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Showtime picks up 'Secret Diary of a Call Girl' for a fourth season

June 18, 2010 |  8:11 am
Showtime has picked up "Secret Diary of a Call Girl" for a fourth and final season. The UK-based series starring Billie Piper chronicles the life of a young, university-educated London woman who clandestinely works the oldest profession on the side. Secretdiary3_308_zx5k3659

The series is based on the book "Belle de Jour: Diary of an Unlikely Call Girl" by Anonymous. Last November, after nearly six years of anonymity, Dr. Brooke Magnanti came clean as the woman behind "Belle de Jour." From 2003 to late 2004, Magnanti, now a research scientist at the Bristol Initiative for Research of Child Health, worked as a prostitute for a London escort agency, blogging about her experiences under the name Belle de Jour. Her memoirs were first published as a book in 2005.

The final fourth season might not be the last trick for "Call Girl." Earlier this month, Piper reportedly told the The Sun that there was talk of a film version, saying, "I'm not sure it has legs past four seasons, so we're trying to develop a movie." Shooting for the fourth season is expected to get underway later this year, a rep for Piper confirms.

-- Hailey Eber

Photo: Billie Piper and James D'Arcy in season 3 of "Secret Diary of a Call Girl." Credit: Ed Miller / Showtime.

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