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
I don't know whether the pace of life portrayed in this film is an accurate reflection of life in Botswana, but if it is then Botswana is a place I could live with no trouble at all. I found this a delightful programme, with some moving and touching scenes as well as a few totally hilarious moments. No doubt there will be criticism that it was too shallow, but in my opinion this was perfect holiday weekend viewing. It is a great pity that Anthony Minghella will not be around to carry on his work as the series progresses, and I can only hope that his successor remains constant to his principles. I look forward very much to the remainder of the series, although at the moment (Easter 2008) 2009 seems a long way off.
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