Screenplay and associated papers of Paul Bernard (1927-1997), film and televisiondesigner and director, 1979-1987

Scope and Content

The collection comprises papers of Paul Bernard and of his production companies, Thurzaproductions and Brightrose productions, relating to his screenplay of Lady Chatterley'sLover. It includes several different versions of the text, adapted in three and six parts. Alsopresent are correspondence, legal papers and other pre-production material gathered together byBernard and his assistant, Lois Singer, in the course of their attempts to film the adaptation.Bernard's screenplay was never filmed.

Administrative / Biographical History

Paul Bernard was born in 1927 and died in Twickenham, Middlesex on 27 September 1997. A film andtelevision designer and director, Bernard was production designer on the 1962 TV series 'Out of ThisWorld'. His directing credits include 'The Tomorrow People' (1973), 'Virgin of the Secret Service'(1968), 'Doctor Who' (episodes: 'Day of the Daleks' 1972, 'The Time Monster' 1972 and 'Frontier inSpace' 1973), as well as a number of episodes of the long-running British soap opera 'CoronationStreet' (1980). In 1979 he began work on a screenplay based on D.H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley'sLover. Production of the adaptation reached the stage of having settled locations, cast andfilming dates, but financial and copyright issues prevented the production of Bernard'sdramatisation from being completed.


The collection has been divided into two series bringing like documents together. Series onecomprises pre-production papers; series two contains versions of the script.

Access Information

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers.

REPROGRAPHIC: Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposesonly, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

Other Finding Aids

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  • In the reading room of the University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections: Database catalogue, access via a member of staff.
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Conditions Governing Use

COPYRIGHT: Permission to make published use of any material from this collection must be soughtin advance in writing from the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections(email of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. The Department willtry to assist in identifying copyright owners but the responsibility for copyright clearance beforepublication ultimately rests with the reader.


Custodial History

The collection was purchased by the University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts andSpecial Collections in 1999.

Related Material

The University of Nottingham; Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections: Extensive holdings of literary manuscripts, personal papers and other material relating to D.H. Lawrence. GB 159 La