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TV Preview: Secret Diary of a Call Girl

Watching Secret Diary of a Call Girl, which starts tonight on Showtime, is like getting let in on the juiciest piece of gossip ever. The show is sly and slick, pulling back the curtain on the world of sex-for-money in London and leaving you feeling like the ultimate insider.

The show stars Billie Piper as Belle, a high-class hooker — and the alter ego of Hannah, an everyday gal who prefers jeans and books to corsets and stilettos. In the first couple of episodes, Belle explains, in blunt and clever language, the mechanics of her job: Keep two closets and two cell phones, take the money first, give the client what he wants — and don't be afraid to enjoy it.

There's surprisingly little sex in Call Girl (and some of it is more funny than salacious, like when Belle puts a saddle on a particularly dorky, heavily sideburned client who has a thing for horses). The real seduction comes from Piper, who's eminently watchable as the confident, sassy Belle. Belle often speaks directly to the camera, not unlike Carrie in the early episodes of Sex and the City, but the narration doesn't seem forced or awkward. Indeed, it's all part of the fun, with Piper tossing her hair, cocking an eyebrow, and looking — it seems — right at you as she reveals another trick of her trade. It's clear, from the first few episodes, why people seem to fall in love with Belle left and right. I know I did.

The series premieres tonight at at 10:30 p.m. EDT and PDT. No Showtime (or can't wait)? You can check out the first two episodes online right now. To watch a preview with Belle talking about her life as a call girl, just


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omfg7891 omfg7891 9 years
i've seen a few episodes of this, i reckon its pretty good
skiwi skiwi 9 years
I saw the whole season before and loved it!! it felt wayy too short though :(
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i agree tiabia! :) I watched a few episodes of this show but didn't get into it. it isn't really anything special. oh well, i gave it a try. love billie, so needed to see what she was up to.
idawson idawson 9 years
tiabia - you are not lying! i watched the tom baker episodes when i was a youngster and love the new episodes!
tiabia tiabia 9 years
I watched the premiere episode last night and LOVED IT!!! I'm looking forward to the rest of the first series!!!! *Doctor Who isn't just "some show", it's damn near an institution!!! ;-)
idawson idawson 9 years
just watched episode 1. it was alright. i am generally a fan of billie piper's work. i think she is an engaging presence. cant wait to see her return as rose tyler!!!!
gingirl gingirl 9 years
I loved this show! I watched it all online. I was a little leery at first (Rose was my favorite character on Doctor Who!) but she's truly great in it, very charming, and it's all very tastefully done. I believe she said in an interview that none of the sex scenes were gratuitous, they were necessary, and I think that's true. Highly recommend it!
kurniakasih kurniakasih 9 years
OhMyLord, I can't imagine her as a call girl (after Rose--Dr Who) and that Jane Austen's tv 'movie' (Mansfield Park). Hee! I'm going to watch the episodes online now. :D
politica politica 9 years
Watched the whole season online... LOVE it. Billie Piper looks kind of funny in this preview, but she's gorgeous on the show.
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
I'll have to watch this one online - I don't have showtime but this looks interesting.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Looking forward to watching tonight.
missyosigirl missyosigirl 9 years
i love this! :D billie piper is all grown up eh? :)
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 9 years
I've watched the whole 1st season... since it was showed in the UK like ages ago..... It's such a good show!! I love it!
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 9 years
I love the first season of this. I can't wait until the second starts. I will definitely rewatch on Showtime.
karlorene karlorene 9 years
you should get Showtime :) the Tudors is an amazing show too
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 9 years
Maree, there will be a second series, yay! They started filming it in May (and will use a body double for some shots since she's pregs).
MindayH MindayH 9 years
I don't have showtime! bummer this show sounds great!
mareepossa mareepossa 9 years
Watched the whole season while it aired in the UK. Loved it! I hope there's going to be a season 2.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
apparently she's in a show called Dr Who where she plays Rose Tyler
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
Who's Rose?
krazykarot krazykarot 9 years
I love secret diary of a call girl and billie! It's so light and fun. Although it did take awhile to realize I wasn't watching rose anymore ;)
caernarvan caernarvan 9 years
I can't help it Billie Piper will always be Rose to me. And I don't know how I feel about her playing a hooker. I just can't find her attractive. She looks SO horsey. But maybe I'll get over it the same way I did with SJP.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I just watched the episodes on line and actually like it.
the-makeup-blogette the-makeup-blogette 9 years
the-makeup-blogette the-makeup-blogette 9 years
I have seen the whole series... very entertaing!
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