Tennant (Fright Night, Dr Who, Hamlet, Casanova) and Emily Watson (Appropriate Adult, War Horse, Oranges and Sunshine) will
star as husband and wife in Paula Milne's (White Heat, Endgame, Small Island, The Virgin Queen, The Fragile Heart, The Politician's
Wife) new drama The Politician's Husband, a 3 part serial about marriage, power and politics. A bookend to the multi award
winning The Politician's Wife. The Politician's Husband will be produced for BBC Two by Daybreak Pictures and directed by
Simon Cellan Jones (Our Friends in the North, The Borgias, Boardwalk Empire).
A highly authored, gripping drama The Politician's Husband
follows the shifting balance of power in a political marriage and the ensuing consequences when a wife becomes more successful
than her husband.
Writer and creator, Paula Milne, said: "It is said that all power corrupts but the power balance within
a marriage can be unspoken and subtle whereas the power games in politics are more overt and manipulatory. The drama explores
the personal realm of a political marriage played against the ruthless hubris of Westminster politics - and what can happen
when those two realms collide. "
Senior Cabinet Minister, Aiden Hoynes (Tennant), is happily married to Freya (Watson),
a junior Minister. When we initially meet Aiden he is considered to be a rising star in Westminster. He went into Parliament
driven by idealism but after his son Noah was diagnosed with Aspergers he allowed himself to be sucked into the power games
of Westminster. It was somewhere to hide.
Freya Gardner (Watson), although equally able she had to put the brakes on her own
political career in order to provide stability for the family. Even so, as a Junior Minister, most recognize she is a political
star in the making.
David Aukin, Executive Producer and Creative Executive for Daybreak Pictures, adds: "We're delighted
to be working again with Paula Milne who has delivered not only a cracking political thriller, but a forensic dissection of
a modern marriage."
Bruce Babbish played by Ed Stoppard (Upstairs Downstairs, Any Human Heart) is one of Aiden's closet friends. Bruce
chose a political career, not out of ideology but because it suited his Machiavellian nature and lust for power and its trappings.
For him the fun lies in the chase, in second guessing your opponents. Bruce is ambitious and even Aiden isn't immune from
his friend's ruthless streak.
The stellar cast also includes: Jack Shepherd (The Nativity, WyCliffe) as Aiden's Father Joe, Roger Allam
(The Queen, The Thick of It) as Chief Whip Marcus Fitzwallace and Oscar Kennedy (Toast, Great Expectations, Hunted) as the
Hoynes' son Noah.
The drama began shooting this month on location in London. Commissioned by Janice Hadlow Controller, BBC Two and
Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning. This is a Daybreak Pictures production, executive producer for Daybreak
Pictures is David Aukin (The Promise, Endgame, Mrs Henderson Presents), the director is Simon Cellan Jones and producer is
Hal Vogel (The Promise, Endgame, The Trial of Tony Blair). Executive producer for the BBC is Lucy Richer.
Many thanks to the BBC for sending
us this press release.