The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (2008–2009)

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A woman opens her own detective agency in Botswana.

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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)
Harish Patel ...
 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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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 »


Referenced in Breaking and Entering (2006) See more »

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Sweet and well done
26 October 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

My Nana saw this on the TV, she told me about this show and the first thing that I thought of was 'a bunch of ladies in Africa who are detectives', sounds rather dull don't want to see this at all.

I bought my Nana the DVD as she was going through a rough patch, and I stayed with her and watched it not expecting much, and I was surprised. It's really good.

It's one of those shows that isn't laugh out loud funny or edge of your seat but it's worth watching and to put it simply a good story and quite comforting if your feeling low.

Defo worth watching at least once

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