|The Politician's Husband|
|Written by||Paula Milne|
|Directed by||Simon Cellan Jones|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||3|
|Executive producer(s)|| David Aukin |
|Running time||57 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Daybreak Pictures|
|Original network||BBC Two|
|Picture format||16:9 1080i|
|Original release||25 April –|
9 May 2013
|Related shows||The Politician's Wife|
The Politician's Husband is a three-episode British television miniseries, first shown on BBC Two between 25 April and 9 May 2013.Written by Paula Milne, it makes a pair with her 1995 drama The Politician's Wife .
Senior Cabinet minister Aiden Hoynes (David Tennant) and his wife Freya Gardner (Emily Watson) are a high-flying golden political couple. Hoynes resigns from his post as part of a planned leadership bid, which is thwarted when his friend, the equally ambitious Bruce Babbish (Ed Stoppard), condemns Aiden's resignation and inflammatory resignation speech. Babbish is aided by Chief Whip Marcus Brock (Roger Allam), who plans to help the former in his own leadership bid. Freya, who had to temporarily stall her career to look after her and Aiden's two children, Noah and Ruby, replaces Aiden in Cabinet. Away from Westminster, husband and wife face an uncertain future as they come to terms with the diagnosis that Noah (Oscar Kennedy) has Asperger syndrome.
Desperate to salvage his political career, Aiden convinces Freya to bide her time until an opportune moment in which she can pledge support to her husband's position, thus undermining the current Prime Minister. However, soon afterward, on a television interview, Freya is asked point-blank if she supports her husband's reasons for resigning, and she reluctantly says she does not. Aiden initially reacts with rage but later reasons that it was the only answer his wife could give if she hoped to save her job. The two seem to make up, but then Aiden rapes Freya later that night. Aiden leaves the room crying and later apologises to his wife for his actions.
Aiden and Freya slowly attempt to mend their relationship. Undermining their efforts are the necessity that Freya work closely with Bruce due to the close linkage of their departments (Work and Pensions, and Welfare and Employment, respectively), leading Aiden to become paranoid that his wife and Bruce will have an affair. The couple's au pair Dita (Anamaria Marinca) attempts to seduce Aiden, is rebuffed, then later quits and tells numerous tabloids she and Aiden were having an affair. Freya stands by her husband, believing his claims of innocence. Aiden, however has become convinced that Freya is now sleeping with Bruce, though unknown to him Freya has already rejected Bruce's attempts at seducing her. Aiden's father Joe (Jack Shepherd) stays with the family to fill in for Dita.
Aiden calls a meeting with Bruce, telling the latter he wants to mend their relationship for Freya's sake. He offers Bruce a revolutionary plan to provide much-needed elder care through incentives offered to qualified immigrants, overseen by a local start-up management company. Bruce accepts the plan and readies to propose it, meeting with the management firm. With Bruce occupied, Aiden makes a speech in the House of Commons decrying the current government as lacking ethics, which makes headlines. The next day, Bruce is forced to resign when it is revealed that the firm representatives he met were actually undercover reporters, tipped off by Aiden, and that they have video of him soliciting and accepting bribes from them.
Bruce confronts Aiden and Freya, accusing them of having conspired against him. Freya doesn't believe the accusation but later finds a draft of the plan in Aiden's home office. She accuses him of being unable to cope with no longer being "on top" in the relationship and confronts him over how his deception nearly ended her own career. Then, she becomes mortified when she realises that was his intent. Aiden accuses Freya of sleeping with Bruce and claims his scheme was meant to restore things to the way they originally were, before realising that this means the end of their marriage.
That night, Aiden's father berates him for what he has done. The next morning, the couple's daughter, Ruby, finds Aiden's father dead in the back yard, having died walking back from Aiden's office. After the funeral, Freya makes arrangements for Aiden to move out.
Six months later, Aiden has seemingly been elected Prime Minister, with Freya as his Deputy Prime Minister. However, they only remain married for political purposes. They share a brief private moment before their first cabinet meeting, comprising staring at each other emotionlessly. As the cabinet files in, a brief exchange with Marcus Brock reveals that it is Freya, not Aiden, who has been elected Prime Minister.
Writer Paula Milne has revealed that character names were drawn from the successful American political drama, The West Wing .
The President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka is the Executive head of state and head of government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and commander-in-chief of the Sri Lanka Armed Forces.
