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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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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 5 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »


Series cast summary:
Desmond Dube ...
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
Dipshikha Mahajan ...
 Nandira Patel 3 episodes, 2009
Mosako Mogara ...
 Wellington 3 episodes, 2009
Kgomotso Delia Tshwenyego ...
 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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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Botswanan currency is the Pula, and during the time the first season was being filmed (mid-2007 to 2008), 1 Pula was worth about 16 U.S. cents. See more »


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

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Love it! Beautiful Country & Beautiful People
1 February 2010 | by See all my reviews

I really didn't think I'd like this show, but wow, was I wrong. We all love this series in my house - old & young alike. It's one of the best kept secrets on TV. Now I want to buy some Bush Tea! It's "Feel Good Television" for sure....even when it deals with some very difficult topics. Jill Scott is just delectable as an actress; well, we just love everyone on the show, actually. You want something to make you smile?....watch "The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency"! I really hope they extend the series into more seasons. Oh, and the photography of Botswana - it's absolutely breath-taking. I never knew male giraffes behaved like that!....as they said in the show, it's just like males everywhere. It's a wonderful view of a place and people we know little about here in my little town in the middle of Canada.

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