Secret Diary of a Call Girl: Season 1 (2008)

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Season 1
Secret Diary of a Call Girl

Critics Consensus

For a series about a good-time girl, Secret Diary of a Call Girl lacks the insight and substance to make the most of its salacious subject matter.

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Critic Ratings: 31

59%

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User Ratings: 31

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Air date: Jun 16, 2008

A high-priced London escort entertains a middle-aged client who enjoys role-playing and has a penchant for being down on the farm, plus a younger lad who isn't satisfied with the kind of date who turns up at his hotel the first time around.

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Air date: Jun 23, 2008

Belle dresses to impress when a new client takes her to London's most prestigious sex party.

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Air date: Jun 30, 2008

Belle's time-management skills are tested when a client books her for an entire evening.

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Air date: Jul 7, 2008

Ben tells Belle he's engaged to Vanessa.

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Air date: Jul 14, 2008

Ben shops for a wedding suit with Belle while still reeling from her recent revelation.

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Air date: Jul 21, 2008

Belle meets a scary client after a bad review on the Internet hurts business and forces her to take a midnight booking from what had appeared to be an ordinary guy.

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Air date: Jul 28, 2008

Ben shocks Belle when he says he wants to join her for a gig with a couple.

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Air date: Aug 4, 2008

Belle meets a high-class client, an American film producer who assures her she has what it takes to become a courtesan.

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Tv Season Info

Season 1 of this comedy-drama examines the sexploits of a highly educated, high-priced London escort. Her professional name is Belle de Jour (Billie Piper) but when she is not working as a call girl she is known simply as Hannah Baxter. She is an expert at leading a double life but trouble ensues when her two lives collide. Ben (Iddo Goldberg) is her best friend and ex-boyfriend. He knows about Hannah's secret and it is a constant cause of friction between them.

Critic Reviews for Secret Diary of a Call Girl Season 1

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (18)

The frequently complacent British press burst a gasket last fall when Diary premiered, complaining that it glorified prostitution. Actually, it does just the opposite. Who could ever admire such a soulless person as this?

Mar 4, 2020 | Full Review…

Secret Diary gets no points for consistency. None for realism, either.

Jun 16, 2008 | Full Review…

The longer you watch the show (I've seen all eight episodes of its first season), the emptier and more frustrating it becomes, to the point where even the brief running time begins to feel too long.

Jun 16, 2008 | Full Review…

After seeing the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Jane Fonda and Julia Roberts portray call girls, we frankly need a little more than Belle's unsurprising double life to keep us, uh, hooked.

Jun 16, 2008 | Full Review…

There is a valuable, if small, dramatic undercurrent to Call Girl.

Jun 16, 2008 | Full Review…

It's close to perfect raunchy summer television.

Mar 5, 2020 | Full Review…

The best part of the show is this: It is really funny. And when I say funny, I mean a very smart and sassy kind of funny which is desperately lacking in most American Shows.

Mar 5, 2020 | Full Review…

While the stories here are more fun than heartwarming, Hannah/Belle still comes across as a rather likable character who knows who she is and who's comfortable with the choices she's making.

Mar 4, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Though "Secret Diary of a Call Girl" definitely has its moments, there simply isn't enough going on to justify an entire series.

Mar 4, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Despite the provocative title and some undeniably crude moments, "Secret Diary of a Call Girl" is a comedy with some smarts and a lot of heart.

Mar 4, 2020 | Full Review…

So far, so perky, but so many stereotypes too.

Mar 4, 2020 | Full Review…

These eight episodes are mostly about Belle just... coping... none of the coping is actually all that fascinating.

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Audience Reviews for Secret Diary of a Call Girl: Season 1

  • Oct 11, 2020
    Season 1 is the best of all introducing all the characters and most obvious (or not) scenarios
  • Jun 13, 2020
    This show is a fantastic confection with a surprising moral: the woman who thinks she's totally in charge can't recognize her own shame -- even though it's made perfectly clear to viewers. It's a bit SEX AND THE CITY, with gorgeous fashion, hot sex and sharp wit. The show is well cast -- Bell (Billie Piper) proves that one need not be a glamazon to be sexually alluring. We learn Belle's vulnerabilities, kind side, and see plenty of her temper. This is a fully-dimensional portrayal. Critics are just trying to mask their own embarrassment and fascination behind prudish protestations.
  • Nov 28, 2018
    I enjoyed watching this show - I can't believe it so low rated. Don't believe the critics.

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