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"The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (2008)

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Writers (WGA):
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Original Air Date:
23 March 2008 (Season 1, Episode 0)
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Plot:
A Botswanan woman starts up the country's first female-owned detective agency. Based on the series of novels by Alexander McCall Smith. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Anthony Minghella works his magic See more (16 total) »

Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Jill Scott ... Precious Ramotswe

Anika Noni Rose ... Grace Makutsi

Lucian Msamati ... JLB Matekoni

Nikki Amuka-Bird ... Alice Busang (as Nikki Amuka Bird)
Desmond Dube ... BK

Tumisho Masha ... Lucky Sesana
Bongeka Mpongwana ... Happy Bapetsi

David Oyelowo ... Kremlin Busang

John Kani ... Daddy Bapetsi
Vusi Kunene ... Doctor Gulubane
Harriet Lenabe ... Mma Notshi (as Harriet Manamela)

Colin Salmon ... Note Makoti

Idris Elba ... Charlie Gotso
Lindani Nkosi ... Hector Lepodise
Vasco Shoba ... Obed Ramotswe
Kabelo Thai ... Solomon Moretsi
Percy Matsemela ... Kenosi (as Percy Matemela)
Tau Maserumule ... Apprentice 1 (as Tau Maseramula)
Thabo Malema ... Apprentice 2
Tshepo Maphanyane ... Loretta
Shombi Ellis ... Sister Kgomotso
Brendan Kupa ... Thobiso Morapedi
Motsheresanyi Sefanyetso ... Ernest Morapedi
Kudrah Alabi ... Little Precious Ramotswe
Khudaga Kagiso ... Mochudi Chief
Kgomotso Delia Tshwenyego ... Post Office Customer (as Kgomotso D. Tshwenyego)
Karabo Mpai ... Lily
Pascar Proctor ... Taxi Driver
Sandiswe Mdiza ... Boy
Vuyisele Otukile ... Estate Agent (as Vusiele Otukile)
Rebagamang Sekgekge ... Auctioneer
Sapphire Seeletso ... Beautiful Town Girl 1
Mpho Pheko ... Beautiful Town Girl 2
Keeletsang Pelaelo ... Beautiful Town Girl 3
Seingwaeng Kgafela ... Woman Searcher
Ikanyeng Dipatane ... Kitty
Pauline Mana Letsatle ... Journalist (as Pauline Letsatle)
Thatayaone Mongwedisle ... The Accused
Losika 'Luzboy' Seboni ... The Accuser (as Losika Seboni)
Kgosi Goodwill ... Funky Sign Writer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Winston Ntshona ... (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Anthony Minghella 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Richard Curtis (teleplay) &
Anthony Minghella (teleplay)

Alexander McCall Smith (novel)

Produced by
Steve E. Andrews .... associate producer
Tim Bricknell .... producer (as Timothy Bricknell)
Richard Curtis .... executive producer
Vlokkie Gordon .... line producer
Anthony Minghella .... producer
Amy J. Moore .... producer
Sydney Pollack .... executive producer
Bob Weinstein .... executive producer
Harvey Weinstein .... executive producer
David Wicht .... producer: Film Afrika
 
Original Music by
Gabriel Yared 
 
Cinematography by
Seamus McGarvey (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Lisa Gunning 
 
Casting by
Michelle Guish 
Richard Hicks 
Moonyeenn Lee 
David Rubin 
 
Production Design by
Johnny Breedt 
 
Art Direction by
Vivienne Gray 
 
Set Decoration by
Melinda Launspach 
 
Costume Design by
Jo Katsaras 
 
Makeup Department
Benson David .... hair assistant
Kerry Skelton .... hair stylist
Kerry Skelton .... makeup artist
Simone Stubbs .... make-up and hair artist
Megan Tanner .... key hair stylist (as Meg Tanner)
Megan Tanner .... key makeup artist (as Meg Tanner)
 
Production Management
Clare Maclean .... post-production supervisor
Jeff Maynard .... executive in charge of post-production
Tina Oswald .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steve E. Andrews .... first assistant director
Annelize Bosch .... second assistant director
Zolani Phakade .... third assistant director
David Tumahole .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Vernon Breedt .... construction supervisor
Clive Derrocks .... construction foreman
Lucille Doman .... graphic designer
Cuan Eveleigh .... stand-by props
Ivan Fraser .... set dresser/buyer
Clint Gordon .... greens foreman
Mitch Gordon .... greens foreman
Marit Jansen .... graphic designer
Nick Lauer .... construction manager
Katrina Mackay .... stand-by art director (as Katrina Dunn)
Fish Madiabaso .... art department runner
Thabiso Maretlwaneng .... props assistant
Arlo Markantonatos .... assistant property master
Arlo Markantonatos .... props buyer
George Ndlovu .... set dressing leadman
David Ngwenya .... assistant set dressing buyer
Andrew Orlando .... props master
Michael Rossouw .... set dressing assistant
Mustikim Salie .... construction foreman
Maria Siebert .... set dresser/standby
Surisa Surisa .... set dresser
Allison Tucker .... art department coordinator
Cecelia van Straaten .... assistant art director (as Cecelia Van Straaten)
David Wynne-Roberts .... scenic painter
 
