Unusually, it incorporated elements from the three, very different versions of the book Lawrence wrote.
Though Russell was in uncharacteristically restrained form for once, he didn’t stint on the sex scenes. Lady Chatterley’s Lover touches on many subjects, not least class and the blighting of lives by war, but you can’t get away from the sex. During the obscenity trial, chief prosecutor Mervyn Griffith-Jones — who was subjected to widespread ridicule after asking the jury if it was a book “you would wish your wife or your servants to read?
FEW things in television drama this year have had as much impact as Aidan Turner’s pectorals.
Lawrence’s novel, which centres on the passionate sexual relationship between the titular Lady C, whose aristocratic husband returned from the First World War paralysed from the waist down, and the gamekeeper Mellors, was the subject of a famous obscenity trial at the Old Bailey in 1960 that resulted in the book being published in Britain in unexpurgated form for the first time.’ he lambasted her near the end – a minor blip we were lead to believe in their prospects of happiness.‘Speak up lad, her Ladyship can’t hear thee,’ he said towards his groin.As for the sweet nothings he whispered to seduce Connie, ‘open up the gates m’Lady so John Thomas may come in’ isn’t a chat-up line you’d recommend.Sexually frustrated because of her husband’s injury, Mellors was just the nearest man available – living in the woods. I thought I’d done with it all – life,’ Mellors told Connie at one point, suggesting their relationship was not about sex or love, but just escape – wanting a new life. Here, Connie did not leave to live with her sister and Mellors’ estranged wife did not appear and force Mellors to lose his job by spreading rumours of his affair.Mercurio showed them driving off in to the sunset to another torrent of violins, with Mellors seemingly comfortable about being in her shiny, swanky, car - despite his avowed ‘fear of putting children into this machine world and its machine men’: surely the biggest betrayal of all.