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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency 

A Botswanan woman starts up the country's first female-owned detective agency. Based on the series of novels by Alexander McCall Smith.

Director:

Anthony Minghella

Writers:

Richard Curtis (teleplay), Anthony Minghella (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jill Scott ... Precious Ramotswe
Anika Noni Rose ... Grace Makutsi
Lucian Msamati ... JLB Matekoni
Nikki Amuka-Bird ... Alice Busang (as Nikki Amuka Bird)
Desmond Dube Desmond Dube ... BK
Tumisho Masha Tumisho Masha ... Lucky Sesana
Bongeka Mpongwana Bongeka Mpongwana ... Happy Bapetsi
David Oyelowo ... Kremlin Busang
John Kani ... Daddy Bapetsi
Vusi Kunene Vusi Kunene ... Doctor Gulubane
Harriet Lenabe Harriet Lenabe ... Mma Notshi (as Harriet Manamela)
Colin Salmon ... Note Makoti
Idris Elba ... Charlie Gotso
Lindani Nkosi Lindani Nkosi ... Hector Lepodise
Vasco Shoba Vasco Shoba ... Obed Ramotswe
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Storyline

After her father dies, Botswanan Precious Ramotse decides to sell her inheritance - 180 cows - and move to the capital Gaborone and open a detective agency. From a young age her father had trained her to develop her memory skills and she has a keen sense of observation. Business is slow, but Precious soon has a secretary, Grace Makutsi and fits in well with her neighbors. Slowly, clients begin to trickle in: a woman who thinks the man who claims to be her father - he had abandoned the family when she was just a young child - is actually an impostor; a woman who thinks her husband is having an affair - a view Grace enthusiastically generally supports since she thinks all men are liars and cheaters; and a factory owner who thinks an employee claiming compensation for an accident is scamming him. Her interest is also drawn to the case of a missing boy but she she must face a powerful local gangster to get the information she needs. Written by garykmcd

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Certificate:

TV-PG

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Official Sites:

BBC [UK]

Country:

UK | South Africa | Botswana | USA

Language:

Tswana | English

Release Date:

29 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Gaborone, Botswana See more »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The film's producers have signed a 10 year lease for the area at the foot of Kgale Hill, Gaborone, where they have built the fictional shopping center where Precious Ramotswe opens her storefront detective agency. See more »

Quotes

Grace Makutsi: [after meeting BK for the first time] That man is very much like a woman.
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Soundtracks

Ntyilo Ntyilo
(traditional)
Arranged by Guy Barker
Licensed courtesy of Golden Hawk Productions Ltd.
Performed by Guy Barker Quintet
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Africa, at her seductive best
25 March 2008 | by zimpilgrimSee all my reviews

Gentle, heart-caressing and unpretentious, the No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is the beautiful, acclaimed TV film of Precious Mambotswe, from the even more acclaimed, charming series of stories by Alexander McCall Smith.

Mambotswe is the only female detective in Botswana and, as such, the number-one female detective in the land. She is played by stunning and understated, Jill Scott who is perfectly cast in the role.

The film is an undemanding stroll, packed with gentle-suspense, wit and warm understanding, through an Africa known and loved by many.

The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is a delightful and memorable watch.


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