'The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency' Coming to HBO
'The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency' Coming to HBO
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Grammy Award-winning singer Jill Scott returns to the small screen to lead a dynamic and diverse cast of the TV pilot  called The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, which is the latest brainchild of HBO, The Weinstein Company and the BBC.  The pilot is based on Alexander McCall Smith's international bestselling book series of the same name.

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency will kick off with a two-hour pilot on Sunday, March 29 at 8pm, followed by 13 one-hour episodes that will begin filming this summer, with HBO obtaining U.S. and Canadian television and home video rights, and the BBC taking UK television distribution.

"Alexander McCall Smith's wonderful books have been a sensation around the world for years, and we're thrilled to be teaming up with the BBC and The Weinstein Company [TWC] to adapt these highly entertaining stories for HBO," HBO co-president Richard Plepler said in a statement. "And needless to say, the opportunity to work with the exceptionally gifted Anthony Minghella and Richard Curtis makes this project all the more exciting."

Minghella, an Academy Award winner who is credited for Cold Mountain and The English Patient, will serve as the director of the pilot while Academy Award nominee Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Girl in the Cafe), will serve as executive producer.  Also onboard as producers are Academy Award winner Sydney Pollack (Out of Africa), Timothy Bricknell (Cold Mountain) and Amy Moore.

On the show, Jill Scott plays heroine Precious Ramotswe, a sensible and wise proprietor of the only female-owned detective agency in Botswana.  With the help of her efficient yet rather peculiar secretary Mma Makutsi (Anika Noni Rose), she looks into cases, helps people solve problems, and begins a special friendship with the highly respectable owner of a local garage.

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency also features Lucian Msamati, David Oyelowo, Idris Elba, Colin Salmon and Tony Award winner John Kani.

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

Source: HBO
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