Monday, July 22, 2013

Tipping the Velvet

2002 British Television Mini-Series

Cast: Rachael Stirling, Keeley Hawes, Anna Chancellor, Jodhi May, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins and Benedict Cumberbatch
Director: Geoffrey Sax
Writer: Andrew Davies, based on the novel by Sarah Waters

In Victorian England circa the 1890s, a young woman falls in love with a male impersonator, follows her to London, and finds various ways to support herself as she journeys through the city.



  • DVD: Available
  • Book: Available


  • Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival Award for Best Feature.
  • BAFTA TV Award nomination for Best Original Television Music.
  • Dallas OUT TAKES Awards for Best Feature and Actress (Stirling).
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Television Movie or Mini-Series.
  • Hamburg Lesbian and Gay Film Festival Eurola Award.

  • Sarah Waters' debut novel Tipping the Velvet was first published in 1998. Her subsequent novels, Affinity and Fingersmith, were also adapted for film. She makes a cameo appearance in the mini-series, as an audience member at one of the shows.
  • The title is an obscure Victorian pornographic slang reference to cunnilingus.
  • Originally broadcast in three parts on the UK television channel BBC.

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