The prosecution was unable to make a substantial case against the novel and at one point prosecution counsel Mervyn Griffith-Jones shocked the jury by asking: 'Is it a book you would wish your wife or servants to read?

Jed Mercurio, who has turned the D H Lawrence classic into a 90-minute television drama for Sunday night, said his Lady Chatterley would be mostly covered up despite the sexual nature of the storyline.

" Madden told the Press Association in March."All that stigma, all that smut's gone and it's actually it's just about these three people which is the fascinating story of it.

He struggled to his dying day to push the boundaries of artistic expression." Recent years have seen something of a backlash against gratuitous female nudity and, particularly, rape as a plot device in popular television shows, with programmes including Game of Thrones being heavily criticised for their treatment of women.

Lady Chatterley's Lover, however, will see Constance's own sexual pleasure as central to the storyline; denied by her frustrated husband and satiated by groundsman Oliver Mellors.

The arrogant and ruthless Sir Clifford Chatterley, played by Happy Valley's James Norton, is desperate for an heir to inherit his mining fortune so is not averse to the idea of Constance sleeping with other men – as long as they are from the right social class.

The book was first published in Italy in 1928 and subsequently banned in Britain, before becoming the first novel to be tested under the 1959 Obscene Publications Act for frequent use of the word ‘f***’ and its derivatives.

"I wouldn't have taken the part if the purpose of it was to be raunchy and crude," said Madden.

"I just wanted to tell a love story." Referring to scenes in which he appears topless, he added: "It's not like we've glorified any of those shots you know, covered in sweat in the sunshine. It's not that sexy." Madden appears alongside Holliday Grainger and James Norton in the Jed Mercurio adaptation, which forms part of the BBC's early 20th century literature season.

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