List of Secret Diary of a Call Girl episodes

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The following is a list of episodes for Secret Diary of a Call Girl, a British television drama broadcast on ITV2 based on the blog and books by the pseudonymous "Belle de Jour," starring Billie Piper as "Belle", a high-class London call girl. The series was written by Lucy Prebble, who is also known as the author of The Sugar Syndrome and ENRON. The series has been compared to Sex and the City by many critics, mainly due to its humorous approach to sex.[1][2] The third series began on 28 January 2010, on ITV2.[3] The fourth and final series began on 1 February 2011, on ITV2.

Series overview[edit]

Series Episodes Originally aired
Series premiere Series finale
1 8 27 September 2007 (2007-09-27) 15 November 2007 (2007-11-15)
2 8 11 September 2008 (2008-09-11) 23 October 2008 (2008-10-23)
3 8 28 January 2010 (2010-01-28) 11 March 2010 (2010-03-11)
4 8 1 February 2011 (1 February 2011) 22 March 2011 (22 March 2011)

Episode list[edit]

Series 1 (2007)[edit]

No. # Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 1 "Episode 1.1" Yann Demange Lucy Prebble 27 September 2007 (2007-09-27)
Belle, a high-priced high-class prostitute, explains her life and adventures. As she meets with clients, she also runs into some problems by breaking her own rules.
2 2 "Episode 1.2" Yann Demange Lucy Prebble 4 October 2007 (2007-10-04)
Belle is invited to the most prestigious adult party in the country, but her client doesn't want to join in on the action. She tries to get rid of him to engage with a couple she just met, creating a conflict in her personal life.
3 3 "Episode 1.3" Yann Demange Lucy Prebble & Julie Gearey 11 October 2007 (2007-10-11)
One of Belle's favourite clients has booked her for the entire night. When he falls asleep, Belle searches for a new adventure to ease the boredom.
4 4 "Episode 1.4" Yann Demange Lucy Prebble 18 October 2007 (2007-10-18)
When a client — her accountant — asks to experiment with S&M, even Belle's eyes are opened. Hannah's best friend, Ben, suddenly announces that he is getting married.
5 5 "Episode 1.5" Susan Tully Nicole Taylor 25 October 2007 (2007-10-25)
Belle works for her favourite client together with another girl. When he dumps her for the new girl, she's upset and calls Ben — who is still reeling from the discovery of her secret identity.
6 6 "Episode 1.6" Susan Tully Katie Douglas 1 November 2007 (2007-11-01)
After a bad review, Belle takes a break, and Hannah meets a normal guy. But will it work when he meets Belle?
7 7 "Episode 1.7" Susan Tully Julie Gearey 8 November 2007 (2007-11-08)
Belle is booked for a foursome with a married couple as a wedding anniversary gift to each other. Can she manage to find a partner in time for the booking?
8 8 "Episode 1.8" Susan Tully Lucy Prebble 15 November 2007 (2007-11-15)
Belle is offered a once in a lifetime opportunity to become more than just a regular prostitute. However what effect will her career change have on her life?

Series 2 (2008)[edit]

No. # Title Directed by Written by Original air date
9 1 "Episode 2.1" Fraser MacDonald Lucy Prebble 11 September 2008 (2008-09-11)
A journalist tries to blackmail Belle after he spots her with a client who turns out to be a politician. She also finds trouble in the form of Bambi, a girl with aspirations of becoming a high-class escort.
10 2 "Episode 2.2" Fraser MacDonald Lucy Prebble 11 September 2008 (2008-09-11)
Belle considers plastic surgery and agrees to go on a date with Alex. Meanwhile, Bambi finds herself in a dangerous situation.
11 3 "Episode 2.3" Fraser MacDonald Julie Gearey 18 September 2008 (2008-09-18)
Hannah is trying to be a girlfriend for the first time in years. And it's a struggle. She finds work relationships so much simpler. That is until the wife of a client turns up on her doorstep demanding to know what Belle's been up to with her husband.
12 4 "Episode 2.4" Fraser MacDonald Chloe Moss 25 September 2008 (2008-09-25)
Belle has a professional crisis. During a disastrous threesome with Bambi and a flashy nightclub owner, Belle freezes. She just can't go through with it. Why? She meets up with Ben and spells it out - she is in love with Alex. How can she ever work again?
13 5 "Episode 2.5" Peter Lydon Nicole Taylor 2 October 2008 (2008-10-02)
So it's decided. Today is the day that Belle will finally come clean and tell Alex what she does for a living. She can't face lying to the man she loves any longer. The results are explosive.
14 6 "Episode 2.6" Peter Lydon Rebecca Lenkiewicz 9 October 2008 (2008-10-09)
Belle is filling her days - and nights - with work as she tries to get over breaking up with Alex. So she's only too ready to accept an invitation to a sex party at a remote country manor house but things are turning nasty.
15 7 "Episode 2.7" Peter Lydon Tim Price 16 October 2008 (2008-10-16)
Belle's night of passion with Ben has only confirmed to her that she needs to make a go of her relationship with Alex. She begs him to try again, ditches all her call girl paraphernalia and gets a job as a temp.
16 8 "Episode 2.8" Peter Lydon Julie Gearey 23 October 2008 (2008-10-23)
Belle is contacted by her old madam, Stephanie, for one last job.

