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Tipping the Velvet ()


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Season: 1 Year: 2002

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)
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  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)
Sara Stockbridge ...
  Dickie (2 episodes, 2002)
Susie Valerio ...
  Singer (2 episodes, 2002)
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  Ralph Banner (1 episode, 2002)
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  Gully Sutherland (1 episode, 2002)
Louis Alderton ...
  Baby Cyril (1 episode, 2002)
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  Drunk Man (1 episode, 2002)
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  Annie Price (1 episode, 2002)
Edward Clayton ...
  Rough Customer (1 episode, 2002)
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  Woman with Pipe (1 episode, 2002)
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  Freddy (1 episode, 2002)
Angela Curran ...
  Mrs. Sykes (1 episode, 2002)
Heather Dickinson ...
  Grace Milne (1 episode, 2002)
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  Alice Astley (1 episode, 2002)
Janet Fullerlove ...
  Elsie (1 episode, 2002)
Sam Graham ...
  Man at Mrs. Milne's (1 episode, 2002)
Milly Gregory ...
  Mary (1 episode, 2002)
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  Mr. Astley (1 episode, 2002)
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  Mrs. Astley (1 episode, 2002)
Alex Kelly ...
  Gay Girl (1 episode, 2002)
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  Tony Reeves (1 episode, 2002)
Peter Kelly ...
  Davy Astley (1 episode, 2002)
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  Music Hall Chairman (1 episode, 2002)
Eleanor McCready ...
  Tramp Lady (1 episode, 2002)
Jim McManus ...
  Tricky Reeves (1 episode, 2002)
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  Renter Alice (1 episode, 2002)
David Simeon ...
  Middle-Aged Gent (1 episode, 2002)
William Sleigh ...
  Barber (1 episode, 2002)
David Spinx ...
  Rough Man (1 episode, 2002)
Tilly Vosburgh ...
  Mrs. Milne (1 episode, 2002)
Theresa Watson ...
  Mrs. Best (1 episode, 2002)
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  Bill (1 episode, 2002)
Abby Ford ...
  Miss Brown (unknown episodes)
Ray Donn ...
  Customer (uncredited) (unknown episodes)
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  Victorian Singer (uncredited) (unknown episodes)
John Perkins ...
  Charles Frobisher's Friend (uncredited) (unknown episodes)
Richard Pettyfer ...
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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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Also Known As
  • Besant el vellut (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Бархатные ножки (Russia)
  • Bársony nyalóka (Hungary)
  • Muskajac aksamit (Poland)
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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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