"The Chatterley Affair" is a telemovie made by the BBC and first screened in the UK in 2006. It centres around the 1960 trial under the Obscene Publications Act, surrounding the publication of D.H.Lawrence's novel, "Lady Chatterley's Lover." As the trial progresses in London's Old Bailey, a fictional sexual liaison develops between two of the jurors. Rafe Spall and Louise Delamere star as the trysting jurors, Keith and Helena. Their passionate affair, which takes place during the course of the trial, mirrors the themes of the novel.
Both Spall and Delamere are very fine in the lead roles. Spall's Keith is a sexually naïve young man with little experience of the world. He is married and lives with his wife in humble circumstances. Delamere's Helena is an affluent, worldly-wise divorcee, living alone in London. For me, Rafe Spall stole the show. His is an electrifying, on-screen presence. Helena tells Keith that he is "beautiful" and that he has "bedroom eyes," both of which are most certainly true. Helena is on the rebound following her divorce and though she is indisputably sexually athletic, her character sometimes presents as being somewhat cloyingly needy at times.
Another outstanding member of the cast is Pip Torrens, who plays the real-life prosecutor, Mervyn Griffith-Jones. He has some of the best lines in the production. For example, "Is it a book that you would even wish your wife or your servants to read?"
I understand E.M.Forster gave evidence at the real-life trial. His evidence is not included in the telemovie. I would have personally preferred to see E.M.Forster included, rather than the David Tennant character of sociologist, Richard Hoggart.
Congratulations to Andrew Davies and all concerned on an excellent production.