The Borgias star Holliday Grainger is to play the lead in a new BBC1 adaptation of DH Lawrence’s raunchy classic Lady Chatterley’s Lover.
Grainger, who played Lucrezia Borgia in Showtime’s Jeremy Irons-fronted TV saga, will play the part of Constance Chatterley in the new drama which is set in the early part of the Twentieth Century, BBC1 controller Charlotte Moore announced at the Edinburgh International Television Festival today.
Game of Thrones star Richard Madden will play Mellors, the gamekeeper with whom Lady Chatterley has a passionate affair.
The part of Lady Chatterley’s crippled husband will be taken on by James Norton, the actor last seen in the BBC dramas Happy Valley and Death Comes to Pemberley.
The film, which has been written – and will also be directed – by Line of Duty scriptwriter Jed Mercury will air on BBC1 next year as part of a series of classic 20th Century literature.
Other classics lined up for the season will be Adrian Hodges’ adaptation of LP Hartley’s The Go-Between, Ben Vanstone’s adaptation of Laurie Lee’s memoir Cider With Rosie and J B Priestley’s classic play An Inspector Calls.
Mercurio said: “I’m hugely flattered that such a fabulously talented young cast will bring these iconic roles to life.”
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