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The Politicians Husband…?

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

Anyone watching ?

LadyClariceCannockMonty Sun 05-May-13 19:20:49

No, he does, it's embarrassing. Couldn't his character just be Scottish and save us all the misery?

Eliza22 Sun 05-May-13 19:47:00

Actually, I rate him highly but am getting a bit tired of his mush on everything. grin

nennypops Mon 06-May-13 09:09:30

I'm hoping that the scene where he goes to lie beside his sleeping son is a signpost to him becoming a better person, because previously he's tended to view him as a nuisance. This series does seem to go in for dirty great metaphors like that, e.g. with their sex lives. Anyone notice how when they had sex after he lost his job, it was her on top? Then of course there was the AR, followed by the time when he couldn't do it, followed by the sabotage to her diaphragm. So I strongly suspect the issue with the nanny is going to be equally symbolic, though I can't quite work out how.

changeforthebetter Mon 06-May-13 18:56:31

Bit annoyed that DT slips into Scottish accent periodically and annoyed by the shirt over skirt (spent a good part of the 90s working that look - it was crap grin)

changeforthebetter Mon 06-May-13 18:58:58

Ps <whispers> apart from 'Hoynes' what are the other WW references? Complete WW devotee but not picking them up blush

OliviaMMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 06-May-13 20:28:43


Ps <whispers> apart from 'Hoynes' what are the other WW references? Complete WW devotee but not picking them up blush

Me neither - Bruce the best friend is Babbish a la Oliver the White House Counsel
There was apparently a mention of both Seaborn <swoon> and Moss but I missed 'em both, too.

changeforthebetter Mon 06-May-13 20:37:11

Grr hate missing WW insider-references <annoyed, WW-freak face> TPH is not bad but c'mon, referencing WW doesn't make it <that> good. DT is a massive fan, come to think of it. Didn't he win the pre-final ep on Channel 4?? He even knew Snuffy G Walden FGS

wintera Mon 06-May-13 23:08:11

I get annoyed when these dramas show the wife always going to bed/sleeping in a negligee. I don't know any woman at all who goes to bed in a negligee type nightie.

2rebecca Mon 06-May-13 23:22:34

Agree, if it's cold enough for night attire then i wear something warm. If it's warm i sleep naked, so do most people I know of my generation (born 1960s)

ppeatfruit Tue 07-May-13 10:51:02

Maybe DT has a thing for negligees grin

wintera Tue 07-May-13 11:28:03

Well maybe he does, most men do I should think but seriously, most busy Mums don't get into bed with a friggin negligee on. I fall into bed at night with a baggy t shirt on or in the nip if I'm boiling! Lol.

OliviaMMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 07-May-13 14:21:16


Grr hate missing WW insider-references <annoyed, WW-freak face> TPH is not bad but c'mon, referencing WW doesn't make it <that> good. DT is a massive fan, come to think of it. Didn't he win the pre-final ep on Channel 4?? He even knew Snuffy G Walden FGS

I heart him even more now

ppeatfruit Tue 07-May-13 16:05:36

I did mean the character DT plays of course; its not RL folks!!! I hate anything nylony especially in bed the same as you*wintera*!

polyhymnia Wed 08-May-13 13:58:15

Two shalliw comments
Agree it's odd EW sleeps in what looks like a black full length slip.
And that DT's (of whom Im a big fan) frosted hair is not a good look. Not sure if it's meant to suggest greying - if so have never seen anyone go grey like that - but it lolike more like he's had some not vet well done highlights!

sonu678 Wed 08-May-13 14:00:40

only seen the first episode, but was really disappointed. For once, it would have been good to see a man supporting his wife in her career. instead, its the same old story

polyhymnia Wed 08-May-13 14:01:52

'looks like' not 'lolike'
'very' not 'vet' .
Wretched phone!!

Choccyjules Thu 09-May-13 22:42:51

Gosh, what a surprising ending (not).

grants1000 Thu 09-May-13 22:52:25

Last and thankfully final episode which was tedious in the extreme, so much long staring by every character and endless sort of sex and wimpish kissing; scene with Babbish, puke central. Why would she even let him do that to her, even with the supposed chippy line about her IQ & 'nice try' Thank goodness for Sky Fast Forward. I'm either going deaf or Emily Watson mumbled in a barely audible tone throughout (volume control up and down every 2 mins) the same tone whether angry, sad, bothered or happy.

Drag it out for 3 episodes then cram loads into a snap shot in the last 8 mins like some sort of afterthought?

Really sold the women in politics angle, not. Could have been good but it was very flat & dragged out with a sort of misfired sad firework ending.

Plus she needed a much better bra!

2rebecca Fri 10-May-13 00:05:38

Agree with the bra, she had very strange round breasts in one outfit. Irritated that there was yet another cliche of someone having a heart attack and dying just because they'd had an argument. In real life it rarely happens, in films they have a good shout then drop down dead all the time, women always miscarry after arguments as well.
I think the writers were so pleased at their "twist" (because a woman couldn't really be PM could she?) that they missed a chunk of plot out.

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Fri 10-May-13 01:35:02

i am obsessed with the idea that emily watson was pregnant filming that... but can't find any evidence that i'm right.

waikikamookau Fri 10-May-13 06:39:15

the dad heart attack was not on,

can't decide who should have been pm.
I quite liked the very ending but the dad pissed me off dying.

diddl Fri 10-May-13 08:10:58

I thought that too Aitch-was the baggy tops over everything!

But then the negligee was quite fitted?

Davros Fri 10-May-13 08:22:41

I enjoyed it but thank god it was only 3 episodes. I just can't cope with anything that's longer like those interminable (boring) American series and, yes, I do mean Mad Men etc. I must have a teenager's attention span in a 53 year old body!
I think the whole sexist angle, the sex, the behaviour were all informed by the fact that they were POLITICIANS, not remotely normal people, so I accepted it.
Some of the dialogue was dire "go for it", something or other's "in good shape" etc. as the parent of a DS with ASD I thought Noah was brilliant and the things they said about how it made them feel were really realistuc, watching those lads play football etc. I knew the writer must have some insight into it from somewhere. I agree that the swimming pool rescue was telegraphed but also believe its quite likely no-one would notice, they were not watching him as they didn't see the point as he didn't do anything or interact, the more people there are around the less vigilant they are often. Loved DT jumping in the pool fully clothed. I also like the low level outcome to this and several other incidents, TV often yells and screams about everything rather than letting some things pass like in RL. Not that I'm saying she should have let the AR go but i felt it was all to do with their constant deal making, weighing up possible outcomes, tolerating something because its not in their interests not to iyswim.

rufussmum Fri 10-May-13 10:04:44

As my TV has a crap sound system I usually watch dramas with the subtitles switched on. It's a revelation!
The dialogue had some real clunkers and everyone seemed to speak in melodramatic cliches. When you see 'we're both sacrificed on the altar of his ambition' in black and white (or yellow) it's really clumsy.
Subtitles are good opportunity to spot the typos and grammatical errors typed in by some idiot though.

SilverOldie Fri 10-May-13 12:02:50

I thought the ending was ridiculous, no way would an MP who had only been a Secretary of State for one not major Department become PM.

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