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The 1993 BBC Television adaptation of the D.H. Lawrence novels based on the characters of Lady Constance Chatterley and groundskeeper Oliver Mellors was also released as a movie in the U.S. The television serial is best known as one of the later works of acclaimed, Oscar winning British television and film director Ken Russell. Featuring a few scenes of full frontal nudity the 4 part television series was controversial in the U.K. when it was first screened in 1993. D.H. Lawrence produced three novels telling the story of Lady Chatterley, called Lady Chatterley's Lover, The First lady Chatterley, and John Thomas and Lady Jane. The title sequence of the 1993 adaptation of Lawrence's controversial work claims to use all the novels as the basis for the teleplay, which was written by Ken Russell and Michael Haggiag. The series of four episodes totaling 220 minutes tells the story of lady Constance Chatterley who sees her husband Lord Clifford Chatterley return from World War One injured and incapable of physical intimacy. The couple return to his family's large estate in the English countryside and grow more distant as the story progresses; to escape the boredom and unhappiness of her marriage Constance walks the ground and comes across groundskeeper Oliver Mellors, played by Sean Bean. Realizing the problems within her marriage are due to the lack of love and physical intimacy in the relationship Constance begins an affair with Mellors; the relationship between Mellors and Constance continues and results in a pregnancy. Upon its original screening in the U.K. the full frontal nudity of Lady Chatterley actress Joely Richardson and Sean Bean caused controversy and guaranteed the series was successful. Compared to the other work of director Ken Russell, which included The Devils and The Lair of the White Worm the show is less controversial and gratuitous than his other films and TV shows. this is the third of Russell's D.H. Lawrence adaptations, which began with the Oscar winning movie of Women in Love and continued with The Rainbow. Following the success of the TV version in the U.K. prompted the BBC to edit the original 220 minute version down to 110 minutes and release the show as a movie in the U.S. The show is often seen as a satirical critique of the English aristocracy in after the First World War.