16 user 2 critic

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency 

A Botswanan woman starts up the country's first female-owned detective agency. Based on the series of novels by Alexander McCall Smith.



(teleplay), (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
1 nomination. See more awards »


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?



Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alice Busang (as Nikki Amuka Bird)
Desmond Dube ...
Bongeka Mpongwana ...
Vusi Kunene ...
Harriet Lenabe ...
Mma Notshi (as Harriet Manamela)
Lindani Nkosi ...
Vasco Shoba ...


After her father dies, Botswanan Precious Ramotse decides to sell her inheritance - 180 cows - and move to the capital Gaborone and open a detective agency. From a young age her father had trained her to develop her memory skills and she has a keen sense of observation. Business is slow, but Precious soon has a secretary, Grace Makutsi and fits in well with her neighbors. Slowly, clients begin to trickle in: a woman who thinks the man who claims to be her father - he had abandoned the family when she was just a young child - is actually an impostor; a woman who thinks her husband is having an affair - a view Grace enthusiastically generally supports since she thinks all men are liars and cheaters; and a factory owner who thinks an employee claiming compensation for an accident is scamming him. Her interest is also drawn to the case of a missing boy but she she must face a powerful local gangster to get the information she needs. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis



Official Sites:


| | |



Release Date:

29 March 2009 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The last film to be directed by Anthony Minghella. See more »


Grace Makutsi: [after meeting BK for the first time] That man is very much like a woman.
See more »


Re Botswana
Written by Malefo Mokha
Licensed courtesy of Small House Records
Performed by Stampore
Licensed courtesy of Small House Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Much better than I expected
24 March 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I am a fan of the books and I have been expecting Hollywood to make a shocking mess of this for several years. The most important thing is that this is a labour of love, not a meretricious exploitation of a "pre-sold property". Thank goodness it fell into the safe hands of Anthony Minghella. A lot of things happened on screen much earlier than they happened in the books but I think that is probably justifiable - in film you have to get the main characters introduced early on. I'm not wholly happy with Mma Ramotswe's hairdresser neighbour. Mma Makutsi didn't wholly convince me but her humanity likewise takes a long time to come across in the books. I missed the wonderfully tough lady from the children's home with her fruitcake -but maybe she will come in later. The feel of the African scenery - human and physical - was, if anything, richer than my imaginative version. What about Mma Ramotswe herself? I'd say that they have more or less got her right. I didn't imagine her being quite so smiley and cheerful, but then I'm a miserable so-and-so from the high latitudes. Of course her rich inner life can't wholly come across on screen. SO GO AND READ THE BOOKS! For anyone who hasn't read the books - they are the easiest books to read on the whole planet. I thought the back-story with her dad and ex-husband Note was very nicely handled. I shall certainly continue to watch. AMS you are a genius. AM why aren't there more like you?

18 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Will there be a season 2? mimikiki69
linguistic neo-colonialism or post-colonialism? Gilmarien
Has anyone ever been to Botswana? alaidioteque
anyone else think Jill Scott is too young for this role sixteenjune
One Word To Describe The Show (Pilot) Briandl
Best feel-good series in a long time? barbiekemp

Contribute to This Page