Tipping the Velvet (2002)

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Set in the 1890's, tells the lesbian love affair between male impersonator music hall star Kitty Butler and Nan Astley.

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 Nan Astley (3 episodes, 2002)
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 Kitty Butler (3 episodes, 2002)
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 Diana Lethaby (2 episodes, 2002)
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 Florence Banner (2 episodes, 2002)
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 Charles Frobisher (2 episodes, 2002)
John Bowe ...
 Walter Bliss (2 episodes, 2002)
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 Zena Blake (2 episodes, 2002)
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 Woman with Cigar (2 episodes, 2002)
Carl Chase ...
 Corder (2 episodes, 2002)
Janet Henfrey ...
 Mrs. Jex (2 episodes, 2002)
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 Jimmy Burns (2 episodes, 2002)
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 Mrs. Denby (2 episodes, 2002)
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 Dickie (2 episodes, 2002)
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 Singer (2 episodes, 2002)
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Dramatised from Sarah Waters' acclaimed debut novel, "Tipping the Velvet" tells the story of Nancy Astley (Rachael Stirling), a young girl who works as cook and waitress in her Father's seaside restaurant - that is until she witnesses the extraordinary performance of a new-to-town male impersonator - Kitty Butler (Keeley Hawes) - and begins to undergo a complete life transformation. Suddenly whipped up - and quickly flung down - by her love affair with Kitty, she experiences both euphoria and deep disillusion as she embarks on a seven-year journey of self-discovery - finally realizing that a life of sensation just isn't enough. Written by Kanji

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In an interview Keeley Hawes said that she and Rachel Stirling got drunk before shooting the love scenes, but also said kissing a woman was not much different than kissing a man. See more »

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The roses Kitty gives out in her act are obviously artificial. But later when Nan shows Kitty she kept the rose she received from her, the rose is wilted. See more »

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Nancy Nan Astley: Don't you know? Hasn't she told you about us?
Walter Bliss: I know that you were sweethearts of a kind.
Nancy Nan Astley: Of a kind? The kind that hold hands? Didn't she tell you that we fuck eachother?!
Walter Bliss: I don't care to use such language Nan. And if I did, I wouldn't use it for anything a pair of girls could do, you need a man for that I think you'll find.
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Very enjoyable, campy romp through 1890s lesbo London
24 January 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

For every fan of coming of age tales, this 3 hour adaptation of the

Sarah Waters novel is pure fun. Cinematic nods to Baz Luhrman's

kinetic style, as well as to all those prim and proper period pieces

ever present on the BBC (where you're likely to have seen almost

every prominent member of this cast). It's rather bawdy and over

the top in spots, but that's just what the novel called for. The cast

is appealing and, in the cases of Anna Chancellor and Hugh

Bonneville, perfect. In the case of Rachel Sterling, as our heroine

Nan, you simply must overlook the fact that she's far too pretty to

ever be mistaken for a boy and run with it. It's a fantasy, after all.

Some fans of the novel may be put out by the various changes in

character (particularly that of Jodhi May's character, Florence), but

the changes all work toward the greater good of this teleplay and

provide an overall high quality entertainment value.


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