Secret Diary Of A Call Girl S01E05 (ITV)

Billie Piper stars as Belle de Jour, a call girl from London. This show is based on the blog of Belle de Jour. She has written two books about her life and had been a contributing writer of the Telegraph until 2006. ITV has ordered a total of 8 episodes of this show.

Hannah and Ben finally talk about her job as a prostitute. We find out that they used to go out together. Ben can’t really make heads or tails over this statement. He is still shocked. The Belle in Hannah tries to tell Ben that she loves sex and enjoys her job, but from what I know of prostitution, it’s not always a choice. It’s a vicious circle. Naturally most parts of the oldest profession are glamorized in this serial, but I’m sure that there is some truth behind it all.

A few years ago, I researched the so-called escort blogs and found them intriguing. However I found that they were repetitive and quickly got bored. Some of the better ones delved into the deeper issues involving their professions. Others just glamorized the fact that they got flown around the world to meet top clients. My guess is that the latter were just fantasies. I don’t know how I feel about the statement that these jobs actually empower the women who do them. I think most likely that it’s the other way around. Tales of easy money and incredible social lives are used to dupe a lot of people into doing things that they don’t want to do.

Nevertheless this show is still very important since it’s based initially on a blog, and it’s the first show I’ve known of that’s like that. I find it interesting because it makes us discuss the situation with others. Maybe that is the intended goal. Discussion and exposure of certain subjects that we would rather not talk about.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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Belle is getting dressed for a wedding. Belle finds out that Ash is trying to book a threesome. He wasn’t happy about Belle leaving him alone during their last tryst. Belle left to see another impromptu client, which Ash probably noticed. Ben hasn’t mentioned a word since she revealed that she was a prostitute. We find out that they were going out together. Things get awkward. She shows off her large amount of cash and Ben scoots away.

A few years ago, she had a one night stand and got paid for sex. That’s how she started her life as a prostitute. She goes to meet Naomi, a new girl.

I will go gay for pay.
Belle on women.

Belle and Naomi have some fun and make out. They are trying to get ready for Ash, Belle’s regular who booked the threesome. They have sex with Ash and have a strange partnership. Ash makes some strange remarks afterwards. He makes some barbs about the money that they make and the profession that they enjoy. Obviously Belle did something the last time they were together to make him feel this way.

Belle and Naomi exchange numbers and names. They talk about their professions and eat Chinese food. They bond and have fun. She is shocked to find out from Stephanie that Ash is now with Naomi. She decides not to have anymore contact with Naomi.

She was trying to find a substitute for Ben and ends up going back to him after she learns what Naomi did. She asks him to come around. He wants her to try and talk to him about her life. He asks her to be her best man.

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