...as part of The BBC's new dramas based on the classics
The BBC can’t get enough of Jed Mercurio; The Line of Duty creator is embarking on a third series of his popular crime drama, and he’s to start work on a Lady Chatterley’s Lover adaption for BBC 1.
Line of Duty was a hit for Mercurio
The book was last adapted for British television in 1993 with Joely Richardson as Lady Chatterley and Sean Bean as the gamekeeper, Mellors. It was a controversial novel when it when it was originally published in 1928, and was ban for almost 30 years shortly after its release.
The project is part of a new series of BBC dramas based on classic novels and plays of the last century that includes small screen versions of Laurie Lee's Cider with Rosie and J B Priestley's An Inspector Calls.
BBC One's Charlotte Moore called them "uniquely intense and personal stories about people living... 100 years ago. These four classic novels each represent a real moment in our recent history when Britain was on the cusp of great social and cultural change," added Moore.
Mercurio, who came to prominence with Line of Duty, says: "Lady Chatterley's Lover is a novel that constitutes a milestone of English literature. I'm immensely excited by this opportunity to dramatise its iconic themes in a fresh and original way."
BBC drama boss Ben Stephenson said: "Whilst each film will stand as a wonderful treat in its own right, themes about the role of women, class, sexuality and impact of the First World War will ebb and flow across them. I hope that, viewed together, these four masterpieces will present an intelligent and involving picture of what it was like to live in Britain 100 years ago."
When the BBC crime drama Line of Duty debuted two years ago, it was the biggest new drama the channel had had in a while....