Picks and Pans Review: The Politician's Wife
Juliet Stevenson plays the woman of the title, a loving helpmate who radiates decency and devotion. She initially stands by her man (Trevor Eve), a rising conservative member of England's Parliament, when he's caught in an extramarital affair (with none other than Circle of Friends' Minnie Driver). But Stevenson eventually realizes that this arrangement stinks of hypocrisy and sets out to undo the husband. There aren't many surprises in this two-part, three-hour Masterpiece Theatre presentation (concluding Jan. 14), but it glides along smoothly. And anything with Stevenson (Truly, Madly, Deeply) is worth viewing. This astonishing actress, with boyish face and soft, piping voice, works quietly and assuredly, adding just a drop of honey to her sweet revenge.