Secret Diary Of A Call Girl S01E08 (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.

This is the finale of the 8 episode season ITV ordered for this show based on the blog of of Belle de Jour. In the season finale, Belle has to decide between a super elite group of whores or being an independent escort. She tries out the first part and finds that it isn’t for her. She learns some surprising news from Ben.

I thought this episode was OK. Belle manages to resolve her professional problems. The über whore life isn’t for Belle. I guess it sets up another season adequately. I still find that the show doesn’t get into enough details about the life of a prostitute. It just skims the surface. Other shows like Californication and Weeds are able to delve deeper into issues while maintaining the same half hour format. Why didn’t Secret Diary?

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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A rich American film producing client Mr. Rothman offers to nominate her for Diamond International Courtesans.

Courtesans only have a few long term clients and make a fortune. Belle has an interview thanks to Mr. Rothman. She had to bring samples of her wardrobe. The women who are in charge tell her that she needs to have a lot of life skills. She needs to know languages, how to ski and other things. Belle takes a break for her disaster of an interview and comes back with an excellent comeback. She is in.

Belle quits her agency with Stephanie. She needs Ben to take new pictures of her.

Rothman is giving Belle an apartment. It’s an incredible affair. She moves in. She starts her business. Rothman invites her to Scotland for a film chute. It’s pouring rain in when she arrives. Rothman spends some time bathing Belle. Belle wants his attention, but she doesn’t go about it the right way Rothman is known as a collector. He has women all over the world in different places. Belle is bored and back in London. She misses proper whoring. How stupid!

Hannah complicates Ben’s life and calls him over in the middle of the night. She makes sure that Vanessa knows that Ben is out with Hannah. He leaves.

Rothman comes to find Belle. She isn’t in the apartment anymore. She’s setting herself up as an independent escort. Ben says that he called off the wedding.

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