WATCH: David Tennant and Emily Watson in ‘The Politician’s Husband’

David Tennant and Emily Watson in 'The Politician's Husband'

Oh hello, David Tennant, is that you back again with another quality drama (for U.K. fans, at least), before Broadchurch has even left the airwaves?

Not that anyone is complaining, mind you, it’s always a treat to see that toothy grin of yours. And I see you’ve brought a friend along with you too. Is that the lovely Emily Watson, her from War Horse? So it is!

And you say you’re in a new three-part drama called The Politician’s Husband, which is coming to BBC2 on April 25? Well how marvelous! It sounds like a sort of sequel to the BAFTA-winning The Politician’s Wife, and that’s probably because they were both written by Paula Milne.

I expect it’ll be a snarling political affair, across family lines, in which a career politician called Aiden (that’s you!) faces a stiff challenge from his ambitious wife Freya (Emily) when his career in Westminster suddenly takes a turn for the worst.

And is there a nice long interview anywhere, where we can all read your thoughts about the role? Something like this:

“The character I play in the drama is Aiden Hoynes. He’s a member of the cabinet and he’s very well regarded. He’s clearly seen as a potential leader of the future. It’s probably not helpful to find real-life political candidates to cast him as – I didn’t base him on one particular individual (which is probably just as well because I don’t think that would have done anyone any favors!). But he’s certainly a man who’s doing very well for himself.”

Or this:

“Aiden has a very solid marriage with Freya, played by the magnificent Emily Watson. She’s also an MP and doing quite well for herself, though she’s playing second fiddle to Aiden, who is the high flier. But they work very well together and they’ve always supported each other. In fact we learn quite early on that she writes Aiden’s speeches.

“But when the wave of support they expected to carry Aiden to his coronation evaporates in front of him, the roles are reversed. Aiden loses his frontbench job and Freya finds herself brought into the cabinet. And a marriage which had seemed so strong and impregnable suddenly finds that its fault lines have been exposed, and they have to cope with this very different power structure within their relationship.”

Or even this:

“What will real MPs make of the drama? I think they’ll love it. They’ll love it because at the end of the day it’s a great bit of drama. It’s got all the hooks and surprises of a thriller, but with the depth and the texture of a quality character piece – because it’s written by Paula Milne, and she knows what she’s doing.”

There is? How delightful.

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2. He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage. Fraser invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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