Tipping the Velvet
Episode 1, aired 9 Oct 2002.
Nan works with her family in an oyster bar in Whitstable but is somewhat disenchanted with her life, particularly with her boyfriend. She doesn't seem to feel the same with him as other girls do. At the theatre, she is bowled over by one particular act, Kitty Butler, a male impersonator, who sets her heart a-flutter. Kitty invites her to become her dresser and the two set off for the bright (lime)lights of London.
Nan is in love with Kitty, though she's not sure if Kitty will reciprocate. Pretty soon, Nan becomes part of the act, and the pair go down a storm. At a party one night to celebrate, Nan gets a little too involved with a bandsman for Kitty's liking, who flounces off. Her true feelings are revealed after Nan chases after her and they embark on a passionate affair.
Anxious to demonstrate her new-found success she returns home to her family, bearing lavish gifts. But her sister, whom she regarded as her best friend is now cold and distant, and warns her not to tell her parents of her relationship with Kitty. Back in the capital, she discovers Kitty and their manager who have spent the night together, and her world comes crashing down.