BBC One is all set to adapt D.H. Lawrence’s sexually explicit Italian novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover
into a television film.
First published in 1928, the book was banned in India, but copies of the novel somehow managed to sneak into bedrooms. Also read: Banned books available online
Shooting for the telefilm is slated to start in October 2014. It will be aired in 2015.
Holliday Grainger, who starred in The Borgias and Bonnie & Clyde, will play the title role, with Game of Thrones star Richard Madden playing gamekeeper Oliver Mellors. James Norton, who was seen in BBC One’s Happy Valley, will play Lady Chatterley’s war-wounded husband, Sir Clifford Chatterley.
The BBC movie, written and directed by Jed Mercurio, graphically describes the sexual affair of an upper class, married woman with her gamekeeper. Her husband has been crippled in war, and is impotent.
The book caused social storms and scandals, and even in Britain a trial was held in 1960 to determine if the story fell under the country’s Obscene Publications Act. Later, the novel was expurgated, and the heavily censored copies were sold in America and elsewhere.
In India, bookseller Ranjit Udeshi of Mumbai was prosecuted under the Indian Penal Code for selling an unexpurgated copy of Lady Chatterley's Lover.
However, little could be done about the hundreds of unexpurgated copies floating all over India then.