Line of Duty creator to adapt Lady Chatterley’s Lover for BBC1

Jed Mercurio will dramatise the controversial novel as part of a classic literature season also including Cider with Rosie, The Go-Between and An Inspector Calls

DH Lawrence’s controversial novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover is set to be turned into a new BBC1 drama.


It’s not the first time the BBC has tackled the erotic tale, which was the centre of an obscenity debate for decades after it was published. Sean Bean and Joely Richardson famously took on the story’s leads in the broadcaster’s four-part adaptation in 1993.

But this time it’s set to be remade by Jed Mercurio, creator of BBC2’s gritty police corruption drama Line of Duty.

Mercurio said he relished the chance to take on Lawrence’s tale of love across class boundaries.

“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.” 

The tale is one of four classic 20th-century novels about to get the BBC period drama treatment. 

In a season “directed by some of our finest writers and directors”, novels Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Cider With Rosie, The Go-Between and An Inspector Calls will be turned into 90-minute adaptations on BBC1. 

Laurie Lee’s coming of age tale Cider With Rosie will be bought to life by Ben Vanstone, Philippa Lowthrope and Origin Pictures, LP Hartley’s The Go-Between is being directed by Adrain Hodges and executive produced by The Paradise’s Susan Hogg while JB Preistley’s An Inspector Calls is being made by Aisling Walsh. 

Controller of BBC1 Charlotte Moore said: “These four classic works each represent a real moment in our recent history when Britain was on the cusp of great social and cultural change. This season of films aims to explore and contextualise the enormous changes in the way men and women lived and behaved in the 20th century.”

Controller of BBC drama Ben Stephenson added: |”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.”