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Secret Diary of a Call Girl: Season 1 (2009)

Billie Piper , Iddo Goldberg  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Billie Piper, Iddo Goldberg
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: January 6, 2009
  • Run Time: 189 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001GCUBS2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,489 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Secret Diary of a Call Girl: Season 1" on IMDb

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Move over, Miley: There's another Hannah leading another, albeit way more provocative, double life. Her family and friends think she is a legal secretary, but this woman in the designer suit, known professionally to her clients as Belle, is, as she so delicately puts it, "a whore." Hannah/Belle isn't caught up in semantics. She's a very high-class London call girl who charges by the hour, and she charges a lot. "Be fabulous, but forgettable," she instructs early on about how to navigate hotel lobbies, but Billie Piper is anything but forgettable. Piper, best known as Rose Tyler, has gone from Dr. Who to Dr. Woo-Who! Based on an infamous blog and subsequent book, this British series is a cheeky insider's look at the world's oldest profession. It presents a much more glamorous picture than the grittier HBO reality series, Cat House, but like those happy hookers, Belle enjoys her work. "I love sex, and I love money," she directly tells viewers. But she does endeavor to keep her private and professional life separate. Not even her ex-boyfriend/now-best friend Ben (Iddo Goldberg) knows, which will change in episode five, and lead to an awkward close encounter when he insists on joining her on the job as part of a foursome. Piper's engaging presence and her posh-sounding British accent do take the edge off; the language is explicit, but the sex scenes are pure soft core. Several are played for laughs, but others do reach the desired hotness. Other than Hannah's conflicting feelings over Ben's impending marriage or her flirtation with taking her career to "the next step up the ladder" as a courtesan, there isn't too much drama in these eight episodes. But as a character study, Secret Diary of a Call Girl is of much more than prurient interest. --Donald Liebenson

Product Description

Billie Piper stars in the hit series SECRET DIARY OF A CALL GIRL, based on the real-life adventures of a high-class London escort. By day she's quiet and unassuming Hannah. But when night comes, she's Belle, the city's finest call girl. Juggling her own reality with her clients' fantasies can be difficult, but this savvy sweetheart knows every trick for doing it in style. Take a peek into SECRET DIARY OF A CALL GIRL, the witty and provocative original series from Showtime. It's a good time you won't soon forget.

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70 of 80 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great show, horrible dvd January 16, 2009
By M. Shaw
This is a great show, and Billie Piper does an amazing job as Belle. I was very excited that this show was finally going to be released in US/Canada only to find that the majority of the music has been changed during the show, to a bunch of music that doesn't remotely fit the show. Also the dvd quality itself is absolutely terrible. The show is out of focus and the lighting is horribly bright. None of these flaws were on the British version and I am thinking Lionsgate somehow majorly cheaped this down. I am very disappointed.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A more balanced than usual look at escorting... January 22, 2009
The smart films and tv shows about sex workers realize and narratively utilize that there is a vast difference between a high class escort and say, someone you would pick up in the seedy part of town. It's like comparing a wealthy corporate lawyer to a struggling independent--similar enough, yet drastically different lifestyle/daily life. This show acknowledges that aspect from the start--quite literally in a voice over--and is about a high class escort who goes by "Belle." (It's based, though I'm not sure how closely, on the memoirs/blog of an actual London escort.)

Like most media about "courtesans" it tends to over-glamourize its material and is to an extent the traditional "happy hooker story," but it counter-balances that and partially justifies itself by developing an interesting, fairly well-developed protagonist--one who enjoys the money and the sex, but finds some inner conflict in leading a double life, dealing with various issues, etc. The most interesting parts of the show to me were the exploration of this duality/lifestyle, though for those of you also interested in its sexual content--there is plenty of that as well. I find the show quite addicting and very fast paced. i also am not usually a fan of british humor (i just usually don't "get it") but i find the show funny and the drama is balanced well (strong enough to be interesting, but not overwhelming in balance with the show's comedy--it's "drama-lite.")

