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 (Series Cast Summary - 12 of 17)

Jill Scott ... Precious Ramotswe (7 episodes, 2008-2009)

Anika Noni Rose ... Grace Makutsi (7 episodes, 2008-2009)

Lucian Msamati ... 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)

Series Directed by
Charles Sturridge (3 episodes, 2009)
Tim Bricknell (2 episodes, 2009)
Tim Fywell (2 episodes, 2009)
Series Writing credits
Alexander McCall Smith (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
Robert Jones (3 episodes, 2009)
Nicholas Wright (3 episodes, 2009)

Series Produced by
Steve E. Andrews .... associate producer (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
Amy J. Moore .... producer (6 episodes, 2008-2009)
Tim Bricknell .... producer / series producer (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Richard Curtis .... executive producer (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Vlokkie Gordon .... line producer / producer: Film Afrika (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Anthony Minghella .... executive producer / producer (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Sydney Pollack .... executive producer (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Bob Weinstein .... executive producer (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Harvey Weinstein .... executive producer (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
David Wicht .... producer: Film Afrika (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Series Original Music by
Gabriel Yared (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Series Cinematography by
Giulio Biccari (6 episodes, 2009)
Series Film Editing by
Mary Finlay (3 episodes, 2009)
Katie Weiland (3 episodes, 2009)
Series Casting by
Michelle Guish (1 episode, 2008)
Richard Hicks (1 episode, 2008)
Moonyeenn Lee (1 episode, 2008)
David Rubin (1 episode, 2008)
Series Production Design by
Johnny Breedt (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Series Art Direction by
Vivienne Gray (1 episode, 2008)
Cecelia van Straaten (1 episode, 2009)
Series Set Decoration by
Melinda Launspach (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
Series Costume Design by
Jo Katsaras (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
Series Makeup Department
Simone Stubbs .... make-up and hair artist (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
Megan Tanner .... make-up and hair designer / hair designer / ... (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
Series Production Management
Clare Maclean .... post-production supervisor (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steve E. Andrews .... first assistant director (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
Jonny Benson .... second assistant director (6 episodes, 2009)

Phil Jones .... scheduling assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Arlo Markantonatos .... assistant property master / props buyer (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
Surisa Surisa .... set dresser (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
Patrick O'Connor .... assistant art director (6 episodes, 2009)
Lucille Doman .... graphic designer (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Series Sound Department
Martin Cantwell .... sound effects editor / sound designer (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
Simon Chase .... dialogue editor / supervising sound editor / ... (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
Colin Ritchie .... dialogue editor (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
Dillon Bennett .... assistant sound editor (6 episodes, 2009)
Richard Fordham .... dialogue editor (6 episodes, 2009)
David Mackie .... sound effects editor (6 episodes, 2009)
Mark Paterson .... sound re-recording mixer (6 episodes, 2009)
Jamie Roden .... sound re-recording mixer (6 episodes, 2009)
Simon Diggins .... sound mix assistant (5 episodes, 2009)
Harry Barnes .... foley editor (3 episodes, 2009)
Kevin Penney .... foley editor (3 episodes, 2009)
Alex Joseph .... foley editor / foley supervisor (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Nico Louw .... production sound mixer (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Jacques Pienaar .... boom operator (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Series Special Effects by
Clinton Smith .... special body effects designer and creator (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
Series Visual Effects by
Zachary Bloom .... scanning and recording: Framestore / hd scanning and recording: Framestore (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
Clare Brody .... data operator - framestore (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
Dennis Dallen .... lead compositor (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
Richard Edwards .... digital intermediate data operator / data operator: Framestore CFC (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
James Long .... digital intermediate data operator / data operator: Framestore CFC (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
Laura Lunt .... production assistant: framestore (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
Veronica Marcano .... scanning & recording operator: Framestore (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
Petr Masek .... digital compositor (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
Tomas Munzar .... lead compositor (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
Adam Parker .... retouch and restoration: Framestore (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
Lee Rankin .... scanning and recording: Framestore (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
Matthew Baker .... retouch and restoration: Framestore (6 episodes, 2009)
Andrew Harvey .... retouch and restoration: Framestore (6 episodes, 2009)
David Vána .... visual effects supervisor (6 episodes, 2009)
Asa Shoul .... digital colourist (4 episodes, 2009)
Miro Gal .... senior flame artist (3 episodes, 2009)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Zak 'Ebenezzer' O'Leary .... key grip / dolly grip (7 episodes, 2008-2009)

