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Billie Piper to meet real Belle de Jour.

BILLIE PIPER is set to meet the real-life Belle de Jour, whose exploits as a high class prostitute inspired Secret Diary of a Call Girl - the drama in which the actress stars.

Their encounter will be captured for new half hour ITV2 programme titled Billie and the Call Girl Bare All.

The show comes after former Newcastle University Dr Brooke Magnanti's decision to out herself as the author of the Belle de Jour story, which details life working as a prostitute in London.

Dr Magnanti started out as an anonymous sex blogger and a novel on her exploits was adapted into the ITV2 series which stars Piper.

The new programme is billed as "a fresh insight into Brooke's life and Billie's portrayal of her".

Piper said: "I am really looking forward to catching up with Belle again."

Dr Magnanti added: "This show will be the last word on what it was like to be Belle: how my sexuality was formed, how I came to the work, what it's like to be portrayed on TV.

"Viewers will get an exclusive look at the real woman who lived as Belle, actually becoming her one final time." Billie And the Call Girl Bare All has been commissioned for ITV2 by Diana Howie, ITV factual commissioning editor.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 18, 2009
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