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A delight from beginning to end.

  • Dec 4, 2011
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I have been renting this series from Netflix over the past few months, and I became addicted to the delightful world created from the Alexander McCall Smith novel of the same name, which I also very much enjoyed.

The wonderful acting and characterizations of the players, especially singer Jill Scott as Mma Ramotswe and Dreamgirls' Anika Noni Rose as Mma Makutsi, bring the characters from the book to life in the most delightful way possible. The music, especially that which plays at the beginning of each episode, seeps into your pores and lifts your heart. And Africa herself (at least Botswana) is featured well.

Each episode manages to delicately balance humor with drama and explore the characters personally while still presenting interesting light mysteries. If you can sit through one episode and not laugh at the hilariously uptight Mma Makutsi, you need a tune-up on your funny bone! :)

The only downside is that there was apparently only one season...or at least I've only been able to find one season available on DVD. What a shame. I will miss that cast of characters terribly.

HIGHLY recommended!

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Quick Tip by . December 27, 2011
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Great show featuring my favorite singer, Jill Scott, in a phenomenal role as the lead and only female detective in Botswana. It celebrates a side of Africa that we Westerners rarely get to see- daily life, beautiful landscapes, regular citizens...Apparently, it's a book series, though I have yet to read the series or start on it, so I can't compare this to the book. I do know that I really enjoyed watching this series.      It was cancelled due to poor ratings. Of course, …
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The lead hails from the U.S. and the creators come from the U.K., butThe No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agencycelebrates 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.

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Cast: Jill Scott
DVD Release Date: September 8, 2009
Runtime: 451 minutes
Studio: HBO
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