David Tennant has revealed he was struck by how ‘high maintenance’ politicians were while researching his upcoming role in Paula Milne’s long-awaited follow up to The Politician’s Wife, The Politician’s Husband.
Watching a lot of the political faces we see regularly on the news, I was struck by how coiffed they are…They often seem to go for a sort of Eighties soap star kind of look, but then you’re expected to look sleek and slick.
In the BBC Two drama, the Tenth Doctor stars as an MP embroiled in a both a personal and political power struggle between him and his wife, played by Breaking the Waves actress, the superb Emily Watson.
Drawing comparisons between both politicians and actors, Tennant found many parallels between an opening night and a good debate in the House of Commons:
What I found fascinating to imagine was the sheer stress of that life – the burden of it. But at the same time you could sense the buzz that people get out of it too.
The high you get when you deliver something well in the House is like having a fantastic first night on stage and getting all the best reviews. It gives you that kind of a hit.
Perhaps even more shocking than the vanity of our elected leaders is David’s confession that Aaron Sorkin’s The West Wing is his favourite show!
Yes – it seems that David has jumped ship!
The West Wing is probably my favourite television series of all time…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.
The Politician’s Husband starts this Thursday at 9pm on BBC Two.
(Via The Daily Echo.)