BBC’s The Politician’s Husband is getting a US remake

Chemistry, based on the BBC Two miniseries The Politician’s Husband starring David Tennant and Emily Watson, is in development at US network Showtime.

The show is being adapted by House of Cards‘ David Manson, reports Deadline, and will follow the psycho-sexual undertones of a marriage between two alpha spouses at the “cusp of a life altering discovery”.

The original miniseries was a follow-up to the 1995 series The Politician’s Wife, which was about the wife of a disgraced politician.

Suzanne Patmore Gibbs, head of TriStar TV, recently said: “It was originally set in politics; we’re setting it in biotech because there’s a surplus of political shows out there.

“What really attracted us to it was, it is really focused on these alpha spouses that are both in positions of power at this company and what happens in the bedroom and the boardroom when this power shift takes place and the wife’s career begins to vastly eclipse that of the husband, and how that changes their relationship in a really integral way. It’s really zeitgeist-y or just pertinent right now in that it’s exploring gender politics.”