''The Politician's Wife'' is a 1995 three-part [[ChannelFour Channel 4]] drama written by Paula Milne about Flora Matlock, the devoted wife of the current Tory government's Minister for the Family, who learns that her husband, Duncan, is having an affair with a researcher and former escort girl named Jennifer Caird. While all her husband's colleagues and even her own father try to persuade her to stand by him for the good of the Party, Flora plans her revenge.

If you're in the United Kingdom, you can check it out on [[http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-politicians-wife/4od 4OD]].

!!Provides examples of:
* BewareTheNiceOnes
* BoardingSchool: Paul starts out as a day pupil, but decides to board full-time because he can't stand to be under the same roof as his father.
* DaddysGirl: Flora's relationship with her father. She even calls him "Daddy" into adulthood, (something which would seem [[ValuesDissonance more unusual to British audiences than to Americans]] who saw it on Creator/{{PBS}}). Joanna is referred to as having this relationship with Duncan, although [[ShowDontTell it's not very well-demonstrated]].
* DespairGambit: Flora's plan is to destroy Duncan's career. Since it's the only thing that actually matters to him rather than her and the kids, just leaving him wouldn't really make much of an impact.
* DidntSeeThatComing: When Flora tries to implicate Duncan in a sweetheart deal on a manor house arranged with one of his former colleagues from an insurance company, Duncan bounces back by telling the House that [[spoiler:he bought it for the local nursery to use as permanent premises.]]
* DistantFinale: [[spoiler:Flora is elected into Duncan's old job while the Party exiles him to Brussels.]]
* TheDogBitesBack: Flora doesn't start planning her revenge proper until Hollister provides her with information that shows that extent to which Duncan had deceived her, including claiming to be at work when he was actually with Jennifer when his daughter's appendix ruptured.
* GayConservative: [[spoiler:Mark Hollister.]] This is part of the reason why he wants to help Flora in her vendetta - he doesn't want a bigot like Duncan polluting the ethics and policies of the Party and it can take years to get rid of the effect that that can have. A case of TruthInTelevision since the stank from the Tories' interactions with the Queer community in TheEighties still dogs David Cameron's administration today.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Flora.
* ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe: The initial dynamic of Flora and Duncan's relationship. It later emerges Duncan [[GoldDigger wanted her for her dad's contacts with the Party]]. Plus, her [[ProperLady positive attributes]] made her an ideal TrophyWife.
* TheInformant: [[spoiler:Mark Hollister]] gives Flora a tape of Duncan and Jennifer's phone conversations anonymously, but later outs himself to her and provides her with more information about the affair.
* LysistrataGambit: {{Inverted}}. Flora tries to appeal to Duncan's kinks in order to keep him sweet and oblivious to her plotting his downfall.
* MealTicket: Flora, but for her dad's influence with the Party rather than his wealth (although that probably didn't hurt).
* MissingMum: Flora's mum was killed in a car crash at some undetermined point between Flora bringing Duncan home to meet her and Clive and the present day.
* TheNineties: Very much so, complete with Walkmans (or should that be "Walkmen"?), original flavour Gameboys and curtain dresses.
* ParentalFavouritism: Flora flat-out states that Paul is "hers" while Joanna is closer to her dad. As mentioned above, it's not very clear, but given Duncan's general [[HandsOffParenting lack of involvement]], this could be a case of AllGiveAndNoTake on Joanna's part.
** Clive seems to do this as well, but by favouring Duncan, [[LikeASonToMe who he considers to be a son in all but name]], over Flora. Rather than going all PapaWolf [[IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer on his ass]] when the news that he cheated on Flora gets out, he uses the death of Flora's mother to try to browbeat her into sticking by Duncan. It's later revealed that [[spoiler:he knew about the affair all along and did precisely jack shit about it]].
* ReCut: The version that aired on ''Series/MasterpieceTheatre'' had about eight minutes of material cut from it.
* TooKinkyToTorture: Duncan, who gets off on Flora's attempts to lash out at him.
* TrophyWife: Flora, although she doesn't know it at first.
* UnaccustomedAsIAmToPublicSpeaking: Flora busts out a killer speech at the Conservative Christian Wives meeting.
* VirginInAWhiteDress: The white nightie that Flora wears [[RuleOfSymbolism serves to compound]] Jennifer's (indirect) comment about her being "passive and sexually unadventurous".
* WomanScorned
* YourCheatingHeart: Duncan, [[spoiler:who turns out to have been seeing Jennifer for nearly a year, rather than it just being a one-night stand as he had initially told Flora it was]].
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