington Pheloung (3 episodes, 1995)
Series Cinematography by
Tom McDougal (3 episodes, 1995)
Series Film Editing by
Alan Jones (3 episodes, 1995)
Series Production Design by
Adrian Smith (3 episodes, 1995)
Series Art Direction by
Tom Conroy (3 episodes, 1995)
Series Costume Design by
Pam Tait (3 episodes, 1995)
Series Production Management
Rebecca Jones .... production manager (3 episodes, 1995)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sherief M. Hassan .... third assistant director (3 episodes, 1995)
Series Art Department
David Ned Kelly .... stand-by carpenter (3 episodes, 1995)
Series Sound Department
Paul Conway .... dialogue editor (3 episodes, 1995)
Nigel Galt .... sound editor (3 episodes, 1995)
Tony Jackson .... sound mixer (3 episodes, 1995)
Christian Joyce .... boom operator (3 episodes, 1995)
Iain Eyre .... assistant sound editor (2 episodes, 1995)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Alloway .... camera operator (3 episodes, 1995)
Julian Bucknall .... clapper loader (3 episodes, 1995)
Series Editorial Department
Tracey Jury .... assistant editor (3 episodes, 1995)
Series Music Department
Paul Golding .... music scoring engineer (3 episodes, 1995)
Series Other crew
Clair Chrysler .... stand-in (3 episodes, 1995)
Sarah Hayward .... script supervisor (3 episodes, 1995)
Emma Mager .... production coordinator (3 episodes, 1995)
Charlie Woodhouse .... unit location manager (3 episodes, 1995)

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185 min (3 parts)
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The three parts had the titles "Stand By Him", "Echo Chamber" and "Body Politic".See more »
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1 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Prime-time Soap, 13 November 2009
Author: jcappy from ny-vt

It's hard to know who is more manipulated in "The Politicans Wife," the audience or the actors. These episodes seem to offer no more than an apathetic mess on an issue that cries out for clarity and commitment. Banalities replace ideas; paparazzi camera-work (why not put the camera inside Julia Stevenson's skin?) that makes the actual paparazzi in the film seem benign replace sensitive vision; moral confusion replaces ethics (nothing new here so perhaps it's too much to ask for); and an up-to-date spectator sex replaces an adult look at sexuality.

The movie, in short, offers little to the viewer in the way of enlightenment, challenge, or change. And equally little to the actors who are victims of unconvincing, stereotypical roles that often border on the grotesque. Which is too bad, because as we can sometimes glimpse, they deserve far more.

And somehow these episodes are enclosed in such a way as to make very public lives seem uncomfortably private--to the viewer and the viewed. The lighting and composition gets switched from too harsh and naked to flattering in the bat of an eye. But it's the starkness that makes this an endurance test for the viewer. One can be saved just so many times by Juliet Stevenson's brightly expressive eyes only to have to be jerked back to their sulfurous fierce intensity. Or by the the heavy-handed symbolism which manipulate them, and to which all the other characters are subject. (the father hospitalized in episode 3 was the last gasp for me--and the end of the torture)

In sum, "The Politician's Wife" is one big exercise in obscurity: a contorted plot,twisted relationships, stunting manipulations, half baked cynicism with a dollop of social concern, and opportunistic sexuality conspire to this end. Pass it up--it's current grade is truly mistaken.

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