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Secret Diary of a Call Girl 

TV-MA | | Drama | TV Series (2007–2011)
Based on the popular diary of the anonymous sex worker known only as Belle de Jour.

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Lucy Prebble
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4   3   2   1  
2011   2010   2009   2008   2007  
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Series cast summary:
Billie Piper ...  Belle / ... 32 episodes, 2007-2011
Iddo Goldberg ...  Ben 31 episodes, 2007-2011
Cherie Lunghi ...  Stephanie 17 episodes, 2007-2011
Ashley Madekwe ...  Bambi 14 episodes, 2008-2010
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Based on the popular diary of the anonymous sex worker known only as Belle de Jour.

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 June 2008 (USA) See more »

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Secret Diary of a Call Girl See more »

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(8 episodes)

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Color
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Trivia

Belle du Jour's name was inspired by Belle de Jour (1967). The movie is about a prostitute played by Catherine Deneuve who also bears the name 'Belle de jour', which in French means 'beauty of the day', as opposed to 'Belle de nuit' which means 'beauty of the night'. See more »

Quotes

Belle: Escort, hooker, prostitute. I don't care what do you call me. Because after all, I love sex and money. And I love to suck a big fat cock, get orgasm and fill myself. This is life. And I'm living it.
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Connections

Remade as Diario secreto de una profesional (2012) See more »

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You Know I'm No Good
(Theme Song)
Written and Performed by Amy Winehouse
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Belle, but without an edge.
6 May 2008 | by sisterdysterSee all my reviews

I'm rather surprised to see that some of the previous commentators who have also read the book didn't find it somewhat disturbing that that the main character has been quite dramatically changed. Sure, it's a TV series that has to be "glossy" and seductive to attract an audience, and although I find Piper somewhat dull, a bit over-polished perhaps, I suppose she's doing alright.

What I find disappointing is that the book's raunchy, funny and extremely in-control woman has been transformed into a nice but flat Ann Summers girl. Take for example Belle's bisexuality (yes, the "real" Belle enjoys sex with women!), which is a recurring element in the book. In the TV series, she has to turn to the camera and reassure us that she's definitely NOT a lesbian, but she "will go gay for pay". And what's with the dilly-dallying with her "ex", Ben? I suppose this would be the book's "N". With whom she in the book has long discussions about anal sex and fisting, for example. The series' Ben doesn't even know what she does for a living.

The Belle of the series then is nowhere near the cool, funny, and sexually explosive Belle I've got to know through the book. What on the surface actually has potential as a sleek and sexy show, is really just an empty promise that even the naughtiest hooker is really a sweet and innocent girl. I agree with a previous commentator that it would have been interesting to have seen what Channel 4 could have done to evoke the true Belle.


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