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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 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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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 »

Filming Locations:

Botswana See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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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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Charming, funny, bright as rainbows
2 April 2009 | by crunchykittenSee all my reviews

The pilot for this series is very very close to the book(s), in tone and in content, if a little lightweight. The book series was perfectly charming, original in concept, playful and dignified and respectful of the human hearts at the center of this African culture, and so was this pilot. I do very much look forward to watching the series - the actors are a pure pleasure, and there's plenty of time to beef up the plots - PLUS- some great music! NO murderous cops, rotting corpses, drooling vampires, autopsies upon which the ME and his assistant eat their sandwiches, waggling, eye-level rump/crotch shots, convoluted quasi-Machiavellian mafia mobsters, sub-literate scriptwriters, howlingly ignorant plot devices. An original premise ... What a concept...


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