Sound Department
Martin Cantwell .... sound designer
Simon Chase .... ADR editor
Carol Jones .... head of operations
Alex Joseph .... foley editor
Eddy Joseph .... supervising sound editor
Nico Louw .... production sound mixer
Dikgang Ngcobo .... second boom operator
Jacques Pienaar .... boom operator
Colin Ritchie .... dialogue editor
Bertrand Roets .... boom swinger
Ceri Thomas .... assistant sound editor
Simon Jones .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Scott Millan .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Mike Prestwood Smith .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Rachael Tate .... adr recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Clinton Smith .... special body effects designer and creator
Willie Botha .... puppet fabrication (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Zachary Bloom .... hd scanning and recording: Framestore
Zachary Bloom .... scanning and recording: Framestore
Simone Bonanni .... digital compositor
Clare Brody .... data operator - framestore
Paul Burke .... scanning and recording: Framestore
Andy Burrow .... scanning & recording manager
Dennis Dallen .... lead compositor
Primo De Santis .... digital effects artist
Adam Glasman .... colourist
Yan Jennings .... film mastering engineer
James Long .... data operator: Framestore CFC
Kevin Lowery .... film mastering engineer
Laura Lunt .... production assistant: framestore
Veronica Marcano .... scanning & recording operator: Framestore
Petr Masek .... digital compositor
Tomas Munzar .... lead compositor
Andrea Pirisi .... digital intermediate conform editor
Lee Rankin .... scanning and recording: Framestore
James Reed .... scanning and recording
Gavin Round .... DI producer: Framestore-CFC )
Jimmy Saul .... scanning and recording operator
Mirek Suchomel .... visual effects compositor
Jakub Szilvasi .... digital compositor
Massimo Cipollina .... visual effects (uncredited)
Richard Edwards .... data operator: Framestore CFC (uncredited)
Mai Gray .... retouch and restoration: Framestore-CFC (uncredited)
James Long .... digital intermediate data operator (uncredited)
Adam Parker .... retouch and restoration: Framestore (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Keith Bernstein .... still photographer
Giulio Biccari .... camera operator: "b" camera
Giulio Biccari .... director of photography: second unit
Carlos De Carvalho .... focus puller: "a" camera
Sarel Eloff .... focus puller: "b" camera
Allan Gray .... grip
Andrew Green .... rigger
Bernin Isaac .... loader: "a" camera
Keith Johnston .... grip (as Rocky Johnson)
Xito Kuazangogo .... video tape operator
Andrew Maccallum .... best boy electric
Jade Maxwell Newton .... loader: "b" camera
Wellington Mchunu .... sparks
Moabi Mogorosi .... crew: BPK
Meshack Molope .... sparks
Julious Mudeh .... darkroom loader
Zak 'Ebenezzer' O'Leary .... dolly grip (as Zak O'Leary)
Nick Rankin .... gaffer
J.P. Ridgeway .... key grip
Dan Sigobongo .... grip
Jaco van Niekerk .... key rigger (as Jaco Van Niekerk)
Hermie Venter .... rigger
Damien Walsh .... b camera focus puller
Moegamad Yezeed Williams .... generator operator
Adi Visser .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Gayle Keller .... casting consultant
Pauline Mana Letsatle .... casting assistant
Mickie Paskal .... casting consultant (as Mickie Pascal)
Pascar Proctor .... extras casting
Pascar Proctor .... local casting
Jennifer Rudnicke .... casting consultant
Andrew Shand .... extras casting
Kelly Sorinyane .... casting assistant
Eddie Dunlop .... casting associate (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kgomotso Dipsholo .... costume stand-by
Glynnis Harris .... wardrobe buyer
Donna Kisogloo .... key costume stand-by
Mpho Kuaho .... wardrobe assistant
Jabulile Maselani .... wardrobe assistant (as Jabulile {Baby} Maselani)
Zureta Schulz .... wardrobe supervisor
Chantelle Van Der Merwe .... wardrobe assistant
Donna Kisogloo .... set costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Kerri Aungle .... film data manager
Layla Blackman .... post-production coordinator (as Layla Evans)
Donovan Bush .... telecine transfers (2008)
Maria Chamberlain .... colorist: dailies
J.D. Funari .... trailer editor
Serkan Nihat .... assistant editor
Katie Weiland .... second editor
Chris Andrews .... negative cutter (uncredited)
Sabine McDonald .... negative cutter (uncredited)
Louise Mycielski .... post-production coordinator: South Africa (uncredited)
Kelly Smith .... negative cutter (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Guy Barker .... composer: additional music
Gaolape A. Basuhi .... traditional song & dance consultant
Mike Gillespie .... music supervisor
Allan Jenkins .... music editor
Lewis Jones .... assistant music engineer
Solomon B. Monyame .... music supervisor
Lewis Morison .... assistant to composer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Colin Breedt .... picture vehicle coordinator
Russell Delport .... transportation co-captain (as Russel Delport)
Laurie Dunn .... unit and transport manager
Tarryn Greybè .... unit and transport coordinator (as Tarryn Greybe-Dunn)
Mark Hardy .... transportation captain
Kenny Tshenyego .... picture vehicle assistant coordinator
 
