The Radio Times Asks Has The Politician's Husband Gone Too Far?

The latest issue of the Radio Times (4-10 May) features an article regarding the violent rape scene which will air within the first few minutes of episode 2 of The Politician's Husband.
David Tennant's character Aiden Hoynes attacks his wife Freya (Emily Watson) and subjects her to a particularly disturbing and sickening act.

"In fairness to The Politician's Husband both Tennant and Watson are excellent, they make the scene revolting and not remotely titillating. There is no doubt that this is an attack, Freya is clearly in agony." says Alison Graham.

The article ponders whether a BBC Two drama is the correct place for such scenes to take place with Graham saying:
"I'm old fashioned enough not to want to witness something so unsparingly brutal on BBC2. Yes, BBC2. Nice civilised BBC2, home of The Great British Bake Off. The very idea!"

Graham approached the BBC on the subject who told her:
"This scene goes to the heart of the emotional story for the characters...while some viewers may find these scenes strong, they reflect the central themes of power and betrayal."

You can read the full article in the Radio Times which is out now.

Episode 2 of The Politician's Husband airs on Thursday 2nd May at 9pm on BBC2.

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