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

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  • 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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14 of 14 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm on 27 July 2013
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Great acting and excellent writing have stood the test of time and this could have been written today rather than 10 years ago.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mary fleet. on 7 Jan 2013
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i really enjoyed this dvd fine acting by a very strong cast will definately watch it again in the future.
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By Kendra on 16 Mar 2008
Format: DVD
We watched the entire three part (though only 187 minutes, I think) movie last night and woke up to the newest political scandal with Eliot Spitzer. How timely!

This is a very good film about Flora, married to the Minister of Family whom espouses family values. Sure enough, the movie starts with Duncan, her husband, coming home with his entourage and having to let his wife know about his one-night stand with another woman, since the press has found out and they are about to be hounded.

Flora is absolutely broken-hearted. And, to make matters worse, nobody seems to show true sympathy to her for her heartbreak-- instead, everybody is concerned about Duncan keeping his position and about the "Party" (suffice it to say this has a definite liberal bias, but it's really not too bad).

Her father is even a creep. Flora comes down in the middle of the night and sees her father (one of the "party's" cronies) and when he begins to let her know how upset he is about Duncan's infidelity, Flora assumes she will be shown some concern. However, the dad is only concerned about himself and his upset is due to his fear that Duncan will go down and that his own future will be ruined. Despicable characters-- all of them!

Anyways, soon Flora receives an anonymous tape with very explicit recordings of some phone sex her husband took part in with the woman he was having an affair with. She soon recognizes that this was no "one-time" fling, but a serious affair that took place over the better part of a year and was very very serious. She begins to really despise her husband, while at the same time hanging on to the bit of love she once had for him. This part of the movie is interesting. It's obvious (to us) that she begins to really hate him-- hate his character and lack thereof.
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