Wollaston found the adaptation had simplified aspects of social class, before adding, "In other ways, though, Mercurio has made things more complex and interesting: like Sir Clifford Chatterley, not just a silly toff, but a man who had everything struggling to come to terms with becoming disabled. Overall, he concluded, "But I do think – in spite of the deviation and modernisation – that this is loyal to Lawrence, in its themes of class, the ridiculous social order of things, nature and physical love, and in its language and spirit.
And if I’m wrong about that, then it still works as a damn good love story, moving and sad and captivatingly performed [..]." In The Independent, Amy Burns began by noting: "DH Lawrence’s tale of Lady Chatterley and her groundskeeper lover is famous for many things – smutty language being perhaps highest on the list.
“Clifford suffers horribly from the fact that he’s unable to satisfy his wife.
It’s alluded to in the book, but our story slightly pulls the curtains back on that.
It has admittedly been an awful long time since I read it, and then I was probably just skimming for smut (imagine if today’s teens got their porn from DH Lawrence rather than the internet, they might think sex was something earthy and profound, rather than hairless and mechanical), but I don’t remember any accident at a mine. Well, it’s hinted at – the husband of Mrs Bolton the nurse was killed down the pit many years before; she still longs for his touch and loathes the mine bosses she blames for his loss.
But the accident itself plays no part in the novel".
The Grantchester actor adds: “All three characters are sympathetic.
I’ve watched lots of Hollywood films where the girl wears a bra in bed – we didn’t do that."So apart from having them have sex starkers, which you wouldn’t be able to put on any channel, I think we are quite rude."Penguin publishers were put on trial when the book was first released in 1960 under the Obscene Publications Act of 1959 because of its overtly graphic sexual content.
The book was found not to have breached the bill but six decades on is still notoriously one of the most explicit books of all time.
The adaptation is part of a series of four 20th-century literary adaptations by the BBC, including Laurie Lee's Cider With Rosie, LP Hartley's The Go-Between and J B Priestley's play An Inspector Calls.
Lawrence's 1928 novel Lady Chatterley's Lover, and premiered on BBC One on 6 September 2015.