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Tipping the Velvet 

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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Cast

Series cast summary:
Rachael Stirling ...  Nan Astley 3 episodes, 2002
Keeley Hawes ...  Kitty Butler 3 episodes, 2002
Anna Chancellor ...  Diana Lethaby 2 episodes, 2002
Jodhi May ...  Florence Banner 2 episodes, 2002
Alexei Sayle ...  Charles Frobisher 2 episodes, 2002
John Bowe ...  Walter Bliss 2 episodes, 2002
Sally Hawkins ...  Zena Blake 2 episodes, 2002
Di Botcher ...  Woman with Cigar 2 episodes, 2002
Carl Chase Carl Chase ...  Corder 2 episodes, 2002
Janet Henfrey Janet Henfrey ...  Mrs. Jex 2 episodes, 2002
Daniel Mays ...  Jimmy Burns 2 episodes, 2002
Bernice Stegers ...  Mrs. Denby 2 episodes, 2002
Sara Stockbridge Sara Stockbridge ...  Dickie 2 episodes, 2002
Susie Valerio Susie Valerio ...  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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Official Sites:

BBCi [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 2002 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Besant el vellut See more »

Filming Locations:

Whitstable, Kent, England, UK See more »

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Production Co:

Sally Head Productions See more »
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(3 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

One of the songs in the film, "Following in Father's Footsteps," was originally performed by famous male impersonator Vesta Tilley in the London halls of Victorian England during the late 1800s, when "Tipping the Velvet" is set. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Freddy: You can hold on as tight as you like. Don't worry, I'll tell you if it hurts.
Nancy Nan Astley: No, I don't want to!
Freddy: What's the matter?
Nancy Nan Astley: Nothing, I just don't want that Freddy.
Freddy: I am serious you know Nan? We could be engaged! Well, then it would be alright wouldn't it?
Nancy Nan Astley: Can't we just go on as we are?
Freddy: You don't really care for me at all.
Nancy Nan Astley: I do though.
Freddy: No you don't, you just like to keep me there tagging along like. If you really cared for me you'd let me do it.
Nancy Nan Astley: Well then, I don't care for you!
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Referenced in Miranda: Excuse (2009) See more »

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Very Sweet... Very Sexy
16 September 2004 | by aymanrizkSee all my reviews

This wonderful 3 part BBC production is one of the sweetest love stories that I have seen in a while. The actresses display a very high level of talent, especially Rachael Stirling as Nan Astley. She is funny, seductive and cute. The love making scenes and the close up kisses are very erotic regardless of one's sexual preference.

The characters are well defined and very believable. I guess this is a by-product of a good adaptation from a well written novel.

A truly remarkable well paced drama that picks up speed quickly after a couple of boring (but necessary) scenes in the beginning.

My vote: 9/10


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