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The Politicians Husband…?

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recall Thu 25-Apr-13 21:15:00

Anyone watching ?

StiffyByng Fri 03-May-13 19:01:14

I've met a few politicians and I don't think the characters are implausible, but the processes are utter nonsense, which makes me less engaged with it.

decaffwithcream Fri 03-May-13 19:35:11

I do think it's a bit heavy-handed - rain/dark/storm/ominous music for him sitting at the table waiting for her. They could just let the actual drama of the moment speak for itself a bit. And some of the dialogue is so predictable. I think if it hadn't got David Tennant and Emily Watson to carry it off that would be a lot more obvious though.

That said, I watched it this morning and it was still in my head when I went to get the paper. I was momentarily surprised that Bruce's response to the tweet wasn't important enough to be on the front page of the Guardian.

LauraShigihara Fri 03-May-13 19:41:43

I really enjoyed the first episode but only saw part of the second (DH was in a chatty mood) although I saw that scene. I watched it through my fingers.

I am properly gaffawing at Stiffybyng's mil and the pork though grin

MavisGrind Fri 03-May-13 20:12:31

As I've recently been watching back to back episodes of the old series of The West Wing, I too picked up on the references. It also, momentarily, made me think that they are all real afterall... blush

Still don't like DTs hair <shallow> but have enjoyed - if that's the right word - this so far. Can't help thinking they wont be able to conclude it well on only one more episode though.

sudaname Fri 03-May-13 22:01:58

My DH is a builder and just remembered when the vile DT character spat on his hand he piped up 'Ooh a plumbers wiipe'

Yet another building site phrase that l wish l could just unhear. There have been a few.

bean612 Fri 03-May-13 22:46:28

Well I'm quite enjoying the story but the dialogue is terrible! Am surprised that actors with the calibre of EW and DT didn't throw the script across the room...

bean612 Fri 03-May-13 22:48:10

Ooh, and also - what's with Emily Watson's shirts? Why doesn't she tuck them in? That whole shirt hanging out thing makes her look both frumpy and also like a teenage schoolgirl. Weird.

Diamondcassis Fri 03-May-13 23:16:43

Is it me or do they have a phenomemal amount of ferocious sex? That scene was clearly something else but the least real part of it seems to be the sex life of two busy professional parents. No?

teejwood Fri 03-May-13 23:18:42

shock and grin at those who watched it with family members in the room/recommended it to people. And sudaname I dread to think what else you have heard!

bean I think she's doing that "older mum of 2-kids hiding the wobble tum and failing" thing. Emily Watson probably doesn't need it Ido

teejwood Fri 03-May-13 23:21:59

Diamond as has been said upthread, they obviously have a regular sex life, which is quite energetic/competitive/combative in nature, which kind of reflects their relationship - hence Aiden's use of sex as a weapon to assert power between the two of them and his unwillingness to shag the nanny as he doesn't love/fancy/have a challenge with her.

MadameOvary Fri 03-May-13 23:22:56

It reminds me of "Mistresses" - really quite hokey but compulsively watchable all the same because of the decent actors. The script is decidely average though, and you just KNEW that something was going to happen with his DS in the pool because of the massive great sign posts of his DF fiddling with his hearing aid and Aiden buggering off to use his phone. Subtle it wasn't!
I'll keep on watching but would like to watch a drama where I am properly surprised by stuff like this. Also knew that the boy's aspergers was going to be used as a plot device <rolls eyes>

teejwood Fri 03-May-13 23:24:49

It was Southeast who said earlier that it is good to see a real couple enjoy a real sex life - until the AR bit, obviously - and I'd agree with that.

recall Fri 03-May-13 23:26:13

The Politician and her husband have my sofa…I feel very posh now, and I have the bigger versions too…very exciting.

MadameOvary Fri 03-May-13 23:27:04

Also... <warms to subject> I wonder if parents of DC with ASD thought of it? Seems a dx was obtained quite late on...

teejwood Fri 03-May-13 23:27:58

"Subtle it wasn't!" - quoted for truth, MmeOvary grin and yy easy to see that there was going to be an incident in the pool. I expected Aiden to make a drama out of the whole thing and ask someone else to fish out Noah, though - quite liked the fact he jumped in coat and all....
<echoes of Colin Firth's Mr Darcy emoticon>

teejwood Fri 03-May-13 23:30:28

According to the interviews on the BBC website, the writer's nephew is on the spectrum (iirc) and a mother came to speak with the cast about her experiences of parenting a child with Aspergers

Diamondcassis Fri 03-May-13 23:31:44

Exc AR, the sex still looks facticious to me, in that real couples like them get too tired to get it on that often. Maybe just the ones I know.

idlevice Fri 03-May-13 23:44:39

Does anyone still use a diaphragm or cap for contraception? That certainly seemed not very realistic, & anyway you'd notice there was a hole in it when washing it out so plenty of time for morning-after-pill.

diddl Sat 04-May-13 07:39:28

And of course having a baby means that you can't work ever again...hmm

Xenia Sat 04-May-13 08:23:42

One hopes if she gets pregnant she will take 2 weeks off in the style of Xenia and dump it on the awful husband. That would be a nice touch - he thinks it means her career is over and instead he will be spending most of the day holding a crying baby.

ppeatfruit Sat 04-May-13 09:31:45

So they like it rough it wasn't rape then? Role play? grin For 2 professionals they seem very relaxed indeed grin

Xenia Sat 04-May-13 09:39:53

I think that was left unclear, perhaps deliberately ambiguous.

The sex sells TV shows, but does not reflect the reality for most couples with children I assume - the frequency of it, the doing it when you get back very late and tired and have been married 10 years. Artistic licence.

Pity it is still remarkable when women earn more than men though.... feminism has a long way to go yet.

OliviaMMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 04-May-13 11:30:02

I only heard Hoynes - missed the other WW links
(not like me)
The power play sex was rather hmm
but I am enjoying it v much.

ppeatfruit Sat 04-May-13 12:07:28

I fancy DT but from the front his hair looked like a bad toupee and then there was a side shot and it looked fine! weird grin

poppys2012 Sat 04-May-13 12:41:39

I like the way the characters are slowly unfolding i shouted a rude word B*****d at the TV last week, i have the suspicion it is really like that in Parliament with all the sneaky goings on! I think the Nanny has the spotlight in next weeks episode

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