The Politician's Wife 1995

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The complete serial on one tape starring Juliet Stevenson as the betrayed wife of Trevor Eve's Conservative Government Minister for the Family. When the scandal breaks Flora finds herself caught up in a damage limitation exercise, smiling meekly at her husband's side for photo opportunities. Inside though, Flora burns with the desire for revenge, determined to act on it.

Starring:
Juliet Stevenson, Minnie Driver
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 3 hours 5 minutes
Starring Juliet Stevenson, Minnie Driver, Anton Lesser, Trevor Eve, Frederick Treves, Ian Bannen
Director Graham Theakston
Genres Drama
Studio ACORN MEDIA
Rental release 6 June 2011
Main languages English

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. D. White on 4 July 2011
Format: DVD
A gripping turn-of-events political drama from the 90s when Channel 4 seemed to be churning out quality drama series. Superb performances from Trevor Eve and Juliet Stevenson who, even with an incredible script, just add a whole other dimension to the show. Bonus points for casting Minnie Driver in the pivotal supporting role - one of my favourite actresses. If you dont believe me when I say how cool this show is, the DVD itself plugs the awards it won at the time
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ms. H. Sinton on 5 April 2005
Format: DVD
Flora is happily married to Duncan (Trevor Eve), or so she thinks. Duncan is a government minister and away in London all week leaving Flora in their country home, bringing up their two children and playing the role of a typical Conservative housewife. Her illusions are shattered when the tabloids get hold of a story linking her husband with a glamorous younger woman. Initially she is talked into forgiving what her husband told her was a 'one night stand' but as the truth is revealed and she realises this was a long standing affair, Flora decides to get her revenge.
Making good use of her air of naivety and innocence, Flora (brilliantly played by Juliet Stevenson) uses the contacts she has in parliament, and her husbands constituents, to systematically decimate her husbands reputation and career. The look on Duncan's face when he realises who was behind his downfall is priceless. This 'made for TV' production should put the fear of God into any husband thinking of straying....as the saying goes; Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME on 8 May 2007
Format: DVD
`The Politician's Wife' is a fascinating drama, a revenge story of the first order, and a good rendition of post-Thatcher politics shortly before the fall of the Conservative Party, in part due to charges of corruption from being so long in office. This is a Channel Four production, also shown on the PBS series (heavily edited) `Masterpiece Theatre' in the United States.

This is a drama as a triptych. The first part is discovery, the second part failed reconciliation and aftermath, with the third part revenge. Flora Matlock is a perfect politician's wife - dutiful, full of charm and good works, reasonably stylish without being ostentatious, and definitely one not to outshine her rising-star ministerial husband. Coming from a family with a political background (her father is himself an almost-has-been in the Party, hoping to hitch himself to the rising Duncan Matlock), she was the `right sort' who could be counted on to act in such a way as was `meet and right so to do'. But Duncan has a secret that has just been revealed.

Flora discovers her husband's affair first from the media onslaught that occurs as a result of the press getting hold of the story. Duncan Matlock enlists the aid of the various party members, including Flora's own father, to pressure her to forgive him, not just for the sake of their marriage, but for the sake of the party; they hope that her party-political upbringing will help her to `see reason' in this process.

However, there is one party functionary who does not like what is going on (Mark Hollister, a middle-weight player in the party, who perhaps sees the fall of Duncan Matlock as his opportunity to rise in the party). Duncan Matlock had described his affair with Jennifer Caird in very generic, disarming terms to Flora.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Monette on 11 Dec 2012
Format: DVD
As The Politican's Wife, Juliet Stevenson is nothing short of brilliant. Married to a handsome, ambitious TomCat politician (Trevor Eve), the quiet, reserved and rather plain wife ever so subtly uses her knowledge of the political world's workings to exact revenge and make her own life. The supporting cast is excellent and the script is brilliant. Like any really good drama, it keeps the viewer hooked with twists and turns and wondering what will happen next.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Haschka HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Jan 2005
Format: DVD
THE POLITICIAN'S WIFE is further evidence that even talented men are ruled by gonadal impulses and should leave the heavy mental lifting to the ladies.
Flora (Juliet Stevenson) is married to a junior Cabinet minister in Her Majesty's Government, Duncan Matlock (Trevor Eve). Duncan gets caught up in a scandal, which, because he's a Tory in a Conservative administration, is sexual in nature - he's linked to an escort babe (Minnie Driver). Though Duncan declares to Flora that it was a one-off affair, it becomes apparent to the latter and the audience during the first installment of this three-episode telly miniseries that the trysts continue. Indeed, Flora has her nose rubbed in it when she comes into possession of tapes of Duncan and his tart having phone sex. It's devastating stuff. So, while pretending to be the loyal wife standing at her husband's side during damage control efforts by the local Conservative organization, and while Duncan himself strives to get a piece of controversial legislation through Parliament, Flora stage-manages his political downfall with the unwitting aid of a powerful Tory Mr. Fixit, smoothly played by Ian Bannen (the schemer of WAKING NED DEVINE), since deceased.
The performances by all actors involved are top drawer. Indeed, Duncan is the male pig you love to hate, and he's a politician besides. Eeeuw! But THE POLITICIAN'S WIFE is a one-woman show, and Juliet Stevenson is the one you pay to watch as her Flora persona picks herself off the floor - kicked while down - and gives hubby his just desserts. There are times when, as Flora gazes at her spouse as if he's an interesting lab specimen, you can almost hear the wheels in her head turning, turning, turning, and you know the man is doomed.
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