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Episode credited cast:
June Bailey ...
Pensioner 1
Mark Barrows ...
Hannah Blamires ...
Nathanjohn Carter ...
Attaché to Bruce Babbish
Lian Hooper
TV cameraman
Ruby Hoynes
Kate Maravan ...
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Government minister Aiden Hoynes launches an attack on the prime minister's immigration policy and makes a leadership bid but is forced to resign after it is thwarted by fellow minister Bruce Babbish. The resignation prompts a cabinet reshuffle in which Aiden's supportive wife Freya,also a politician,is offered the ministry of work and pensions. Aiden urges her to accept so that she can carry on challenging the immigration policy,surrounding her with his own former staff. Freya does indeed accept whilst Aiden becomes a house husband,driving their autistic son Noah to school. However,in her first television interview Freya implies that she does not support her husband's views on immigration after all. Written by don @ minifie-1

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"The Politician's Husband" was written by Paula Milne, the same screenwriter as "The Politician's Wife," which aired on BBC Channel 4 in 1995, and subsequently on PBS. They do not have the same characters. See more »


Aiden Hoynes: I therefore came to the reluctant conclusion that I could no longer serve in my right honorable friend's government.
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References Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) See more »

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Emily Watson is Nothing Less Than Breathtakingly Magificent
28 October 2013 | by (London) – See all my reviews

It is clear from the start of this series that Emily Watson is about to set our television screens afire with a performance unlike anything ever seen in broadcasting history. Her portrait of Freya is of such eloquence, of such intricate beauty, that it will stun audiences senseless with its sheer power. Watson's acclaimed smoldering sensuality seems to be even more intensely moving than usual here and she uses it to fantastic affect, with her co-star as well as the viewer. Unfortunately, the chemistry is simply not there with Tenant and it would take a much finer actor to ignite the passions in the same fashion as Emily Watson. Her performance will be remembered for all time as one of the most magnificent ever to engross audiences in any forum and it is obvious she has even more gifts she has not yet even accessed as yet. She seems to feel, perhaps modestly, that some of the naked power of this performance must be held back, contained so as not to overwhelm David Tenant's presence in this piece. There is one scene, for instance, where Tenant simply places a shoe on Watson's foot and it may be one of the most openly sexually intense moments ever filmed due the look in Watson's eyes and the way Tenant seems to, in actual reality, melt before them. Often, Watson uses her body as a great musician uses a fine instrument and this is a perfect example of that artistry. It is a scene no one who sees it will ever forget, the heat emanating from deep within her soul and unrelenting in its searing, nuclear-like radiation. If Watson ever decides to unleash her full power as an actor, it may well be more than any audience can bear. For the time being, viewers will be pummeled dazedly by her incredible talent as demonstrated in the unbelievable, stunningly beautiful work she does in this otherwise mundane production. Once what she achieves in this series reaches the shores of America, the thunder of applause will echo across the Atlantic as Americans rise as one in uncontrollable adoration of Emily Watson in another of her greatest screen triumphs.

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