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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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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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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

10ft electrified fences surrounded most sets to protect cast and crew from animal attack. 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

Baby Ntsoare
Written by Khoza/Mdledle/Mogotsi
Licensed courtesy of Warner Chappell Music Ltd.
Performed by Lekofi Sejeso, Tsilo Baitsile, Keemenao Power Simololang, Phil Mhlanga, Phenyo Fundz Motshegwa,
Jose Masamba, Citie, Chris Baitshepi Mwachisenga
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Much better than I expected
24 March 2008 | by kjewittSee all my reviews

I am a fan of the books and I have been expecting Hollywood to make a shocking mess of this for several years. The most important thing is that this is a labour of love, not a meretricious exploitation of a "pre-sold property". Thank goodness it fell into the safe hands of Anthony Minghella. A lot of things happened on screen much earlier than they happened in the books but I think that is probably justifiable - in film you have to get the main characters introduced early on. I'm not wholly happy with Mma Ramotswe's hairdresser neighbour. Mma Makutsi didn't wholly convince me but her humanity likewise takes a long time to come across in the books. I missed the wonderfully tough lady from the children's home with her fruitcake -but maybe she will come in later. The feel of the African scenery - human and physical - was, if anything, richer than my imaginative version. What about Mma Ramotswe herself? I'd say that they have more or less got her right. I didn't imagine her being quite so smiley and cheerful, but then I'm a miserable so-and-so from the high latitudes. Of course her rich inner life can't wholly come across on screen. SO GO AND READ THE BOOKS! For anyone who hasn't read the books - they are the easiest books to read on the whole planet. I thought the back-story with her dad and ex-husband Note was very nicely handled. I shall certainly continue to watch. AMS you are a genius. AM why aren't there more like you?


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