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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency 

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A woman opens her own detective agency in Botswana.
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2009  
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 5 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »
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Desmond Dube ...
Thabo Malema ...
 Charlie / ... 5 episodes, 2008-2009
Tau Maserumule ...
 Fanwell / ... 5 episodes, 2008-2009
Lebogang Motubudi ...
 Richard Makutsi 4 episodes, 2009
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 Mr. Patel 3 episodes, 2009
Brenda Ngxoli ...
 Florence Peko 3 episodes, 2009
Dipshikha Mahajan ...
 Nandira Patel 3 episodes, 2009
Mosako Mogara ...
 Wellington 3 episodes, 2009
Kgomotso Delia Tshwenyego ...
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 Cephas Buthelezi 2 episodes, 2009
Vusi Kunene ...
 Doctor Gulubane 2 episodes, 2008-2009
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 Note Makoti 2 episodes, 2008-2009
Kenneth Nkosi ...
 Two Shots Pulani 2 episodes, 2009
Keketso Semoko ...
 Mma Potokwane 2 episodes, 2009
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After her father's death, sensible and cheerful Mma Precious Ramotswe sells her inherited cattle and opens the country's only female-owned detective agency. She hires Botswana Secretarial College graduate (97% in the final exams!) Grace Makutsi as her assistant. Together they solve problems big and small with their wisdom, big hearts, and endless cups of red-bush tea. Meanwhile, Mma Ramotswe's best friend, mechanic Mr. JLB Matekoni, hopes for a chance to win her heart... Based on Alexander McCall Smith's best-selling book series. Written by L. Hamre

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29 March 2009 (USA)  »

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A Agência Nº1 de Mulheres Detectives  »

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When cast, both of the lead actresses in this series were a little better-known for their professional singing than for their film or TV acting careers. Jill Scott was most famous as a Grammy-winning R&B and soul singer, though she had also been a spoken-word performer and poet and a stage actress. Anika Noni Rose won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for the Broadway show "Caroline, or Change," and also appeared in singing roles in Dreamgirls (2006) and (after starting The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (2008)) The Princess and the Frog (2009). See more »

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Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 3 March 2011 (2011) See more »

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Just Plain Charming
25 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

After watching three episodes, I am already disappointed that there will be no second season.

A relaxing and charming program to watch. Likable characters portrayed by a lot of well cast actors.

The photography, editing and scenery are a major part of what makes this good. No fast clip, jumpy editing. Smooth transitions. The camera stays on someone's face long enough for the viewer to focus (and appreciate the acting), apparently a difficult feat based on how few directors seem to be able to do that.

I am certainly not prudish, been around way too long for that. But I find gratuitous and frequent use of "F" and other vulgarities to be annoying, and IMO proof that writers can't construct decent dialog; substituting coarseness instead. This program manages to work pleasantly well without any swearing, resorting to the novel approach of using real adverbs and adjectives to convey the message.

If you want high speed, non stop action with jumpy editing and constant swearing, don't waste your time watching this. Otherwise, sit back and have a nice, relaxing hour of quality entertainment.


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