The literary trend now is to disregard Lady Chatterley and see it as somehow inferior from Lawrence’s other great novels The Rainbow, Women in Love and Sons and Lovers and his highly regarded shorter fiction. One of the things I love about Lawrence is his dialogue, much of which I have lifted directly from the novel.

Lady chatterley s lover sex scene photo-71

There will almost certainly be a debate after the broadcast of my new BBC adaptation of DH Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover.

People have strong opinions about what subjects TV drama should and shouldn’t deal with and sexual love tends to fall into the category of “hmm, tricky”.

It’s obvious why this story is still discussed in terms of the scandal it caused when it was first published in Italy in 1928, and which continued through to the 1960 obscenity trial when the ban on the book was lifted.

The sex always dominates the discussions, but anyone who’s read Lawrence will know that he doesn’t deal with sex in a gratuitous way.

I’ve tried to be as faithful to Lawrence’s writing as possible in my new BBC film adaptation.

It's a very moving, tragic romance and I think there’s a lot we can still take from what it’s trying to teach us about class, the physical relationship between lovers and our relationship with nature.Some people dismiss the book today, partly because of the feminist backlash against Lawrence in the Seventies and partly because of what many perceive as the simplicity of the plot.Having apparently taken its lead from the popular Poldark, the adaptation - which had Borgias star Holliday Grainger in the title role and Game Of Thrones actor Richard Madden as her gamekeeper lover - contained some topless, steamy scenes.Lawrence's novel about love across the social divide tells the story of Constance Chatterley, a married woman who seeks sexual satisfaction elsewhere after her husband is wounded during the First World War and left paralysed from the waist down.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.