The lead hails from the U.S. and the creators come from the U.K., but The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency celebrates Botswana, "the finest place on God's Earth," as surely as a woman’s intuition. In his final directorial effort, Anthony Minghella joins forces with producer/co-writer Richard Curtis for the pilot, in which Precious Ramotswe (Grammy-winning singer Jill Scott) makes her debut. After her father dies, Mma Ramotswe sells his cows and opens an agency, because she "wants to do good." So, the "traditionally built woman" (in the words of Anthony McCall Smith, who wrote nine books about her) leases the old Gabarone post office, hires hyper-efficient secretary Grace Makutsi (Anika Noni Rose, Dreamgirls), and gets down to business.
With sassy hairdresser BK (Desmond Dube) and smitten mechanic JLB Matekoni (Lucian Msamati) cheering her on, Mma Ramotswe becomes a combination detective/feminist icon, sharing "endless cups of red bush tea" with her clients, encouraging women to take charge of their lives, and tackling tricky cases involving missing persons, duplicitous daddies, dangerous dentists, and unfaithful spouses (MI-5's David Oyelowo plays one of them). Produced for the BBC/HBO and filmed in Africa, the first season eschews gunplay and profanity for a fresh take on the small-town mystery series. Like Agatha Christie's Marple, but with fewer dead bodies, Mma Ramotswe depends more on her wits than technology.
In his author's diaries, McCall Smith reveals that "Minghella had long wanted to film my novels." Tim Fywell and Charles Sturridge (Brideshead Revisited) handle the remaining six episodes, while other distinguished guests include Prime Suspect's Colin Salmon as Ramotswe's ne'er-do-well ex-husband and Emmy nominee CCH Pounder as a mother searching for a lost son. Why Rose, who turns on a dime between comedy and tragedy, didn't also receive Emmy recognition, however, is the show's real mystery. --Kathleen C. Fennessy--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Based on the best-selling novels by Alexander McCall Smith, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency tells the uplifting fictional story of a Botswana woman who fulfills a longtime dream – and bucks daunting odds – by opening her country’s first and only female-owned detective agency. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A gentle, enjoyable, beautifully acted and directed piece of work. Only comparison might be Foyle's War, but this is a very different place and mood. Read morePublished 2 days ago by WM Kelly
Very engaging and beautifully done. Characters are well-developed and highly lovable, just like in the novels:)!Published 4 months ago by Joanna
They don't make 'em like that anymore, as they say. This much-loved short-lived series was TV gold, with smart, fun, strong black African women in the lead - and yet it's easy to... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Hubert Den Draak
The characters of the series are exactly like I imagined them when I read the books. Dreamy scenes of a beautiful country... Touching and funny !Published 6 months ago by Manon Corriveau Côté
This DVD was reasonably priced, arrived quickly and in good order, HOWEVER, it is in a British format that is not compatible with North Am DVD players.Published 9 months ago by Lynnette Lettinga
We have only one disappointment with this series: future series were cancelled after this first season. Read morePublished 9 months ago by George Jones
I have read most of the #1 Ladies Detective Agency books and the TV series is faithful to the spirit of and characters in the books. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jim Humphrey