Lady chatterley sex scene
The book has been associated with sex and scandal since it was first published in 1928, so it should come as no surprise that the new version, which stars Holliday Grainger and Richard Madden (Game of Thrones), is equally as shocking, but updated for a modern audience.
If you are unfamiliar with the storyline, it follows Lady Constance (Grainger) as she embarks on an affair with her gameskeeper, Oliver Mellor (Madden), after her husband is wounded in the First World War and can no longer perform sexually.
Mercurio said: "Lawrence described Constance being “in a daze” when she first had sex with her husband’s gamekeeper Oliver Mellors, which didn’t seem to me like a modern portrayal of female sexual behaviour.
"Holliday Grainger portrays her with real complexity in this BBC version.
He is happy to allow his wife extramarital affairs so that she can have a child, but is horrified when he discovers what's she's been up to with Mellor.
The publication of Lady Chatterley's Lover caused Penguin to be put on trial under the Obscene Publications Act of 1959, due to the racy language and content.
"There's a genre of TV drama out there right now, mainly originating out of US cable networks, that features a great deal of gratuitous female nudity purely for titillation. "Lawrence got into trouble for writing about sex, and also as it happens for painting nudes, but he didn’t do so for commercial gain.
He struggled to his dying day to push the boundaries of artistic expression." Recent years have seen something of a backlash against gratuitous female nudity and, particularly, rape as a plot device in popular television shows, with programmes including Game of Thrones being heavily criticised for their treatment of women.
Part of the controversy surrounding Lawrence's was the great detail with which he described the sexual encounters between Lady Chatterley and Mellors.
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.
She’s an altogether more confident and troubled person than she might appear in the novel, with more poise but also more anguish." He added "nearly all the film’s romantic scenes between Lady Chatterley and the gamekeeper take place in bed, as they do in the book" with the exception of one in a fairground.
Another is intended as "a bit of atonement for Lawrence’s perceived misogynistic attitude to certain sex acts -- but I won’t spoil your viewing by giving away the content", said the writer.