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Richard Madden and Holliday Grainger in 'Lady Chatterley's Lover' (Photo: BBC)
Richard Madden and Holliday Grainger in 'Lady Chatterley's Lover' (Photo: BBC)
Richard Madden and Holliday Grainger in ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’ (Photo: BBC)

Richard Madden has left behind the fantasy and violence of his Game of Thrones past in order to play the gamekeeper Oliver Mellors in a new BBC adaptation of the sexually charged D.H. Lawrence novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover.

He’s the horny-handed son of the soil (pun intended) who forms an unlikely, passionate alliance with Lady Constance Chatterley (played by The Riot Club‘s Holliday Grainger). Their affair comes at the expense of Mellor’s employer, the war-wounded Sir Clifford Chatterley (James Norton from Death Comes To Pemberley).

Here’s a trailer:

This 90-minute adaptation is part of a season of BBC dramas celebrating the greats of 20th century literature. The original 1928 novel, frank and challenging in its description of passionate acts, was famously censored in the U.K. for over 30 years. Other adaptations include L.P. Hartley’s The Go-Between, Laurie Lee’s memoir Cider With Rosie and J.B. Priestley’s play An Inspector Calls.

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