David Tennant to shock as sadist in The Politician's Husband

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 22 April 2013
David Tennant as Aiden Hoynes

David Tennant as Aiden Hoynes

David Tennant will shock viewers by playing sadist Cabinet minister Aiden Hoynes in new BBC drama 'The Politician's Husband'

David Tennant will shock viewers as a sadist in 'The Politician's Husband'.

The former 'Doctor Who' star has taken on an unlikely role as minister Aiden Hoynes, who is jealous of his Junior Education Minister wife Freya's soaring career in the Cabinet, so he lashes out at her in a violent and sexual manner.

Speaking about one particular scene, writer Paula Milne told The Sun newspaper: "It is unforgivable what he does.

"The first sex scene we see with them, it is not entirely comfortable. It's fine but it's quite combative - but it becomes more brutal."

Emily Watson, who play's David's on-screen spouse Freya Gardner, found it surreal filming the sickening scenes with such a well-known actor and kept quiet about it when speaking to her two children.

She added: "This was particularly violent. It's a bit, sort of, 'Mummy, what did you do at work today?'. 'Uh, well, you know that Doctor Who ...?' "

In addition to his sexual aggression, Aiden also becomes involved in a sex scandal when his nanny - played by Anamaria Marinca - propositions him naked.

BBC drama boss Ben Stephenson believes the dominant scenes are vital to the overall feel of the programme.

He said: "Television has steered away from the depiction of sex and sexuality. But it's at the heart of this piece."

'The Politician's Husband' - which also stars Roger Allen, Ed Stoppard and Kirsty Wark - will begin on Thursday (26.04.13) at 9pm on BBC Two.

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