Press Reactions To The Politician's Husband Episode 1

David Tennant's latest drama for the BBC, The Politican's Husband, aired on Thursday, just days after his ITV drama Broadchurch came to it's shocking conclusion.
The press have been quick to draw comparisons between the roles of DI Alec Hardy of Broadchurch and Aiden Hoynes from The Politician's Husband, with praise for David's range.
Here's a collection of reviews:

The Huffington Post say:

"If a mark of an actor is how quickly you forget he's played anything else, then David Tennant is up there with the greats. Only a matter of hours after he'd dispensed with his grubby mac, greasy hair and anguished, eyeballed expression as DI Hardy in the hit drama 'Broadchurch', he was back on our screens last night as the equally demonised but far more articulate and ambitious politician Aiden Hoynes in BBC political drama 'The Politician's Husband'.
And how he pulled it off. He was helped by a complete physical transformation - fair, spruced hair replacing Hardy's unwashed tresses, cleanshaven, moisturised skin where the detective's unslept pallor had been.
But he can take all credit for the voice, the body language, the look in his eye that marked Hoynes out as a very individual character, and proved once again that David Tennant has now completed his exodus from the Tardis, and is far more than a charismatic Time Lord."
"From murder to political suicide, David Tennant's the master of tension. The beard was gone, and the mop of lank hair had been gelled rigid into greying streaks. The Glaswegian snarl was replaced by north London vowels with an Oxford education.
Three days after David Tennant, with the noise of blood thundering in his ears, stalked into the killer’s house in Broadchurch, he was back — in a world no less fatally intense."

"There is heaps to enjoy in The Politician's Husband. Well, him and her, Tennant and Watson; they're both great, and great together, convincing as a couple. I like – no, not like, approve of – the fact that their son Noah has Asperger's. That also makes them more convincing, more real – even before the  massive (question mark-shaped?) cracks begin to appear in their relationship. And Aiden's difficult relationship with Noah, a son he – and she – clearly find it very hard to love, acts as a subplot to what is going on between his parents and down in London SW1."

" 'It physically hurts, Dad,' says Aiden, licking his wounds at home, an agony of disappointment that David Tennant made all too believable."

"Despite the pull of the American political drama, Husband remains British at its core. Tennant adopts the pinched, pallid and paranoid look of all Westminster politicos. Grey-haired and blue-veined, he bears an eerie resemblance to Malcolm Tucker of The Thick of It. He is both brutal and very human in his bid for power. Meanwhile, Watson seems to be a cross between Cherie Blair and Yvette Cooper.
Don’t let that put you off, though. It’s a gripping watch."
Female First says: 
"David Tennant takes to our screens for the second time this week in The Politician’s Husband and his cracking performance as vengeful ex-cabinet member reminds us that he’s fast cementing his place as one of the finest actors in British TV.
With British acting talent at perhaps an all-time high (with half of American TV being populated by British faces) Tennant has become one of the very best to have stayed on British TV, with him fighting Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Rea and Joseph Gilgun for the crown.
From a gallivanting alien armed with a sonic screwdriver to the beleaguered detective we just saw him play in Broadchurch, Tennant’s chameleonic abilities have seen him bring class and pathos to pretty much everything he touches."


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