A love affair between two women is kept under wraps during Victorian-era England in "Tipping The Velvet" (2002), the BBC's miniseries adaptation of Sarah Waters 1998 novel. Nan Astley (Rachael Stirling) is a seaside restaurant cook who falls in love witha cabaret revue male impersonator (Keeley Hawes). They fall in love and move to London, where Nan also turns into a gender-bending entertainer. They eventually split and she is left to prostitute herself, posing as a boy. As her life spins out of control,Nan realizes she must pick up the pieces and start over.