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The agency investigates a possible poisoner amongst a feuding family, ivory smuggling, and a series of unexplained deaths at the hospital.


Charles Sturridge


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jill Scott ... Precious Ramotswe
Anika Noni Rose ... Grace Makutsi
Lucian Msamati ... JLB Matekoni
Desmond Dube Desmond Dube ... BK
Vusi Kunene Vusi Kunene ... Doctor Gulubane
Nyasha Hatendi ... Doctor Sibenke
Ludo Chalashika Ludo Chalashika ... Nurse
Boitumelo Makunga Boitumelo Makunga ... Nurse
Dineo Mophakedi Dineo Mophakedi ... Nurse
Mosako Mogara Mosako Mogara ... Wellington
Keketso Semoko Keketso Semoko ... Mma Potokwane
Lerato Moloi Lerato Moloi ... Tabitha
Joe Matome Joe Matome ... Rre Lisindi
Musonda Trevor Selwyn Mwamba Musonda Trevor Selwyn Mwamba ... Himself, Bishop of Botswana (as The Right Rev. Musonda Trevor Selwyn Mwamba)
Lebogang Motubudi Lebogang Motubudi ... Richard Makutsi


Mma Ramotswe gets caught between a dangerous case of ivory smuggling and a feuding family when she is asked to investigate the unusual behavior of Rra Lisindi, owner of Lisindi's curio shop, and the case of a possible poisoner. Meanwhile, Mma Makutsi is entrusted with the task of solving Tlokweng Hospital's spate of mysteriously regular deaths. Written by Radio Times

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12 April 2009 (USA) See more »

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In the scene where Precious searches an open medicine cabinet, she turns and opens the door and discovers Mma Makgothi eavesdropping by the washroom door. When the camera's POV switches to view into the washroom we see that the cabinet is now closed. See more »

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Surpassingly Excellent!
26 February 2013 | by doublechocolatebarbieSee all my reviews

My husband and I have just watched Episode1, The Pilot. We are very impressed with the cast and the direction. We have read the first 11 books in A.M. Smith's series. So we've become acquainted with the goodness, kindness, and wisdom of the main characters. It is not too much to say that we have come to love them as dear friends.

With such a background, we are delighted to see our dear friends brought to life and to see their country of Botswana. We do not know how the film would strike someone who has not read the books. It is beautiful filming of a life & a place that are very different from our own. And yet the kindness, tenderness, & courtesy of the main characters (each in his own unique way) is universally attractive & heart-warming. Watching the films of these stories with our children, leads to discussions of these values with them. They understand & appreciate the good behaviors they see, even though the culture is very different.

We recommend that if you have not read the books, you do so. It will be well worth your time. There are delightful treasures to be found there, that are difficult to communicate in film.

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