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The Politician's Wife 

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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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Series cast summary:
Juliet Stevenson ...  Flora Matlock 3 episodes, 1995
Trevor Eve ...  Duncan Matlock 3 episodes, 1995
Anton Lesser ...  Mark Hollister 3 episodes, 1995
Ian Bannen ...  Sir Donald Frazier 3 episodes, 1995
Ian Puleston-Davies ...  Youth Programme Host 3 episodes, 1995
Claire Vousden ...  Duncan's Secretary 3 episodes, 1995
Crispin Redman ...  Duncan's Assistant 2 / ... 3 episodes, 1995
Stephen Boxer ...  Colin Fletcher 3 episodes, 1995
Katie Donnison Katie Donnison ...  Joanna Matlock 3 episodes, 1995
Stuart Piper Stuart Piper ...  Paul Matlock 3 episodes, 1995
Charmian May ...  Mrs. Lucas 3 episodes, 1995
Patrick Drury Patrick Drury ...  Ian Ruby Smith 3 episodes, 1995
Frederick Treves ...  Clive Woodley 3 episodes, 1995
David Prescott David Prescott ...  Mindermere Reporter / ... 3 episodes, 1995
Michael Harbour Michael Harbour ...  Roger Gravely 3 episodes, 1995
Andrew Hilton Andrew Hilton ...  Hugo Patterson 3 episodes, 1995
Joanne Zorian ...  Breakfast TV Presenter 3 episodes, 1995
Gary Cady Gary Cady ...  Alistair Drummond 3 episodes, 1995
Trevor Baxter ...  Gordon Naylor 3 episodes, 1995
Chris Donat Chris Donat ...  TV newsman / ... 3 episodes, 1995
Minnie Driver ...  Jennifer Caird 3 episodes, 1995
David Solomon David Solomon ...  Jennifer's Solicitor 3 episodes, 1995
Aline Mowat Aline Mowat ...  Woman Reporter 3 episodes, 1995
Diana Fairfax ...  Rosalind Clegg 3 episodes, 1995
Lisa Jacobs Lisa Jacobs ...  Margot 3 episodes, 1995
Mark Powley ...  John 3 episodes, 1995
David Auker ...  Labour Party member / ... 2 episodes, 1995
Penny Bunton Penny Bunton ...  Lydia Gibb 2 episodes, 1995
Jack Chissick ...  Labour Party member / ... 2 episodes, 1995
Max Digby Max Digby ...  Young Tory 2 episodes, 1995
Sue Edelson Sue Edelson ...  TV political commentator / ... 2 episodes, 1995
Jackie Everett Jackie Everett ...  Female demonstrator / ... 2 episodes, 1995
Edward Highmore Edward Highmore ...  Club Waiter 2 episodes, 1995
Joe Hutton Joe Hutton ...  Male Demonstrator 2 episodes, 1995
Iain Marshall Iain Marshall ...  Reporter 2 episodes, 1995
Lloyd McGuire ...  Trade Union Representative 2 episodes, 1995
Fidelis Morgan ...  Rachel Gold 2 episodes, 1995
Richard Philips Richard Philips ...  TV Interviewer 2 episodes, 1995
Shirley Anne Selby Shirley Anne Selby ...  2nd Female Demonstrator 2 episodes, 1995
Marc Sinden ...  Martyn Price 2 episodes, 1995
Peter Sproule Peter Sproule ...  School's Reporter 2 episodes, 1995
Jonathan Whaley Jonathan Whaley ...  Reporter 1 2 episodes, 1995
James Woolley ...  Conservative Committee Member 2 episodes, 1995
Sarah Wynter Sarah Wynter ...  Liberal Democratic Committee 2 episodes, 1995
Jacqueline Tong ...  Suzie 2 episodes, 1995
Julie Dawn Cole ...  Angie 2 episodes, 1995
Roger Brierley Roger Brierley ...  Housemaster 2 episodes, 1995
Veronica Clifford ...  Veronica Weston 2 episodes, 1995
Mark Fowley Mark Fowley ...  John 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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The three parts are entitled "Stand By Him", "Echo Chamber" and "Body Politic". See more »

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political & personal
13 September 2001 | by eddie-83See 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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7 January 1996 (USA) See more »

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