Interview: David Tennant
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Everyone’s favourite Scotsman David Tennant is hitting BBC2 this Thursday in The Politician’s Husband – the companion piece to 1995’s BAFTA and Emmy-winning The Politician’s Wife. The political drama sees Tennant play Aiden, a high-flying MP whose career is about to be put to the test. Here he talks politics and power. “I love a bit of political drama,” says Tennant. “The West Wing is probably my favourite television series of all time. There’s just something about that world. There are very few areas in life where the stakes are so high; where the power struggles influence not just the lives of the people involved, but also the lives of everyone they represent.” He calls predecessor The Politician’s Wife, “fantastically juicy to watch. Paula (Milne, the writer) really caught that moment in time when a certain echelon of the ruling classes began to realise, perhaps, that they weren’t able to get away with whatever the hell they liked anymore. “It was the beginning of the end for a certain type of politics – or at least of a certain type of public life, anyway. And I think she told that story very well. The Politician’s Husband isn’t a straight sequel. It’s inspired by similar territory, I suppose, but the story is very much drawn from today’s world. “The character I play in the drama is Aiden Hoynes. He’s a member of the cabinet and he’s very well regarded. He’s clearly seen as a potential leader of the future. It’s probably not helpful to find real-life political candidates to cast him as – I didn’t base him on one particular individual (which is probably just as well because I don’t think that would have done anyone any favours!). But he’s certainly a man who’s doing very well for himself.
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