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'Belle de Jour' introduces herself to us, talking directly to camera,as she will throughout the series, and explaining that she is a call-girl, working through an agent - partly for safety ... See full summary »

Director:

Yann Demange

Writers:

Belle de Jour (based on: "The Intimate Adventures of a London Call Girl"), Lucy Prebble | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Billie Piper ... Belle / Hannah
Cherie Lunghi ... Stephanie
Iddo Goldberg ... Ben
Tom Mannion Tom Mannion ... Horsey Man
Tom Mison ... Daniel
Lydia Fox ... Estate Agent
Emily Butterfield ... Rachel
Maggie Lloyd Williams Maggie Lloyd Williams ... Yolanda (as Maggie Lloyd-Williams)
Keira Malik Keira Malik ... Tanya

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'Belle de Jour' introduces herself to us, talking directly to camera,as she will throughout the series, and explaining that she is a call-girl, working through an agent - partly for safety reasons but also because she does not come cheap. Her real name is Hannah and her family believe that she is a legal secretary, which she told them as she imagined they would find it too boring to ask her about. She explains the need to keep her two lives separate, even to the fact that her apartment is split into two halves, depending upon who she is for which visitor. However, she does break the rules when entertaining a shy young man called Daniel, revealing her true name to give him encouragement. She is more professional with a favourite client called the 'horsey-man' whom she sits astride and hits with a riding crop. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

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[first lines]
Belle: I love London. I love its rudeness, its lack of community, its impatience. I even love its weather. But most of all I love the anonymity.
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bravo Billie Piper! (be mine tonight? sorry, had to ask)
30 January 2016 | by RavenGlamDVDCollectorSee all my reviews

Quite classy. If you want porn, don't bother with this. Acting, yeah, likable, hell, yes!

When I first heard about this, October last year, I downloaded two snippets on VuClip, and I posted a request on the board posts for more information, and was assured that I would find it classy. I then went for it on DVD. Had it imported. Finally got around to watching Season 1 in weekly installments starting today. To anybody following the discussions on the main IMDb site, that bit about Billie Piper being ugly... What utter tripe!

Look at the picture here on this page for episode 1. That is what RavenGlamDVDCollector calls 'a very pretty girl'. To American audiences, I'd simply say, "think a hotter version of Denise Richards, add to it that she can make you laugh"... I would rate Billie Piper a 10.

One thing for sure, I don't think ladies for hire look like this, not even at the highest end. I'm sure even if I paid a wagon-load, I'd not get this kind of beauty.

The film stock is just not comparable to prime- time US TV, it should have had the bright sharpness of MELROSE PLACE and CALIFORNICATION. Don't be put off by what I said though.

Film nerdy comment: The part of the pimp madam is s-o-o obviously inspired by Jacqueline Bisset as James in NIP/TUCK.

I would advise anybody to watch/rent/buy whatever. By the way, to the prudes, there is no visible female nudity in this, nothing beyond shoulders, feet, legs, etc. anyway. It's all implied, there is considerable camera angle work that obscures nudity. Be warned that there is male rear view nudity in one scene, some of you are really gonna freak out

All in all, plays like a fairly cautious soft- core movie, but one with charm, attitude, real smarts, and a very likable heroine. What it really has which those don't, is the acting ability.

I like this. If you have come this far, you will too.


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UK

Language:

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Release Date:

16 June 2008 (USA) See more »

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