The BBC have announced they are filming a remake of Ken Russell’s 1969 erotic classic Women in Love, adapted from D.H Lawrence’s novel about sexual nature. William Ivory, a writer known for his television work on the BBC series Common As Muck and The Sins, will draw on Lawrence’s The Rainbow, to which Women in Love was written as a sequel. Lawrence had originally intended to publish them together as The Sisters. Rosamund Pike is cast in the role of sculptress Gudrun Brangwen; the same part that won Glenda Jackson her first Oscar. Shooting on the new film will begin in mid-April on locations in South Africa, standing in for a Midlands mining town.
Women in Love and John Braine’s novel Room at the Top will lead a season of programmes on the BBC Four exploring love and sexuality in 20th century literature.