The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
Glenn Diaz
Glenn Diaz
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
How’s this for a concept – the landlocked African nation of Botswana, a no-nonsense woman, and a detective agency.  HBO and BBC bring the adaptation of best-selling novel The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency to the small screen in this drama that began with a feature-length pilot episode on March 23.

As the first major film or television production to be shot in full in Botswana, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency is set to air in HBO in 13 more episodes in addition to the pilot.

The series stars Grammy Award-winning singer-actress Jill Scott as the cheerful go-getting Precious Ramotswe, who sells her late father’s cow and moves to the Botswana capital to establish the country’s first and so-far only female detective agency.  Alongside her innate women’s intuition, she also enlists the help of friends JLB Matekoni, played by Lucian Msanati, proprietor of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors and Makutsi, played by Anika Noni Rose of the Dreamgirls fame, the fastest-typing secretary in Gaborone.

On the pilot, the agency needs to solve the mysteries of a missing finger, a dubious Daddy, and a cheating husband.

"The opportunity to work with the exceptionally gifted Anthony Minghella and Richard Curtis makes this project all the more exciting," said HBO co-prexy Richard Plepler.

Meanwhile, Alexander McCall Smith, the author of the best-selling novel, says he hopes the viewers of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency can learn something from the African society portrayed in the novel and series.

“If it somehow manages to persuade people that a gentle approach to life is possible, is feasible, that that exists, then that's fine.  One of the things I suppose I do feel quite strongly about is that Mma Ramotswe has great attachment to the value of forgiveness. She doesn't believe in punishing people and making life difficult for people.”


- Glenn Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

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