BBC’s latest adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover left critics divided after a screening earlier this month, with some claiming it leaves little to the imagination and others saying there is nothing terribly explicit in the 90-minute film. Sex scenes in Lady Chatterley’s Lover shouldn’t shock anyone, and BBC usually keeps things tasteful. The heavy-handed sex scenes in William Ivory’s adaptation of The Rainbow and Women in Love for BBC4 in 2011 were far less problematic than the complete departures made from several significant and symbolic scenes from the books. And talk of the portrayal of the novel and its leading lady Lady Chatterley herself has been positive.


Written and directed by BAFTA award-winning Jed Mecurio (Bodies, Line of Duty), Lady Chatterley’s Lover stars Holliday Grainger (The Borgias, Tulip Fever) as Lady Chatterley, her Cinderella co-star Richard Madden (Game of Thrones, Klondike) as gamekeeper Oliver Mellors and James Norton (Granchester, Happy Valley) as Sir Clifford Chatterley.

Lady Chatterley’s Lover will premiere next month. Watch the trailer below.



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Olga Hughes is currently pre-occupied with fairy tales, fantasy, misanthropy, medieval history and the long eighteenth century. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently majoring in Literature and History at Deakin. She has contributed to websites such as History behind Game of Thrones, The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society.

2 Responses

  1. Underdogge

    One of my secondary school friends had a mother who was an English teacher. “Flossie, (not her real name) why does “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” fall open automatically at this page?” (one of the sex scenes) her mother asked. “I don’t know Mum”, said my pal – who never told fibs.

    Haven’t seen this yes of course, so will reserve judgement till then, but did it run through the mind of anyone who is old enough to remember what (I think) was the most recent TV adaptation of LCL before this one that in its previous incarnation Sean Bean played the gamekeeper and he (SB) played Richard Madden’s father in GoT. I haven’t seen Richard Madden in a plethora of things but this will be the first time I will have seen him as a commoner – up to now I’ve been aware of him as The King in the North (GoT) and the Prince in ‘Cinderella’ and – I may have mentioned this on another thread somewhere, before he became known he played the Japanese emperor in a BBC radio series “The Pillow Book” where another (then) unknown actor played a high-ranking courtier (Benedict Cumberbatch).

    • Olga Hughes

      Oh nice connection between Sean and Richard! I didn’t think about that. Apparently people were complaining that version was too racy as well.
      I love these three, especially Holliday Grainger. I have enjoyed James Norton in just about everything I have seen him in so far and I am looking forward to the next season of Granchester.