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5.0 out of 5 stars The Chatterley Affair, 11 Mar. 2009
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"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.
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Initial post: 11 Apr 2014 11:37:35 BDT
Sara Moger says:
Richard Hoggart, Academic, Warden of Goldsmiths College, University of London, Arts Council Vice-Chairman, Assistant Director General UNESCO, Reith lecturer, author of the influential and groundbreaking book The Uses of Literacy, was a key defence witness in the Lady Chatterley obscenity trial - of course his evidence was included!

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Apr 2014 20:43:03 BDT
Van rooyen says:
Thank you for the information. A very interesting time indeed!
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