Disclaimer at the time this review was written I had not read the D.H Lawrence novel Lady Chatterley’s lover (book review to come)
The BBC is known for it’s period drama’s so it was no great surprise when an adaptation Lady Chatterley’s Lover hit our screen at 9.00pm in Sunday night. The Story of Lady Constance Chatterley (Holliday Grainger) whose husband is paralysed in WW1. When Lord Clifford (James Norton) returns from the war he is changed man and his relationship with his wife suffers greatly when it is revealed he is impotent and they are unable to have a child. Clifford deprives his wife of affection and isolates himself from the world and it was during this lonely period that Constance meets Oliver Mellors Lord Chatterley’s Game Keeper (Richard Madden). Oliver is going through his own heart break having discovered his wife was pregnant with another mans child while he was way during the war and so, through their meetings the two begin to bond.
The story is one of the distinction of class during that time period and the meeting of two lonely souls. Also Constance doesn’t seem to belong in the world in which she lives all the while Oliver is desperate to see the class system come crashing down. The BBC adaptation of Lady Chatterley’s Lover is a love story crossing the classes something at the time which was an impossibility.
Although while watching it it was hard to imagine why it was ever a banned book. Many D.H Lawrence readers have commented again and again that this is not a faithful adaptation and the original story is nowhere to be found. Having not read the book yet I can’t comment but I have started it as I was curious. And I will say this I am 20% percent in and we have only just met Oliver Mellors…
Did I enjoy it?
I really, really did, the actors were great in the roles and it was somehow heart breaking and akward for a modern viewer. The class system is really delved into in a way you don’t get to see in shows like Downton Abbey or in film because I think for the sake of entertainment the past has been glamorised. Lady Chatterley’s Lover gave the viewer an idea of how different classes treated and spoke about eachother and what it would have taken for these two characters to be together but not to stay together.
Paint and Butterflies Rating – 4/5 stars