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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency 

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A woman opens her own detective agency in Botswana.
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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 5 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
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 Desmond Dube ...  BK 7 episodes, 2008-2009
Thabo Malema Thabo Malema ...  Charlie / ... 5 episodes, 2008-2009
Tau Maserumule Tau Maserumule ...  Fanwell / ... 5 episodes, 2008-2009
Lebogang Motubudi Lebogang Motubudi ...  Richard Makutsi 4 episodes, 2009
Harish Patel ...  Mr. Patel 3 episodes, 2009
Brenda Ngxoli Brenda Ngxoli ...  Florence Peko 3 episodes, 2009
Dipshikha Mahajan Dipshikha Mahajan ...  Nandira Patel 3 episodes, 2009
Mosako Mogara Mosako Mogara ...  Wellington 3 episodes, 2009
Kgomotso Delia Tshwenyego Kgomotso Delia Tshwenyego ...  Rose / ... 3 episodes, 2008-2009
Paterson Joseph ...  Cephas Buthelezi 2 episodes, 2009
Vusi Kunene ...  Doctor Gulubane 2 episodes, 2008-2009
Colin Salmon ...  Note Makoti 2 episodes, 2008-2009
Kenneth Nkosi Kenneth Nkosi ...  Two Shots Pulani 2 episodes, 2009
Keketso Semoko Keketso Semoko ...  Mma Potokwane 2 episodes, 2009
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After her father's death, sensible and cheerful Mma Precious Ramotswe sells her inherited cattle and opens the country's only female-owned detective agency. She hires Botswana Secretarial College graduate (97% in the final exams!) Grace Makutsi as her assistant. Together they solve problems big and small with their wisdom, big hearts, and endless cups of red-bush tea. Meanwhile, Mma Ramotswe's best friend, mechanic Mr. JLB Matekoni, hopes for a chance to win her heart... Based on Alexander McCall Smith's best-selling book series. Written by L. Hamre

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When cast, both of the lead actresses in this series were a little better-known for their professional singing than for their film or TV acting careers. Jill Scott was most famous as a Grammy-winning R&B and soul singer, though she had also been a spoken-word performer and poet and a stage actress. Anika Noni Rose won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for the Broadway show "Caroline, or Change," and also appeared in singing roles in Dreamgirls (2006) and (after starting The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (2008)) The Princess and the Frog (2009). See more »

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Referenced in Breaking and Entering (2006) See more »

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A Sparkling Jewel!
2 February 2010 | by OutsideHollywoodLandSee all my reviews

Sometimes a series comes along that outshines all the rest. The #1 Ladies' Detective Agency is such a jewel of artistic excellence. When I first heard the buzz about a new HBO series, featuring an African-American female detective (who wasn't a size -2), my interest was sparked – and the previews only increased my impatience and anticipation. I can testify here and now that the cast, direction, and script writing always leave me wanting more.

Based on the best-selling novels by Alexander McCall Smith, #1 centers around Precious Ramotswe (Jill Scott), who left her homeland after burying her father and child. A victim of domestic abuse, Precious seeks a new life in Botswana, as the #1 Ladies' Detective". It's obvious by her adventurous spirit and career choice that she views herself as "made of strong stuff".

Strong stuff indeed! In no time, she opens her agency, hires a secretary Grace Makutsi, (Anika Rose), who proudly declares, "I've scored 97%, the highest in the history of the secretarial college!" Add a common-sense boyfriend with a bad case of shyness and a gay hairdresser with a perchance for flowery shirts and cute hats, and you have a recipe for weekly success.

It's not unusual for an episode to begin in good humor, only to end with this reviewer dissolved in tears and tissues. The stories feature sordid kidnappings, murder, and drug dealing to the usual suspects of cheating spouses, quarreling families, and petty thieves.

Yet the smartest element of this delightful show is the use of Botswana and its people as its weekly setting. The rich culture and customs woven into each mystery, provides us with characters and situations that never fail to fascinate. And in the end, what appears different strikes a familiar chord, because it's a small world after all.


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Official Sites:

BBC [UK]

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UK | USA | South Africa | Botswana

Language:

English | Tswana

Release Date:

29 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Agência Nº1 de Mulheres Detectives See more »

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Botswana See more »

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1.78 : 1
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