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No 1 Ladies Detective: Complete First Season (Sous-titres français) [Import]


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  • Actors: Jill Scott, Anika Noni Rose, Lucian Msamati, Desmond Dube, Nicholas Beveney
  • Directors: Anthony Minghella, Charles Sturridge, Tim Bricknell, Tim Fywell
  • Writers: Anthony Minghella, Alexander McCall Smith, Nicholas Wright, Richard Curtis
  • Format: Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Studio: Hbo Home Video
  • Release Date: Nov. 1 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005VPNJ5W

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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

From the Studio

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.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Wanda Martin on Dec 5 2009
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The characters in Alexander McCall Smith's popular detective books absolutely come to life in this HBO TV series, as does the country of Botswana. Singer/poet Jill Scott is the perfect combination of sweetness and strength that is Precious Romotswe, the number one lady detective. Her prim and proper secretary/assistant detective is played wonderfully by Anika Noni Rose. Anthony Minghella, the Academy Award winning director of The English Patient and The Talented Mr. Ripley, has done a beautiful job on this, his final project. The gorgeous cinematography make the people and country of Botswana shine. As an added bonus there is the author's film diary that explains how each story was written, information on the country of Botswana, as well as footage of the making of the No. 1 Detective Agency. This is positively the best made series of films (for the big screen quality is unmistakable) I have ever seen that was also adapted from stories I have loved to read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CurlyK on Dec 2 2010
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If you love the quirky, charming and folkloric nature of the books you'll love this series. I so enjoyed seeing the characters brought to life and each one is cast perfectly. You'll recognize many of the plots plus there are new characters and themes to enjoy. I watched the DVD over several weeks during the spring and I'm ready to see it all again now that winter's coming. If you find the DVD a bit pricey, look for second-hand, as I did. I have no regrets with this purchase.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By British Fan on Aug. 2 2010
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The adults in our household loved these stories. We found that they followed the books very closely, and that the characters are very realistic. The music is uplifting. A great show for all to watch.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. Cloak on Oct. 20 2009
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This was the best video we've watched! Excellent family entertainment - great stories - can't wait for the next season!!!
Bought a copy for my Mom. The #1 Ladies Detective Agency rocks!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By the Other one on June 27 2013
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The main character-Precious, is perfectly suited to exactly who you envision while reading the books. I found the setting of Botswana exotic and intriguing. Precious never once misses an opportunity to praise Botswana above all the other African countries, nor does she get tired of defending her larger size by claiming she has 'a traditional build'. The stories sneak in a little education as each one subtly contains a topic or two relating to the culture or issues of Botswana. Extremely well worth the purchase.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wildflower on Oct. 1 2010
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Pure joy! My husband and I have read the entire #1 Ladies Detective Agency series and were delighted with the television production. Lots of liberties are taken with the text so purists may be disappointed. The additon of the gay hairdresser, the scrambling of cases and the combining of various characters all work well adding humour and increasing the pace of events. Jill Scott is a perfect Mma Ramotswe...a joyous,compassionate, intelligent African woman of traditional build.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ShelleyMac on Sept. 5 2012
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After reading the books years ago, we did not expect to be so gripped by the series or the characters, but fell for them all again on screen. What a terrific series, and how refreshing not to be exposed to the graphically visual violence that typifies so much of the on screen productions today. The characters were wonderful, the plots were wonderful, and we think there should have been a continuation of the series; what a delightful experience and an educational one, seeing Botswana that way on screen.
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By George Jones TOP 100 REVIEWER on Feb. 9 2015
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We have only one disappointment with this series: future series were cancelled after this first season. We don't understand why the producers felt they couldn't go on, as it received nothing but great reviews and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Every episode was highly entertaining. The acting was wonderful, especially by Anika Noni Rose as the assistant for Precious Ramostswe, the # 1 detective. There's lots of fun and great humour in this series. We also appreciated the Special Features where we learned more about Botswana and how this movie was made. The movie itself gives insight into the people of Botswana today.

There are a few intense scenes, so this probably wouldn't be appropriate viewing for children. However, older teens and adults will experience a treat by watching this movie. No foul language, but a few suggestive references.
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