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Episode #1.1 

Sir Clifford Chatterley returns to his family estate after having been paralyzed in World War I. Desiring an heir, he urges Connie, his beautiful wife, to take a lover, but she demurs. ... See full summary »

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Ken Russell

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Michael Haggiag (screenplay), Ken Russell (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Joely Richardson ... Lady Chatterley
Sean Bean ... Mellors
James Wilby ... Sir Clifford Chatterley
Shirley Anne Field ... Mrs. Bolton
Hetty Baynes Hetty Baynes ... Hilda
Ken Russell ... Sir Michael Reid
Michael Turner ... Rector Ashby
Roger Hammond ... Duke of Oaklands
Jo Powell Jo Powell ... Duchess of Oaklands
Melanie Hughes Melanie Hughes ... Simpson
David Sterne ... Field
Pat Keen Pat Keen ... Mrs. Mellors
Joanna Crowther Joanna Crowther ... Betty Mellors
Judith Paris ... Mrs. Marshall
Breffni McKenna Breffni McKenna ... Donald Forbes
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Sir Clifford Chatterley returns to his family estate after having been paralyzed in World War I. Desiring an heir, he urges Connie, his beautiful wife, to take a lover, but she demurs. Connie hires a professional nurse for Clifford, and Mrs. Bolton soon establishes complete mastery over her patient and the household. Later, Connie meets the estate's gamekeeper, Oliver Mellors. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Romance

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6 June 1993 (UK) See more »

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The beginning of the vicar's speech that opens the series are the very first words from D.H. Lawrence's novel 'Lady Chatterley's Lover'. See more »

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Episode 1.1
2 October 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

The Enfant Terrible of British cinema, Ken Russell was lured to his television home of the BBC with this racy adaptation of Lady Chatterley's Lover.

This first episode has class conflict, hidden passion and the after effects of war.

Sir Clifford Chatterley (James Wilby) is paralyzed in World War I, unable to produce an heir. His beautiful wife Connie (Joely Richardson) is left frustrated. Her desires are aroused when she meets gruff gamekeeper, Mellors (Sean Bean.)

In the opening episode Russell knows hot to keep viewers titillated, he has Richardson in full frontal nudity. He wants to make sure they return for the next episode. You also get visual flourishes from Russell as well, a dream sequence with young men displaying flowers as Lady Chatterley is beckoned by her husband to join him in the lake.

This is still a restraint Russell, he knows the medium is television and the morality police will have the knives out.


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