After his public humiliation, David Tennant’s wounded MP Aiden Hoynes tries to re-establish control over Freya, his rising-star wife (Emily Watson), in new, unpleasant ways: by tweeting anonymously, inveigling his way on to a key parliamentary committee and committing a profoundly shocking rape. But might Freya prove equal to his plotting, especially as she draws closer to Aiden’s assassin-in-chief, Bruce (Ed Stoppard)?
There’s more than a hint of ‘House of Cards’ about all this, with Westminster depicted as a den of vipers, explicit links made between political and sexual potency and a treatment bordering on camp. Paula Milne’s script, however, can be brutally unsubtle, spelling things out through assorted proxies, from Roger Allam’s grandee to Sylvestra Le Touzel’s journalist. And the son with Asperger’s feels like too much – a transparent attempt to humanise two political animals.
That said, it’s good, dirty fun and you'll probably want to know how it ends next week. But ‘The Politician’s Husband’ is neither as smart nor as compelling as it thinks it is – or, given the talent involved, as it ought to be.
Royal Standard Cocktail Bar & Restaurant
With chilled out San Francisco vibes, this cocktail bar just around the corner from Paddington Station offers up two floors of chic space in which to grab a beverage and a bite to eat. There’s a good range of cocktails on offer, mostly for under a tenner, and a selection of craft beers. Check out the margaritas that come in an array of flavours such as kiwi and blueberry. Lunch and dinner are Mediterranean- and French-inspired – choose from charcuterie boards to steak while you settle down for the evening.
Venue says: “Handcrafted cocktails and real food - where opulence meets chilled vibes in this San Francisco loft inspired cocktail bar and restaurant.”