Lady Chatterley’s Lover


Lady Constance Chatterley (Holliday Grainger) enjoys a happy marriage to the dashing aristocrat Sir Clifford Chatterley (James Norton), until he is severely wounded serving in the First World War. Confined to a wheelchair and impotent, Clifford becomes more distant, and Constance finds comfort in the company of the estate’s brooding, lonely gamekeeper Oliver Mellors (Richard Madden).

In the England of the 1920s, the social divide between the upper class and their servants was unbreakable: an affair between a lady and a working man would scandalise society and ostracise them both. Lady Chatterley must choose between propriety and love, while Mellors risks his safety, as they both strive to evade the growing suspicions of her jealous and vengeful husband.


Holliday Grainger as Lady Constance Chatterley, Richard Madden as Oliver Mellors, James Norton as Sir Clifford Chatterley, Jodie Comer as Ivy Bolton, Edward Holcroft as Duncan Forbes, Eve Ponsonby as Hilda Reid

Produced by

Serena Cullen

Executive producer(s)

Beryl Vertue

Written by

Jed Mercurio

Directed by

Jed Mercurio



First transmitted

6th September 2015, 9pm


1 x 90'

Press comments

“James Norton shines in this gripping adaptation of the infamous DH Lawrence novel about illicit love across the class divide. Holliday Grainger shines as Lady Chatterley, caught between a man who can’t satisfy her and the raw power of Mellors.” Heat

“Pick of the day” Radio Times

“There’s plenty of chemistry in this one-off adaptation… emotional stuff” Total TV Guide

“Wonderfully subtle… in past screen incarnations Sir Clifford has been rendered so pompous or feeble that Lady C’s decision to choose Mellors is a no-brainer. But by casting handsome James Norton (late of Grantchester) and emphasising Sir Clifford’s insistence that marriage is about daily intimacies and shared goals rather than a bit of rumpy pumpy with the hired help, moral complexity is restored.” The Guardian

“Richard Madden and Holliday Grainger cause a stir in this smouldering adaptation” TV Choice

“Move over Ross Poldark, there’s a new period pin-up on the block in this classy adaptation… The wonderful James Norton puts in a powerful, deeply moving performance as Constance’s snobbish but charismatic husband.” TV Times (Pick of the Day)

“Lashings of everything you want from a period drama” Closer

“Richard Madden and Holliday Grainger are both well cast as Mellors and Lady Chatterley… while war-crippled husband Sir Clifford (James Norton) becomes a more sympathetic figure.” i

“[Jed] Mercurio highlights British society on the cusp of mighty upheaval” Metro


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