I did want to say one last thing, about the DVD picture quality which someone said was a very poor treatment/transfer. I can only speak from my own experience, but in my case I found almost NO difference between the DVD played upscaled on my blu-ray player (PS3), and watching the show in HD on Showtime (using the same television for both viewings.) The picture quality in my experience, was quite fine, though not everyone has HD or upscaling and people's picture calibrations may differ.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great narrative and view of the modern courtesan January 10, 2009
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I've seen a few courtesan friendly movies, and this one is a wonderful series. Billie Piper does a wonderful narrative and lead heroine act, where she embraces the common taboos that society creates for itself, yet finds her own balance of the accumulation of pleasure, wealth, humanity, and even guilt. A great show, well written, well scripted, and yes, for those that appreciate the beauty of the female in general, you won't go wrong because this pretty much shows all her beauty, clothes and sans clothes, as well as her thoughts and hopes. I'm looking forward to seeing how this story unfolds with every episode. There is certainly more to this show than simple nudity, there is a humanity to it that is just as enjoyable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Be WARNED!!!! September 3, 2013
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I love this show...but you must know BEFORE getting invested in Seasons 1 and 2, that since Showtime has their heads where the sun doesn't shine, there is no available version of Season 3 to buy or rent anywhere in the US (without buying a UK encoded DVD and player). So before you spend your money on the first 2 seasons, make sure you are ok with not getting to watch an entire season smack in the middle of this story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Secret days, Secret nights May 2, 2010
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There is an old saying that you can't buy love, but you can rent it. IF you have enough $$, you can rent it from a High Society call girl like Belle. Some clients just rent her time once, while other clients use her services as routinely as they would a cashier @ a Supermarket.

What is interesting about this DVD is that the episodes are based on real-life adventures of a British call girl. The DVD explores different facets of what a call girl must be fluent in, such as the Girlfriend Experience (known as GFE in Escort circles), group sex, threesomes, S & M and dominatrix stuff. There's more to being a courtesan than many may realize!

Billie Piper is perfect as the lead role. She is exquisite, sophisticated enough to pass for a high society harlot and sultry enough to take things to the bedroom. The one complaint I have is that I was expecting more nudity. While there is occasionally nudity here & there, the series is not saturated with it (as I thought it would be).

For those who are fascinated by the prostitution underworld, this series is a must-have (at least the 1st season, anyway). Those who are intrigued by Belle's story may also be interested in purchasing The Ranch (Unrated Uncut Edition) and Why Just Her for other perspectives on the lives & times of call girls.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Titallating Romp In the World Of Escorts March 4, 2009
Belle (named after Catherine Deneuve's character in Belle de Jour) is a high class London escort who enjoys her job and is good at it. She makes it clear she's never been sexually abused and is not a drug addict. She just likes the two things that make being an escort appealing-sex and money. She has emotional problems with keeping her work and personal life separate. While Belle doesn't mind having emotionally unattached sex with strangers, she does mind being emotionally detached from her friends and family. Season One delves into Belle's sexual adventures and slowly reveals her career to her best friend.

The Secret Diary of a Call Girl is all that you might expect. There is a bit of Pretty Woman (15th Anniversary Special Edition) fantasy in here with Belle meeting and mating with lots of rich eligible bachelors, Belle shopping for fabulous clothes and sex toys, and Belle looking great in expensive corsets. There is also a lot of behind the scenes information about what it takes to be a call girl-like constant exercise and waxing and the occasional creep. It's a fun fantasy story told against the back drop of glamorous London. Billie Piper is nice to watch and a definite asset to the series.

If you like this show, you'll probably find the BBC series Coupling - The Complete Seasons 1-4 equally entertaining.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars cheeky!
Absolutely love this show! Wish it made a comeback or movie, that would be incredible. I haven't got around to reading the book but Piper makes the show fabulous!
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic British Comedy...
I think the first season was the absolute best in this series but really they were all great; just wish I could find Season 3 somewhere. Read more
Published 4 months ago by E. Angell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great premise well executed. Very sad to see it end.
This show is amazing! My girlfriend and I have watched the entire series at this point and we LOVE it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Doug
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting, to say nothing of hot
An interesting look into the world of prostitution. Which absolutely works in the hands of quintessential girl next door Billie Piper.
Published 5 months ago by Mall of America Gift Card Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Gotta love Billie
I bought this just because I love Billie and ended up really liking the show. It's unique in it's own way and it's definitely fun and enjoyable to watch.
Published 5 months ago by Amanda
2.0 out of 5 stars I expected a serious story about this profession
This was depicted as a weak soap opera. It showed very little about the real complexity of this profession. jw
Published 6 months ago by Joe D. White
5.0 out of 5 stars same as the review before..
This is something I do like to watch.. because sex is in it not just that good acting, music, story line very entertaining.. yea yea part of my collection.. indeed... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ms.Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars NEEED SEASON 3
Love love love this series now if they would only let us see season 3 I could be happy. Please give us season 3
Published 7 months ago by Jane V. Aliffi
5.0 out of 5 stars It's so AMAZING
So... I just received this TODAY and have already watched the entire season at LEAST 5 times with my best friend. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Big Redieo
5.0 out of 5 stars Secret Diary of a Call Girl: Season One
Entertaining if you understand Brittish slang ... Enjoyable, but NOT as good as the book, (five more words required) THERE!!!
Published 8 months ago by Joe Stolfi
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