The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency: Season 1, Episode 6

A Real Botswana Diamond (19 Apr. 2009)

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Precious has a few things to sort out, the main one being her old husband turning up again.

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Desmond Dube ...
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Harish Patel ...
Kgomotso Delia Tshwenyego ...
Rose (as Kgomotso Tshwenyego)
Brenda Ngxoli ...
Keketso Semoko ...
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Perseverance Moleta ...
Florence's Man
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Precious' husband, Note Mokoti, arrives in Gaborone and she's in a bit of a panic now that she's accepted JLB's proposal of marriage. He's prepared to give her a divorce, but only at a price. With a bit of research however, she finds the solution to her problem. JLB's longtime maid Florence is upset at the news of the engagement and plots her own revenge. The offices of the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency is the third break-in in the area, but oddly only colored chalk, a cake and Grace's diploma were stolen, with the office equipment and the petty cash box left untouched. Neither Grace nor Precious is too pleased when their rival, Cephas Buthelezi, is on the case courtesy of Mr. Patel. Precious solves the case anyways. Written by garykmcd

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BK: She's late.
Grace Makutsi: I am not late. I am never late. I have never been late and I never will be.
BK: I meant your boss.
Grace Makutsi: She is not late. She is otherwise engaged.
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Season 1: Cheery, engaging, warming little detective drama made without malice
2 September 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It seems forever since I watched and enjoyed the pilot film for this show – indeed looking it up I saw it was 2008 and I am not sure why it took me so long to actually watch the proper show that followed it. Anyway, I recently did watch the six episodes that appear to be all of it and I more or less found the same warm pleasure that I got from the pilot film. Each week the cases vary in complexity, seriousness and also in terms of importance to the overall episode but the one thing that is consistent is the colour of the delivery and the general sense of good-humoured investigation and fun.

As I said about the pilot, I'm sure this picture of life in Botswana is as much of a fiction as the stories themselves of course but it is a wonderful creation that the show makes it very easy to relax into and enjoy. There is a genuine warmth to the show and it makes it very hard to dislike. The plots are actually pretty good – or at least more than up to the standard of other crime shows that gently engage on a Sunday night (when this originally screened). Where there are dramatic threads they are never cheaply so and they keep with the overall tone of the show, even if death or danger is involved. Likewise there are plenty that is just amusing and adds to the feel-good atmosphere. The exception to this is perhaps the final two episodes, which bring in more story to the character and have a bit more of a dark edge to them – they still work, but perhaps are not as enjoyable. There were some other reasons for that though, the people that joined the cast were part of the problem but a bigger thing for me was knowing that the show did not have a season 2 to resolve all these loose ends – and watching it 3 or more years after it was made is pretty much confirmation that a next season isn't about to come round the corner.

The cast fit the material very well and they buy into this rather smoothed and colourful image of Botswana to the point that they fit into this world, if not the real world. Scott is great – she has a gentle wisdom and good humour to her character and is also quite charming, which helps the viewer like her as well as her character solve cases. Anika Noni Rose is wonderfully uptight and repressed throughout the season and she is a real joy in terms of laughs; love her mannerisms and the cracks in her character – just like Scott, she plays a lot of small things on her face that help the humour. Dube is a bit more obvious but just as enjoyable while Msamati gets more to work with in the season as a whole and works well with Scott. The various well-known faces are not all appreciated, partly because they break the fantasy of this little world. That said, once I got used to CCH Pounder in her episode, she was actually pretty good. Sadly same cannot be said for Patterson Joseph or Colin Salmon, neither of whom really fit (although Salmon is a hell of a lot better than Joseph is).

Overall though, this was a great season of light entertainment – cheerful, warming, engaging and fun. The characters are nice to be around and are very well drawn and delivered, with Scott and Rose always being watchable and engaging. I have no idea why it never had a second season because I would be right there for it.


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