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

Jill Scott , Anika Noni Rose , Anthony Minghella , Charles Sturridge    DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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No 1 Ladies Detective: Complete First Season (Sous-titres français) [Import] + Botswana: In the Footsteps of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency with Alexander McCall Smith
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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

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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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Botswana magic Dec 5 2009
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting story Aug. 2 2010
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming -- just what you'd expect Dec 2 2010
By CurlyK
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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5.0 out of 5 stars No 1 Ladies Detective Agency HBO Series review June 27 2013
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars # 1 Ladies Detective Agency Dec 30 2013
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The filming of Africa was very well done. The story line followed the original books which are some of my favorites. It is too bad that it could not have been continued.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining June 28 2013
By Giby
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I love this series of stories every much as the books. Jill Scott is perfect in this role. Wish there were more available.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Excellent book and video series. Makes u fall in love with Africa and makes u smile a lot! I would recommend this book to one and all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing, Real, Funny and Touching 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Could watch this over and over
Great stories, shot in a great location. Very happy to watch this over and over again.
Published 7 hours ago by JohnM
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly unique series
Wonderful stories and the casting of Jill Scott as the detective is genius.
Published 16 days ago by trish crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable adaptation of the books
Adaptation from book to TV always loses something but this series does no harm to the essence of the stories. Excellent actors in the lead roles.
Published 25 days ago by Leslie Cameron
1.0 out of 5 stars great
great, please do more shows
Published 2 months ago by ej
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed the series
I really enjoyed the series. I loved the polite raport in the dialogue and the wonderfull colourfull characters.Quirky, and real. It was a lovley trip to Botswana!!!!!
Published 2 months ago by KORINNA LEACH
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 2 months ago by Alastair Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent DVD representation of a lovely book series
A delightful DVD set about this series. Wish that they continued it on. It captures the feel of the books very well - excellent cast, well filmed, beautiful and accurate setting. Read more
Published 3 months ago by deirdre harvey
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely series
A heartwarming series with lovely characters set in beautiful Botswana.
Jill Scott is superd. You will not be disapointed with this set!
Published 4 months ago by Anthony
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute goodie
This is a wonderful production, with excellent acting, great scenarios, great camera work, great settings and you feel the atmosphere just as if you are there. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Voyager
5.0 out of 5 stars A Joy to Watch
Alexander McCall Smith's Botswana is a haven of sanity in a world slowly going mad. The cast and producers are very faithful to the original stories. I'm still hoping for more!
Published 7 months ago by joebftsplk
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