Belle de Jour

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Belle de Jour is the nom de plume of a person who claims to have been a London call girl or high class prostitute. Under this banner she maintains a successful blog, Belle de Jour: diary of a London call girl which by 2003 had achieved selection by The Guardian as their blog of the year and has given rise to two books published in both the UK and US.

A television series based on the first book was in development with Channel 4 in the UK, but due to budget tightening ITV2 have now picked up the eight-parter, called The Secret Diary of a Call Girl. Billie Piper is to play the lead role. This is planned to air weekly from Thursday 27th September 2007, scheduled for 10pm.

Belle, until mid-2006, also contributed regularly to the Daily Telegraph.

The name recalls the 1928 novel Belle de jour by Joseph Kessel and the 1967 Catherine Deneuve film of the same name. It means "morning glory" in French (literally "daytime beauty").

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