DH Lawrence’s tale of an illicit affair crossing social boundaries is making a return to our screens this weekend, with Game of Thrones star Richard Madden as groundskeeper Mellors.It won’t, however, be dropping any jaws this time around, says Madden. From 12-years-old you can go on the internet and find anything you want so I don’t think there’s much to shock anyone anymore,” the 29-year-old says. “There’s not much nudity per say but she said, ‘Will there be noises?Lady Chatterley's Lover, however, will see Constance's own sexual pleasure as central to the storyline; denied by her frustrated husband and satiated by groundsman Oliver Mellors.A circumspect passage from the novel, interpreted as describing sodomy, is omitted, with most love scenes filmed by romantic firelight.There's nothing that's going to shock us that we're going to do in is there?
It’s important to the Cinderella star that the sex scenes have an important part to play in the story: “There are certain sides of you that come out when you’re post coital, or during sex, that you don’t get in other scenes or in other company. There’s a huge joy, as well – I think that’s when [Mellors is] at his best,” he says.
Arguably the programme's most surprising and passionate scene has Lady Chatterley firmly at its centre.
Another scene, considered problematic for modern audiences, has been adapted to make Lady Chatterley a more active participant.
He also tells her about his time in the army, and about the colonel who became his surrogate father.
He explains his theory of social decline: English society is faltering because technology and industry have emasculated English men.