Recalling the steamy nature of this BBC production from the early 1990s, it was good to be able to see it on DVD again. Ken Russell directs this prestigious production of the Lady Chatterley story which manages to encompass D.H. Lawrence's three books in three and a half hours worth of drama. Firstly the casting is splendid - Joely Richardson pitches her performance in the title role splendidly, managing to capture Connie's vivacious, passionate nature with a caring side, Sean Bean's portrayal of the rough, brutish but undeniably romantic Mellors is perfect, even down to his character's use of local dialect and James Wilby as the cuckolded husband, paralysed in the First World War manages to command his character's intelligence and stoic nature to great aplomb. Special mention must also be made of Shirley Anne Field's portrayal of Sir Clifford's nurse, Mrs Bolton manages to tread the difficult line of being aware of what's going on but managing to stay neutral.
Ken Russell manages to capture the cinematography wonderfully and the exterior scenes are lush and verdant. There are a number of scenes which show Connie dressed in white wandering through the grimy pit town which provide a sharp contrast between the classes. My only bugbear with this production was Russell casting himself as Connie's father, which was a bit strange and the somewhat odd and innapropriate orchestral score which eminates during the Connie and Mellors' somewhat energetic love scenes - you half expect the orchestra to be sitting in a nearby copse, playing away! Overall though, an excellent production and well worth a second viewing.