Robert Offley Ashburton Crewe-Milnes, 1st Marquess of Crewe,, known as The Lord Houghton from 1885 to 1895 and as The Earl of Crewe from 1895 to 1911, was a British Liberal politician, statesman and writer.
Emma Margaret Asquith, Countess of Oxford and Asquith, known as Margot Asquith, was a British socialite, author, and wit. She was married to H. H. Asquith, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, from 1894 until his death in 1928.
The Year My Voice Broke is a 1987 coming of age drama film written and directed by John Duigan and starring Noah Taylor, Loene Carmen, and Ben Mendelsohn. Set in 1962 in the rural Southern Tablelands of New South Wales, it was the first in a projected trilogy of films centred on the experiences of an awkward Australian boy, based on the childhood of writer/director John Duigan. The film itself is a series of interconnected segments narrated by Danny who recollects how he and Freya grew apart over the course of one year. Although the trilogy never came to fruition, it was followed by a 1991 sequel, Flirting. The film was the recipient of the 1987 Australian Film Institute Award for Best Film, a prize which Flirting also won in 1990.
The Palliser novels are six novels by Anthony Trollope. They were more commonly known as the Parliamentary Novels.
Sarah Charlotte, Lady Campbell-Bannerman was the wife of British Prime Minister Henry Campbell-Bannerman.
The Spencer family is a fictional family on the American soap opera General Hospital. The family is created by Douglas Marland and first introduced in 1977 when Bobbie Spencer arrives in Port Charles. Bobbie's brother, Luke arrived a year later in 1978. Supercouple Luke and Laura Spencer are part of this family, known for their romance and many adventures. The Spencer family is characterized as an adventurous bunch, but many in the family have struggled with various types of substance abuse. They are known for their longstanding feud with the Cassadine family. The family is currently represented by: Laura, Lulu, Bobbie, Carly, Lucas, Valerie, Michael, Josslyn, Cameron, Jake, Aiden, Rocco, Charlotte, Jonah and Donna. The Spencers are the owners of the Haunted Star yacht, which is a staple establishment in the Port Charles community.
Katharine Elliot, Baroness Elliot of Harwood DBE was a British public servant and politician.
Chi is a fictional character in the manga series Chobits and its anime adaptation. Chi is a Chobit, a type of personal computer called a persocom that is far more technologically advanced than regular persocoms, and who are said to possess true machine intelligence rather than relying on software programs like other persocoms. She is found by Hideki, a high school graduate who has no idea about her unique abilities or of her past. Over the course of the series Hideki tries to discover what type of persocom Chi is, being told that she is something special. He finds her a job, and has to deal with her being kidnapped at one point. Chi learns about the things around her and what it means to be in love. At the end of the series, Chi finds the person "just for her", and her forgotten identity is revealed, causing Hideki to confront his feelings.
Palimos ng Pag-ibig is a Philippine drama series aired by ABS-CBN. It is a remake of the 1986 film of the same name. It is the first installment of Sineserye Presents.
John Matthew Patrick Hutton, Baron Hutton of Furness, is a British Labour politician who was Member of Parliament (MP) for Barrow and Furness from 1992 to 2010 and served in a number of Cabinet offices, including Defence Secretary and Business Secretary. He is now the Chairman of the Royal United Services Institute.
Amy Juliet Adams is a member of the New Zealand Parliament and was Minister of Justice.
Paula Milne is a British screenwriter. Her works include The Politician's Wife, The Virgin Queen, Chandler & Co, Die Kinder, Second Sight, Driving Ambition, Small Island and Endgame.
The Politician's Wife is a British television political drama broadcast on Channel 4 in 1995, written by Paula Milne, and starring Trevor Eve and Juliet Stevenson. Milne returned to the same themes in her BBC 2 drama miniseries, The Politician's Husband (2013).
Freya is a tabby cat owned by the former Chancellor of the Exchequer of the United Kingdom George Osborne and his family.
Ethel Dunlop Bruce, Viscountess Bruce of Melbourne was the wife of Stanley Bruce, who served as Prime Minister of Australia from 1923 to 1929. She was the first prime minister's wife to live at The Lodge.
Kathleen Manners, Duchess of Rutland was an English aristocrat and the wife of John Manners, 9th Duke of Rutland.
Louisa Theodosia Jenkinson, Countess of Liverpool (née Hervey,) was a British noblewoman and the first wife of Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool who served as Prime Minister from 1812 to 1827.