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Lady Chatterley love story on BBC
Louise Delamere in The Chatterley Affair
The Chatterley Affair stars Louise Delamere
A fictional love story about the 1960 obscenity trial of DH Lawrence's book, Lady Chatterley's Lover, is to be screened on BBC Four.

The drama sees two jurors at the famous Old Bailey trial fall in love under the influence of Lawrence's prose.

The Chatterley Affair, written by Andrew Davies, is part of the winter/spring season on BBC Four.

Other highlights include comedian Jack Dee in Lead Balloon, and a drama about Carry-on star Kenneth Williams.

'Imaginary truth'

Lawrence's sexually explicit novel tells of Lady Chatterley's passionate affair with Mellors, the family gamekeeper, and details their erotic meetings.

The book was published in Italy in 1928 and in Paris the following year, but was banned in the UK until 1960, following the much-publicised trial.

In The Chatterley Affair, jurors Keith (Rafe Spall) and Helena (Louise Delamere) fall in love during the trial with their affair echoing that of Lady Chatterley and Mellors.

Davies said the drama was purely fictional and that he had not spoken to any of the nine men and three women jurors.

Michael Sheen plays Kenneth Williams in Fantabulosa
Michael Sheen plays Kenneth Williams in Fantabulosa

He said: "I hope it's going to be a fascinating mix of documentary, truth and imaginary truth.

"I have respected what I suspect is the right thing, that you don't talk to jury members."

In Lead Balloon, which Dee devised and co-wrote, Dee plays disillusioned comic Rick Spleen who hosts corporate events such as The Heating and Ventilation Awards.

BBC Four controller Janice Hadlow said: "We are in the throes of commissioning what looks like a great series for us.

"It's not quite Jack Dee playing himself. His character is much less successful than the real Jack."

Actor Michael Sheen will play Carry-On star Kenneth Williams in Fantabulosa - The Diaries of Kenneth Williams.

The 80-minute drama is based on Williams' own diaries.

Ms Hadlow said: "The diaries are remarkable for their candour and for the picture they give of what it's like to be a human being.

"What Michael Sheen brings to the performance, what he really captures, is the mix of vulnerability that Kenneth Williams had and his courage and sense of self as well."




SEE ALSO:
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New view on DH Lawrence's legacy
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