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Tipping the Velvet ()


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Season: 1 Year: 2002

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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  Nan Astley (3 episodes, 2002)
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  Kitty Butler (3 episodes, 2002)
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  Florence Banner (2 episodes, 2002)
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  Charles Frobisher (2 episodes, 2002)
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  Mrs. Denby / ... (2 episodes, 2002)
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  Walter Bliss (2 episodes, 2002)
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  Diana Lethaby (2 episodes, 2002)
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  Zena Blake (2 episodes, 2002)
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  Mrs. Jex (2 episodes, 2002)
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  Dickie (2 episodes, 2002)
Carl Chase ...
  Corder (2 episodes, 2002)
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  Woman with Cigar (2 episodes, 2002)
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  Woman with Pipe / ... (2 episodes, 2002)
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  Jimmy Burns (2 episodes, 2002)
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  Music Hall Chairman (2 episodes, 2002)
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  Mr. Astley (1 episode, 2002)
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  Alice Astley (1 episode, 2002)
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  Mrs. Astley (1 episode, 2002)
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  Ralph Banner (1 episode, 2002)
Peter Kelly ...
  Davy Astley (1 episode, 2002)
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  Bill (1 episode, 2002)
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  Freddy (1 episode, 2002)
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  Gully Sutherland (1 episode, 2002)
Theresa Watson ...
  Mrs. Best (1 episode, 2002)
Milly Gregory ...
  Mary (1 episode, 2002)
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  Tony Reeves (1 episode, 2002)
Jim McManus ...
  Tricky Reeves (1 episode, 2002)
David Spinx ...
  Rough Man (1 episode, 2002)
Eleanor McCready ...
  Tramp Lady (1 episode, 2002)
David Simeon ...
  Middle-Aged Gent (1 episode, 2002)
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  Man at Mrs. Milne's (1 episode, 2002)
Tilly Vosburgh ...
  Mrs. Milne (1 episode, 2002)
Heather Dickinson ...
  Grace Milne (1 episode, 2002)
Louis Alderton ...
  Baby Cyril (1 episode, 2002)
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  Renter Alice (1 episode, 2002)
William Sleigh ...
  Barber (1 episode, 2002)
Edward Clayton ...
  Rough Customer (1 episode, 2002)
Angela Curran ...
  Mrs. Sykes (1 episode, 2002)
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  Annie Price (1 episode, 2002)
Alex Kelly ...
  Gay Girl (1 episode, 2002)
Janet Fullerlove ...
  Elsie (1 episode, 2002)
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  Drunk Man (1 episode, 2002)
Abby Ford ...
  Miss Brown (unknown episodes)
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  Singer (uncredited) (2 episodes, 2002)
Ray Donn ...
  Customer (uncredited) (unknown episodes)
Suzy Kewer ...
  Victorian Singer (uncredited) (unknown episodes)
John Perkins ...
  Charles Frobisher's Friend (uncredited) (unknown episodes)
Richard Pettyfer ...
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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Besant el vellut (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Muskając aksamit (Poland)
  • Бархатные ножки (Russia)
  • Bársony nyalóka (Hungary)
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  • 177 min
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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 »
Movie Connections Featured in 100 Greatest Sexy Moments (2003). See more »
Quotes Diana Lethaby: [after her and Nan's first romp] Oh, you exquisite little tart!
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