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.
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.
Duncan Matlock is Minister for the Family, this but a stepping stone to what he intends to achieve. Suddenly the media excitedly exposes his sexual indiscretions. He will need all his wits to survive. Wronged wife Flora is determined he will not. Slowly but surely she plots his downfall....
With everything so topical, it is hard to believe this three part serial came out in 1995, size of telephones the main giveaway. Trevor Eve impresses as the ruthless lovecheat, so adept at manipulating and turning the truth on its head. Juliet Stevenson is superb as his nemesis, outwardly so dignified and supportive whilst secretly ensuring for him there will be no escape.
"Morse" composer Barrington Pheloung's score ideally complements, never intrudes.
A sign of our times: circumstances depicted here are tame considering certain political scandals since, investigations into some of them still ongoing.
No bonuses worth mentioning. Just three hours of pleasure.
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