Is Richard Madden the new Poldark in Lady Chatterley’s Lover?

BBC1's new steamy Sunday night drama, featuring the former Game of Thrones star as gamekeeper Oliver Mellors, could fill the void left by Aidan Turner's scythe-swinging heartthrob

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Is seductive gamekeeper Mellors the new Poldark? Game of Thrones actor Richard Madden goes chest to chest with Aidan Turner’s period heartthrob in the new trailer for BBC1 drama Lady Chatterley’s Lover.

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Madden plays young gamekeeper Oliver Mellors, who catches more than the eye of Holliday Grainger’s Lady Constance Chatterley after a spot of topless DIY.

Constance’s war-wounded husband Sir Clifford Chatterly (Grantchester’s James Norton), meanwhile, is starting to worry about the “speculation” – not that the trailer leaves much to ‘speculate’ about.

Billed as BBC1’s steamy rival to ITV’s final series of Downton Abbey, the adaptation of DH Lawrence’s censured 1928 novel is written by Line of Duty’s Jed Mercurio.

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And after Radio Times Drama Champion Aidan Turner set pulses racing as Ross Poldark, the BBC will be hoping the class-crossing love affair between Lady Chatterley and Oliver Mellors fires up the inevitable Sunday night ratings battle with Downton Abbey.

Read more: Discover The Making of Poldark at this year’s Radio Times Festival