Saturday, March 28, 2009

TIVO ALERT: The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency

If you are fortunate enough to have HBO and if you are a fan of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency mysteries by Alexander McCall Smith, I just want to remind you that the HBO series based on the books will start this Sunday night at 8 p.m.

From the series website...
As a young girl growing up in the African nation of Botswana, Precious Ramotswe was encouraged by her father to follow her dreams, no matter what. Now in her mid-30s, Precious is doing just that — by opening her country's first and only female-owned detective agency for the benefit of those who need help the most.

The first major film/TV project to be shot entirely on location in Botswana, 'The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency' is based on the best-selling novels by Alexander McCall Smith and co-written and executive produced by Richard Curtis and the late Anthony Minghella.

Like McCall's novels, the series chronicles the adventures of Precious Ramotswe (Jill Scott), the cheerful, eminently sensible proprietor of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, located in the Kgale Hill Shopping Center on the outskirts of Gaborone. Aided by her efficient yet high-strung secretary Grace Makutsi (Anika Noni Rose), Precious investigates a variety of cases, helping townspeople solve mysteries in their lives, from missing children to philandering husbands to con-artist scams.

...In the lead role of Precious Ramotswe is Jill Scott, the R&B singer/songwriter who has won three Grammy® Awards since 2005...
I will be setting the Tivo!!

But even if you do not have HBO, there are some very interesting videos available at the site and the chance to enter a contest to win a trip to Botswana. So if you are a fan of the books, you might want to check it out.


  1. I've only read the first book but I enjoyed it. I wish I had HBO!

  2. Oh, thanks for the reminder, I heard about this last week and completely forgot! I saw the pilot already, about a year ago when it was aired on the BBC, and let me tell you it was awesome. Can't wait to see more.

  3. I'm bummed - we don't have HBO. :(

  4. yes, every time I think of canceling my HBO, they come up with a series like this and I am forced to keep them. Which is the point I guess. ;-)


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