The story of Nan Astley who falls in love with three different women on her journey to stardom and happiness in 1887 Victorian England.
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Series cast summary:
Rachael Stirling ...  Nan Astley 3 episodes, 2002
Keeley Hawes ...  Kitty Butler 3 episodes, 2002
Jodhi May ...  Florence Banner 2 episodes, 2002
Alexei Sayle ...  Charles Frobisher 2 episodes, 2002
Bernice Stegers ...  Mrs. Denby / ... 2 episodes, 2002
John Bowe ...  Walter Bliss 2 episodes, 2002
Anna Chancellor ...  Diana Lethaby 2 episodes, 2002
Sally Hawkins ...  Zena Blake 2 episodes, 2002
Janet Henfrey ...  Mrs. Jex 2 episodes, 2002
Sara Stockbridge ...  Dickie 2 episodes, 2002
Carl Chase Carl Chase ...  Corder 2 episodes, 2002
Di Botcher ...  Woman with Cigar 2 episodes, 2002
Sarah Crowden ...  Woman with Pipe / ... 2 episodes, 2002
Daniel Mays ...  Jimmy Burns 2 episodes, 2002
Michael Kilgarriff ...  Music Hall Chairman 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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Drama | Romance

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Trivia

As Nan Astley explains to Florence Banner in the final episode, "Tipping the Velvet" was a Victorian euphemism for cunnilingus. 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

Diana Lethaby: [after her and Nan's first romp] Oh, you exquisite little tart!
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Very enjoyable, campy romp through 1890s lesbo London
24 January 2003 | by sydneypatrickSee 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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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 2002 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Tipping the Velvet See more »

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Sally Head Productions See more »
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(3 parts)

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Stereo

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Color
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