SECRET DIARY OF A CALL GIRL: Like a Good Hand That Keeps Being Poorly Played

June 18, 2008 at 4:21 pm 7 comments

After watching the first five episodes of Showtime’s newest series, Secret Diary of a Call Girl (courtesy of, I can’t help but feel frustrated. Meant to be a sort of pacifier for Sex and The City fans, the show’s elements fall flat, never getting the interest of the viewer piqued enough to sympathize for the main character, Belle du Jour (Billie Piper) or relate to her exotic life-style.

Billie Piper

It’s unfortunate, really, because all the elements of a good show are there. Well filmed, awesomely scored, and admirably played by Billie Piper, I feel as if the show’s biggest flaw is the way it’s directed. So many opportunities to create false expectations on the part of the viewer are ignored, whereas new conflicts are forcibly formed from little problems.

Take this scenario, for example: In Episode 4, Belle du Jour (Billie Piper), gets an all-night engagement from one of her favorite clients, Ashok. After doing the deed, Belle has trouble falling asleep, and decides to take up another hotel guest’s offer of paid sex. Belle leaves a note for Ashok, saying she went out to get cigarettes.

What could have been a great parallel action of Ashok, waking up to an empty bed while Belle fucks a guy one floor below, turns into a docile and seamless portrait of another night on the job. Belle makes it back without Ashok expecting a thing, and manages to make some extra dough unnoticed. Wow. How exciting.

How could the writers have resisted themselves? Couldn’t you see Belle rushing to get back to the hotel room, hoping Ashok didn’t wake up? I was disappointed with the smooth ride of the episode. If I’m going to watch a series about a hooker, I’m going to need a little more drama, thanks.

With a forced story-line about hiding her occupation from her best friend/ex-boyfriend, Ben (played by the adorable Iddo Goldberg who also made a notable cameo in film, “L’Auberge Espagnole”), we can already see where this is going. Can he still accept her for who she is? Will he call off the wedding with his girlfriend? Will he be the one to finally end her endless string of sexual escapades?

Thanks to the poor amount of friction created by the show, I’m just wondering when it will happen, and whether it’ll be hot.


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  • 1. Tim Cameron  |  June 18, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    Betty was also deeply displeased with this show, as she made clear to me the other night in exhaustive, suicide-inducingly complete detail.

    Yeah yeah, you have to fight me now. I shall assume the position.

  • 2. alisaurus  |  June 18, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    I can’t get over the fact that Billie Piper was a near-unknown (stateside, anyway) pop star around the same time as Britney Spears, when she was 15. She looks totally different.

  • 3. Tim Cameron  |  June 19, 2008 at 2:33 am

    Have you heard the tunes she did? “Because We Want To” is so awful it’s actually brilliant.

  • 4. parkrangerolivia  |  June 19, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    What?! She made a song?? Does anyone have a link to it?

    Also: After finishing the entire first season, I realize what the show’s biggest problem is:

    SHE HAS NO FOIL. She just has her friend Ben, who she used to date and acts as both love interest and confidant. Belle’s character has no other person to share her feelings with in the show, which is why I have no sympathy for her. Because she never gives or receives it.

  • 5. Tim Cameron  |  June 22, 2008 at 4:37 am

    Because we want to

    My favourit moment is the appearance at 0:55 of a T-1000 with Parkinson’s disease.

  • 6. parkrangerolivia  |  June 22, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    Oh my god Tim, that shit is awful! Is that what the 90s were like in england? Because if so, I’m sorry. Billie Piper is still really adorable, but I was afraid her shoulders were going to fall off if she moved her neck one more time.

    They should have given her a better outfit and less slum-like set instead of spending all the money on shite animation!

  • […] of tasteful cameos, such as the news anchor in Run Fatboy Run, Billie Piper’s only co-star in Secret Diary of a Call Girl, and yes, even Skins! I would also like to add that he played the director in Amy […]


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