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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?


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 »


Referenced in Breaking and Entering (2006) See more »

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Just Plain Charming
25 November 2010 | by (Kentucky, United States) – 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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