Why BBC1’s “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” Was So Bad
Lady Chatterley’s Lover is a romantic drama, which premiered in September 2015 on BBC1. This adaption is from the book of the same name, and is just one part of a four-part series. The drama is about Lady Constance Chatterley, who had a happy marriage with her aristocrat husband until he was injured during the first World War. The romantic drama follows the deterioration of the relationship as Chatterley begins an affair with a lower-class worker. While many critics enjoyed the story, viewers had several complaints about the quality.
Lack of Nudity
The biggest complaint from followers of Lady Chatterley’s Lover is the lack of nudity. The original novel was the most successful work from D. H. Lawrence, which contained a number of intense and graphic sex scenes. Based on the way the book was written, many viewers and fans of the novel assumed that the adaption would be accurate. However, BBC1 decided to censor the nudity, in spite of the nature of the book. This lack of accuracy took away from the point of the story, according to viewers.
Tamer than Previous Adaptions
Along with the lack of graphic sex scenes, viewers also complained that there was no reason to leave out so much of the filth from the books that happened to make into a televised adaption in 1993. Viewers went as far as to call the rendition “prudish,” which was not what BBC1 was trying to achieve with the adaption. This classic story is simply inappropriate for television in the way it is written, so producers made the efforts to “clean it up” for a wider range of viewers.
Some audiences claimed that Holliday Grainger was poorly cast in the roll of Lady Chatterley. Chatterley is portrayed as seductive and refined, meaning that she should look like someone that men would be willing to fight over. Harshly critical viewers argued that Grainger was a generic portrayal of the adulteress, lacking the charm and beauty for the two men to want simultaneously.
The Biggest Betrayal
While the casting and lack of filth played a role in the dissatisfaction of viewers everywhere, the fact that the ending was completely changed from the book sparked the biggest outrage. While the book ends with Lady Chatterley and Sir Clifford miles apart, the televised adaption shows Clifford promising divorce. It is the inability to stick with a tried-and-true classic novel that is the greatest injustice of all.