Other crew
Linda Abbott .... post-production accountant
Riaz Arbi .... assistant: Mr Minghella & Mr Bricknell, Botswana
Thuli Baloyi .... production assistant
Alexis Bell .... assistant: Miss Scott
Charmaine Bell .... travel coordinator
Bakang Buloi .... cultural advisor
Militza Bunce .... production coordinator
Punie Casalis .... production assistant
Karen Cattini .... assistant: Mr Minghella
Jane Corden .... financial controller
Dianne Dreyer .... script supervisor
Clinton du Preez .... unit basecamp captain (as Clinton Du Preez)
Deon Du Preez .... location manager
Jan Hogevold .... production executive: Framestore CFC
Gareth Hughes .... assistant to line producer
Simphiwe Jodwana .... unit on-set assistant
Kgomotso Keloneilwe .... set runner
Jaco Le Roux .... payroll administrator
Mmaphala Letsatle .... stand-in
Desma Majola .... stand-in
Lynne Matthysen .... caterer (as Lynn Matthysen)
Patricia Mokhutshwane .... accounting assistant
Ndipo Mokoka .... coordinator: Botswana
Leano Monagen .... production assistant
Diana Nkata .... assistant production coordinator: JHB
Delizwe Nxumalo .... petty cash administrator
Bernice Purdam .... assistant travel coordinator
Onkemetse Ramatu .... location assistant
Fiona Ramsey .... dialogue coach (as Fiona Ramsay)
Donovan Roberts-Baxter .... production coordinator: JHB (as Donovan Robert Baxter)
John Rogers .... assistant location manager
Joy Sapieka .... unit publicist
Tumi Sejoe .... set runner
Molebedi Sorinyane .... production secretary
Peter Spiropoulos .... safety officer
Olly Steele .... armorer
Michelle ten Haaf .... production accountant (as Michelle Ten Haaf)
Kgomotso Delia Tshwenyego .... dialogue coach: Botswana (as Kgomotso D. Tshwenyego)
Lulu Zezza .... executive in charge of physical production
Lunghi Zondi .... assistant production coordinator
Justine Raczkiewicz .... assistant: production executive (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Anthony Minghella .... in memory of
 

Series Crew
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Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Phil Jones .... scheduling assistant director
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Nick Wall .... still photographer (2009) (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Runtime:
109 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
This is the first motion picture filmed entirely in Botswana.See more »
Quotes:
Grace Makutsi:[after meeting BK for the first time] That man is very much like a woman.See more »
Soundtrack:
Re BotswanaSee more »

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Anthony Minghella works his magic, 28 March 2008
Author: Barrie Smith (barrie1340) from London England

What a great surprise to see how Anthony Minghella has made this movie in Botswana with Jill Scott in staring role as the Lady detective. The casting is perfect. The colours of Botswana are truly beautiful and the country might really be the star of the film. Superb photography by Seamus McGarvey who also did Atonement.

This is a simple story really bought to life with a host of talent. A child, a little girl, taught be her father to be observant, retain a good memory, look after others, goes to live in the town after her fathers death to set up the first detective agency in Botswana to be run by a lady. She then goes about finding clients and solving their problems. During the story the viewer is treated to some great shots of wildlife and the wonderful Botswana colours & country side. An endearing film not to missed. The sad part of the story is that Anthony Minghella is no longer with us & we will not see his like again. Barriebrdc.

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