Billie and the Real Belle Bare All (2010)[edit]

Billie and the Real Belle Bare All is a one-off television program that aired on ITV2 on January 25, 2010, ahead of the Series 3 premiere of Secret Diary of a Call Girl. The program, which took place at The May Fair, consisted of Billie Piper, who stars as Hannah Baxter in Secret Diary of a Call Girl, interviewing Dr. Brooke Magnanti, a former call girl who, until November 2009 remained anonymous known only by the pseudonym "Belle de Jour".

Series 3 (2010)[edit]

No. # Title Directed by Written by Original air date
17 1 "Episode 3.1" Owen Harris Chloe Moss 28 January 2010 (2010-01-28)
Belle's life is getting more complicated as she tries to juggle three different identities - an escort, an author, and Hannah. A disguised Belle attends the launch of her book, but her confidence is knocked by hearing criticism first-hand. Her handsome editor Duncan reassures her that she has what it takes to be a writer but Bambi and Ben have issues of their own with the book. There is a surprise in store at home.
18 2 "Episode 3.2" Owen Harris Tim Price 28 January 2010 (2010-01-28)
Belle tries to explain away the tools of her trade to her sister Jackie, which leads to a trip to a fetish club. But is it a wise idea to unleash Jackie's libido? Meanwhile, Bambi goes on her first appointment with a young and aristocratic client, and finds herself in danger of falling for him. Belle asks Duncan for help with her writer's block. 
19 3 "Episode 3.3" Owen Harris Richard Hurst 4 February 2010 (2010-02-04)
As Belle's publisher Duncan encourages her to think about what really turns her clients on Belle considers merging business with pleasure. Tension with Jackie grows as it becomes clear the apartment isn't big enough for them both.
20 4 "Episode 3.4" Owen Harris Rebecca Lenkiewicz 11 February 2010 (2010-02-11)
Belle struggles to keep her relationship with Duncan professional and Ben reveals that he wants to end things with Jackie. Meanwhile, Bambi admits the truth about Byron and her.
21 5 "Episode 3.5" China Moo-Young Rebecca Lenkiewicz 18 February 2010 (2010-02-18)
Belle reminds herself that call girls cannot have boyfriends, but Bambi and Byron seem to be proving her wrong. Has Belle written off Duncan too quickly?
22 6 "Episode 3.6" China Moo-Young Richard Hurst 25 February 2010 (2010-02-25)
Belle tests out her acting skills when she turns villainess 'Olga' in a James Bond roleplay booking. But later, while out on a date, Belle and Duncan run into the client. How will Belle get herself out of this one?
23 7 "Episode 3.7" China Moo-Young Chloe Moss & Tim Price 4 March 2010 (2010-03-04)
Belle realises that although she has spent lots of time writing about clients, she does not know what it is like to be a client herself. She books a male escort, but finds that she is not ready for the guilt that comes with the experience. Meanwhile, Bambi has a customer who is not all he seems.
24 8 "Episode 3.8" China Moo-Young Julie Gearey 11 March 2010 (2010-03-11)
It is Bambi's wedding day, but just before the ceremony she drops a bombshell which turns Belle's world upside down.

Series 4 (2011)[edit]

No. # Title Directed by Written by Original air date
25 1 "Episode 4.1" Alex Garcia Lopez & Wayne Che Yip Julie Gearey 1 February 2011 (2011-02-01)
Belle is back from her trip, moves into a new townhouse, and faces a new 'challenging' client. Meanwhile, Stephanie is arrested and insists Belle give her daughter Poppy a place to stay. Also, she is faced with the decision whether or not to give a relationship with Ben another try.
26 2 "Episode 4.2" Alex Garcia Lopez & Wayne Che Yip Richard Hurst 8 February 2011 (2011-02-08)
Belle juggles being Stephanie's replacement and handling an awkward virgin client.
27 3 "Episode 4.3" Alex Garcia Lopez & Wayne Che Yip Simeon Goulden 15 February 2011 (2011-02-15)
Belle meets a corrupt cop who has a passion for danger, while Poppy finds out some uncomfortable home truths. Jackie makes a surprise re-appearance which causes for some awkward moments between Hannah and Ben.
28 4 "Episode 4.4" Alex Garcia Lopez & Wayne Che Yip Laura Neal 22 February 2011 (2011-02-22)
Poppy confronts Stephanie about her secrets, while Belle is offered a movie deal for her best-selling book.
29 5 "Episode 4.5" Sam Donovan Simeon Goulden 1 March 2011 (2011-03-01)
Belle travels to New York City to oversee production of the movie based on her book, but things don't go as she expected.
30 6 "Episode 4.6" Sam Donovan James Graham 8 March 2011 (2011-03-08)
Belle comes back to London and gets a surprise; Ben and Poppy sleeping in the same bed.
31 7 "Episode 4.7" Sam Donovan Dan Sefton 15 March 2011 (2011-03-15)
Belle has a vampire as client, who dies during the session. Hannah and Ben still fight and are tempted by new partners.
32 8 "Episode 4.8" Sam Donovan Nancy Harris 22 March 2011 (2011-03-22)
Ben asks Belle to give up her job. With the added complication of the attractive and predatory Harry, what will Belle do?

References[edit]

  1. ^ Franklin, Nancy (30 June 2008). "WORKING GIRL". The New Yorker. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Goodman, Tim (16 June 2008). "'Secret Diary of a Call Girl' - watchable fun". SFGate.com. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  3. ^ Lee, Cara (14 January 2010). "THE new series of Secret Diary Of A Call Girl looks set to be the steamiest yet, if these saucy snaps are anything to go by.". The Sun. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 

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