Preview of Secret Diary of a Call Girl Season Finale

A couple of years after cable network Showtime acquired exclusive US broadcast rights to air hit British comedy Secret Diary of a Call Girl, the series wraps up its second season tonight at 10:30pm.

The show about the double life of Hannah (Billie Piper) - legal secretary by day, high-class call girl by night - premiered on the UK's ITV2 in September 2007 to huge numbers. In the same manner, Secret Diary opened in the US in June 2008 to the highest ratings Showtime had seen in nearly four years. It debuted to almost one million viewers,400,000 more than its closes rival, Dexter. The show benefited largely from the lead-in audience that tuned in for the fourth season premiere of Weeds. The second season aired on January 2009, with a third season coming up as part of the show's original acquisition deal.

On the season finale, Belle receives word from her old madame for one last job, which she takes for the sheer thrill of it one last time. In the end, however, the client turns out to be someone she knows.

Showtime initially thought of making an American version of Secret Diary but decided to ditch the idea and adopt the original British version as it is, says Showtime Entertainment President Robert Greenblatt.

We fell in love with the original episodes, were captivated by Billie Piper's Belle... American audiences will be transfixed by the series poignant, sexy, comedy meets drama elements and the series' will fit in perfectly with our line-up of original programming.

Besides, adds Greenblatt, it's very hard to find American actresses who are comfortable doing nudity. Secret Diary also stars Iddo Goldberg as Hannah's best friend and ex-boyfriend Ben, Callum Blue as Alex, the doctor whom Belle mistook for a client, Cherie Lunghi as Belle's madame Stefanie, and Ashley Madekwe as Belle's sort of protege Bambi.

Catch Secret Diary of a Call Girl tonight at 10:30pm on Showtime.

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Sep 8, 2009 9:59AM EDT

is there are season three??

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