Lady Chatterley’s Lover


Lady Constance Chatterley (Holliday Grainger) enjoys a happy marriage to the dashing aristocrat Sir Clifford Chatterley (James Norton), until he is severely wounded serving in the First World War.

Confined to a wheelchair and impotent, Clifford becomes more distant, and Constance finds comfort in the company of the estate’s brooding, lonely gamekeeper, Oliver Mellors (Richard Madden). In the England of the 1920s the social divide between the upper class and their servants was unbreakable: an affair between a lady and a working man would scandalise society and ostracise them both.

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There was barely a flicker of DH Lawrence’s original in Jed Mercurio’s adaptation for the BBC, says Jasper Rees

LCL Iconic
Embargoed for publication until 16/08/2015 – Programme Name: Lady Chatterley’s Lover – TX: 06/09/2015 – Episode: LCL Iconic (No. n/a) – Picture Shows: ** EMBARGO: 00:01 SUNDAY 16 AUGUST 2015 ** Oliver Mellors (RICHARD MADDEN), Constance Chatterley (HOLLIDAY GRAINGER) – (C) HARTSWOOD FILMS – Photographer: JOSH BARRATT

How faithful should an adaptation of a classic be? Barely anybody reads D H Lawrence any more so Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio may have felt he had a free hand to do what he wanted with Lady Chatterley’s Lover (BBC One). But I confess I watched through latticed fingers from the moment we encountered Oliver Mellors (former Game of Thrones star Richard Madden) as a colliery blacksmith witnessing a fatal accident, then again in the trenches standing over the freshly crippled Sir Clifford Chatterley (James Norton).

Upon returning home in a wheelchair to his surprised wife Connie (Holliday Grainger), Clifford soon attempted suicide, whereafter they shared a bedroom and kept trying to make babies. He even submitted to electric shock treatment to jolt his legs and loins into life. Then Lady Chatterley did her back in, and was replaced on bathing duties by a beautiful young housekeeper, so she mooched off in a jealous huff to flirt outrageously with the new gamekeeper.

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