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
The BBC aired this film on March 23, 2008, soon after it was completed and, by tragic coincidence, just five days after director Anthony Minghella died. HBO held off airing the film for a year in order to premiere it as the pilot of the resulting series they had commissioned, with the BBC. See more »
Gentle, heart-caressing and unpretentious, the No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is the beautiful, acclaimed TV film of Precious Mambotswe, from the even more acclaimed, charming series of stories by Alexander McCall Smith.
Mambotswe is the only female detective in Botswana and, as such, the number-one female detective in the land. She is played by stunning and understated, Jill Scott who is perfectly cast in the role.
The film is an undemanding stroll, packed with gentle-suspense, wit and warm understanding, through an Africa known and loved by many.
The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is a delightful and memorable watch.
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