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A woman opens her own detective agency in Botswana.
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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 5 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »



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Series cast summary:
 Precious Ramotswe (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
 Grace Makutsi (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
 JLB Matekoni (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
Desmond Dube ...
 BK (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
Thabo Malema ...
 Charlie / ... (5 episodes, 2008-2009)
Tau Maserumule ...
 Fanwell / ... (5 episodes, 2008-2009)
Lebogang Motubudi ...
 Richard Makutsi (4 episodes, 2009)
 Mr. Patel (3 episodes, 2009)
Brenda Ngxoli ...
 Florence Peko (3 episodes, 2009)
Dipshika Mahajan ...
 Nandira Patel (3 episodes, 2009)
Mosako Mogara ...
 Wellington (3 episodes, 2009)
Kgomotso Delia Tshwenyego ...
 Rose / ... (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
 Cephas Buthelezi (2 episodes, 2009)
Vusi Kunene ...
 Doctor Gulubane (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
 Note Makoti (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Kenneth Nkosi ...
 Two Shots Pulani (2 episodes, 2009)
Keketso Semoko ...
 Mma Potokwane (2 episodes, 2009)


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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Release Date:

29 March 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Agência Nº1 de Mulheres Detectives  »

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Did You Know?


In the course of trying to gain weight before playing the role of Precious Ramotswe, Jill Scott noticed that she had gained seven pounds in one week (an extremely fast and potentially unhealthy weight gain). Concerned, she went to her doctor and discovered the day before she left for Botswana that she was pregnant. After she finished filming the first season, Scott returned to the US and in April 2009, gave birth to her son, Jett Hamilton Roberts. See more »


Referenced in Breaking and Entering (2006) See more »

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23 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have always been a fan of Jill Scott and her music, and it's wonderful to see her abilities as an actress as well. This show is so engaging it leaves me wanting more and anxiously waiting for the next episode! Anika Noni Rose is excellent in her role as well, and I pray that this show is nominated and awards will be given for the acting as well as the writing of the show. I am also impressed with the positive light it shines on Botswana, for so long parts of Africa is always seen as this poor, devastated country with flies crawling over the faces of starving children. Don't get me wrong, this truly does happen, but poverty is everywhere even here in the states. But for once they are showing another side of life in a country where the people are full of life, a country full of beauty and grace, despite the hardships they face.

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