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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 ... See full summary »


Simon Cellan Jones


Paula Milne




Episode credited cast:
Roger Allam ... Marcus Brock
June Bailey June Bailey ... Pensioner 1
Mark Barrows Mark Barrows ... Senior Civil Servant
Tim Bentinck ... Freddy Seabourn
Hannah Blamires Hannah Blamires ... Civil Servant
Nathanjohn Carter Nathanjohn Carter ... Attaché to Bruce Babbish
Simon Chandler ... Cliff Lyman
Chipo Chung ... Lian Hooper
Lee Nicholas Harris ... TV cameraman
Lucy Hutchinson ... Ruby Hoynes
Harmage Singh Kalirai ... Muslim Constituent
Phelim Kelly ... MP
Oscar Kennedy ... Noah Hoynes
Sylvestra Le Touzel ... Diane
Kate Maravan Kate Maravan ... Sky Reporter


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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25 April 2013 (UK) See more »

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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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Strong start to the mini series.
10 August 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

I have always felt there's a lack of Political themed dramas in the UK, fairly popular in the U.S. but sadly not here, a topic that effects us all in every possible way. So a look, albeit dramatised and sensationalised into the workings of Westminster is too intriguing to avoid.

The drama itself is perhaps tame when one considers the current Political goings on, Brexit, Boris Johnson, Theresa May etc, but this tale of deceit and revenge makes for intriguing viewing.

I'm a massive David Tennant fan, still my number one Doctor Who since the show's return, but I find myself in agreement with the other reviewer here, I feel he's slightly shadowed by the sheer quality of Emily Watson's acting, such a supreme talent, she acts without even needing to speak, a true talent. Tennant is great, as too is the fantastic Ed Stoppard, who was brilliantly cast, a handsome guy, with the attributes you'd expect a Politician to have, as you look at him you're aware he'd sell his own Granny out to climb the Political ladder.

Some great moments, the best coming when Freya gives Kirsty a television interview, Tennant's betrayed reaction was fantastic.

Really enjoyed, 8/10.

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