The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency celebrates Botswana, "the finest place on God's Earth," as surely as a woman's intuition. Precious Ramotswe (Grammy-winning singer Jill Scott), after her father dies, 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 - Hotel Rwanda) 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.
The stories in the episodes are an amalgam of what's in the books. but it is still very true to the book. very enjoyable, especially if you have traveled with Mma Ramwotswe from the very first novel. Jill is younger than I imagined Precious to be but her warmth and wisdom shine through and you can believe this is Precious Ramotswe. The Grace Makutsi character is exactly how i imagined her to be, very close to her description in the book, 97% accurate! JLB is good too. a must for fans.