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. —IMDb
Geoffrey Sax began his career in the 1970s, working for the BBC as an in-house director. Some of his earliest work includes the 30-minute special Canned Laughter, written by and starring Rowan Atkinson, and British comedy series such as End of Part One and Cannon & Ball. He moved into drama with episodes of Bergerac and Lovejoy, then directed Christopher Lee in the TV movie The Disputation (1986).
After leaving the BBC, Sax worked on freelance TV programs such as The New Statesman, for which he won a 1991 BAFTA TV award for Best Comedy Series. Subsequent British TV work includes movies such as Framed (1992) starring Timothy Dalton and Circle of Deceit (1993) starring Derek Jacobi.
Sax then went to the U.S. to work on American TV movies such as Broken Trust (1995) starring Tom Selleck for the Turner Network, Dr. Who starring Eric Roberts for Fox and the Showtime western telefilm Ruby Jean and Joe (1996) again with Selleck before returning to his homeland.
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It's got girls in suits, lesbians, Victoriana, vaudeville, decadent parties, kink, and an old-fashioned strap on. In other words, it should be AWESOME. Sadly, I can't sit through this without laughing. Even though the subject matter is dark, the writing is painfully twee and the acting is hammy and heavy-handed.