Nick Wall .... still photographer (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
Pascar Proctor .... casting / extras casting / ... (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Clinton Smith .... specialty costume builder (6 episodes, 2009)
Series Editorial Department
Maria Chamberlain .... colorist: dailies (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
David Preece .... on-line editor (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
David Fisher .... assistant editor (6 episodes, 2009)
Alistair Hamer .... digital intermediate on-line editor (6 episodes, 2009)
Marina Theodotou .... assistant editor (6 episodes, 2009)
Series Music Department
Mike Gillespie .... music supervisor (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
Lewis Morison .... assistant to composer (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
Kirsty Whalley .... music editor (6 episodes, 2009)
Robert Houston .... music editor (5 episodes, 2009)
Allan Jenkins .... music editor (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Solomon B. Monyame .... music supervisor (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Series Transportation Department
Colin Breedt .... picture vehicle coordinator (1 episode, 2008)
Russell Delport .... transportation co-captain (1 episode, 2008)
Laurie Dunn .... unit and transport manager (1 episode, 2008)
Tarryn Greybè .... unit and transport coordinator (1 episode, 2008)
Mark Hardy .... transportation captain (1 episode, 2008)
Kenny Tshenyego .... picture vehicle assistant coordinator (1 episode, 2008)
Bruce Capel-Davies .... transportation coordinator (1 episode, 2009)
Nick Dunn .... assistant unit transport manager (1 episode, 2009)
Simphiwe Jodwana .... transportation captain (1 episode, 2009)
Series Other crew
Mark J. Levenstein .... production executive (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
Justine Raczkiewicz .... assistant: production executive (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
Lulu Zezza .... executive in charge of physical production (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
Estelle Vockerodt .... assistant accountant (6 episodes, 2009)
Joseph Warley .... production assistant (6 episodes, 2009)
David Wilcock .... first assistant accountant / key assistant accountant (6 episodes, 2009)
Deon Du Preez .... location manager (4 episodes, 2008-2009)
Series Thanks
Anthony Minghella .... in memory of (1 episode, 2008)

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USA:60 min
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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 »
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22 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Much more than just charming, 16 June 2009
Author: ileanadu from United States

I had heard so much about the books that I was looking forward to the pilot episode and I have not been disappointed since. I eagerly awaited each episode in the (first) season to see how the various relationships would develop, to see if there would be answers given to unanswered questions and to see how Precious would solve the next case. I've seen all the episodes in the first season, and now I want more. I hope to read the books sometime, but my review is from the perspective of someone who has not read them.

I agree that this series is not heavy, but it does have depth and complexity. It is not pablum and it is not Murder She Wrote, although there are similarities. In some ways, it's a bit more like Law & Order: Special Victims Unit where the detectives' past experiences and current lives are also a part of the ongoing story, even though each episode is centered on a couple of mysteries.

I think in the west we have become so used to seeing women in what were formerly men's jobs that there isn't enough appreciation for how tough it still is for women in other parts of the world to achieve respect for who they are and what they do rather than being judged on their looks or their ability to keep house. At the same time, there are some issues about women and families that transcend cultures, such as domestic violence and childlessness. That is not to say that it's a series for women. I've seen very positive online reviews by males. In fact, my husband and I usually watch the episodes together, but if he misses the original broadcast, he'll watch it "On Demand." Afterwards we'll discuss developments, motives and possible future directions as if these were the lives of friends we are viewing and not just fictional characters. What more can you ask of a series than to have the audience invested in the characters and plots?

One delightful feature of the No. 1 LDA is seeing how Precious solves each case in a different way using her intelligence, her skills at observation, her common sense, sometimes her marksmanship, and yes, sometimes luck. It is also a thrill to see what her definition of "solving" entails, as the solutions are not the typical bad guy gets found out and goes to jail in the last five minutes; in fact, in most cases, the law is not involved at all, but all clients who really want the truth (and deserve it) get satisfaction. Usually the audience also gets a sense that justice has been done in some way, even if it is not the end result we would typically see in a mystery series. We enjoy reviewing these approaches and results, their merits and demerits, and how different they are from our own approaches to the same issues.

Although there is a lot of focus on each character's development and on the relationships among themselves, it is not a melodrama. There is plenty of humor and wit sprinkled throughout. Of course, the series also has thrilling music and gorgeous scenery and it provides a little insight into a culture and environment slightly different than our own. A big plus is its positive depiction of an Africa that we seldom get to see in the west.

I don't want to spoil any of the stories, but I have read reviews that praise the series for its absence of violence and gore. I think that may be misleading. There are some adult themes, some violence, or suggestions of violence and definitely some things that a squeamish person might not like. These are largely left to the imagination rather than explicitly depicted on screen, and/or so miniscule compared to what usually comes out of Hollywood that some people may not even realize they are there, but they are not completely absent.

Thus, although the series is not for children, because of the way these issues are handled, it is possible these would go completely over the heads of any children watching. I can't recall any instances of foul language, at least none that I understood or that I could identify. However, I would really have to watch some episodes with this possibility in mind before deciding my kids could be around or watch the show.

Anyone watching the series will get a good (and gorgeous) view of another culture, its similarities and differences from ours, and perhaps some insights about our own society.

Of course, nothing pleases everyone, so there is no guarantee you will like it, but based on what I have seen and the online reviews I have read,there is a great chance you will enjoy it.

So, when does the next season start?

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