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Madamec8  (Level: 85.9 - Posts: 897)
Fri, 1st May '09 1:11 PM


More on TV programs -- I've been watching this great series, 5 episodes so far, on HBO, and it is WONDERFUL!!!! I've read a good number of the books and was smitten. The casting is perfect, the writing brilliant. And it's available on HBO In Demand, so I can watch it again ... and again. It is not a chick show, either. The author Alexander McCall Smith had a meet and greet recently, 700 people showed up. A delightful man.

I have not been an HBO subscriber, but I signed on so I could watch the wonderful Kevin Bacon film 'Taking Chance', and stayed with it through this series. Glad I did.

Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5224)
Fri, 1st May '09 1:16 PM

I know this is probably a silly question, but is it called Ladies Detective Agency? I want to check it out but wasn't sure if that was indeed the name. I have gotten hooked on The Unusuals.

Madamec8  (Level: 85.9 - Posts: 897)
Fri, 1st May '09 1:38 PM

No, it isn't a silly question -- it's actually The #1 Ladies Detective Agency (because there are no other lady detectives in Botswana ). I can't remember if it's listed as #1 or No. 1. The week's episode airs on Sunday nights, then it's available On Demand after that. The first 5 episodes can still be viewed, this week will be the 6th.

Erin0620  (Level: 77.2 - Posts: 737)
Fri, 1st May '09 2:03 PM

I read the books several years back and really enjoyed them. The mysteries aren't very tough to solve, but Mma Ramotswe's manner is delightful. I thought of getting HBO just to see the series, but couldn't reconcile spending money to watch what I have already read. I remember a bit ago NPR interviewing Laura Bush, and she spoke of reading the series, as well.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4183)
Fri, 1st May '09 2:49 PM

Wonderful series of books. Might get HBO.

Madamec8  (Level: 85.9 - Posts: 897)
Fri, 1st May '09 3:09 PM

Glad to hear that others have enjoyed the books. I mentioned a recent visit from the author ... a friend of mine went and stood in line because he was signing books. When she got up to him, they shook hands, and she told him how disappointed she was that so many people were there. Kind of startled, he asked why, and she said, because I thought I had discovered you. He loved it! I've ordered a couple of his books in another series, 44 Scotland St., they sound appealing.

I hope you can see some of the TV series, especially the first one, it sets the stage and characters, and you will love Grace, who got a 97 in her business school, the highest grade ever, and Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, I fall in love with him at least 6 times in every episode.

Yes, Mma Ramotswe's cases require as much finesse as outright detective work, and she has a manner and moral standard for resolving each one. Jill Scott stars, she gained a lot of weight so she could be a 'traditionally built' woman

Caramel1  (Level: 136.5 - Posts: 21601)
Fri, 1st May '09 4:37 PM

Just watched the first episode-Wonderful-thank you so much-Linda

Madamec8  (Level: 85.9 - Posts: 897)
Fri, 1st May '09 5:02 PM

I love it that you loved it, Linda! Didn't you enjoy the interaction between Grace and B.K. next door? I love her, you'll will love watching her character evolve, Anika Noni Rose, never heard of her, how did I miss her?

(sheesh, this is starting to feel like the day after Dynasty, our first half-hour of work (including managers) was spend rehashing that )

1mks  (Level: 221.3 - Posts: 5931)
Fri, 1st May '09 6:41 PM

I've read all of those also...they always bring a smile to my face. Much fun.

Nanpaulhus  (Level: 144.9 - Posts: 354)
Fri, 1st May '09 7:09 PM

Oh, I stumbled on one of those books on tape, and adored it! Good reading/listening. Maybe someday I can watch it too!


Joanneeberlin  (Level: 190.9 - Posts: 687)
Fri, 1st May '09 7:17 PM

Is the series available to rent yet? or buy? I would love to see it, but I don't have HBO ... I too have read the books. A new one (book) just came out.


Madamec8  (Level: 85.9 - Posts: 897)
Sat, 2nd May '09 2:06 AM

Jo, the series will be released on DVD, I believe Amazon is taking pre-orders ... might be a bit pricey. The HBO thing is a pain, it's a business deal with BBC. Lots of people don't even have VCR's any more, so hard to tape or play a VHS.

Surreyman  (Level: 274.9 - Posts: 2776)
Sat, 2nd May '09 5:26 AM

Shouldn't be my thing at all, at all - but I do like 'em!
Books & TV have been long enjoyed in the UK.

Barnierubble  (Level: 93.9 - Posts: 636)
Sat, 2nd May '09 7:24 AM

My wife got me to watch the second episode shown on BBC, she saw the first. The series is one of the most delightful I have seen, the interaction between the two lady characters is amazing, and all the cast seem to fit in well, even the villians.

Caramel1  (Level: 136.5 - Posts: 21601)
Sat, 2nd May '09 7:09 PM

Watched episode 2 today-Wonderful. Thank you so much again for telling us about it. I watch many of the HBO Movies but seldom if ever check out any of the Series. My kids were once very big Soprano fans but think that is something if you didn't start watching from the beginning it is difficult to pick up on-this series is a true treasure-Linda

Naomi4195  (Level: 51.7 - Posts: 184)
Sat, 2nd May '09 11:02 PM

Because of this post I went and watched the first episode. Then I watched the 2nd and the 3rd and I am about to watch the 4th episode. I didn't think I would like it as I watched about 5 minutes of it by accident and decided it wasn't for me. (Boy was I wrong.) This is a truly great series with great actors and great interaction among the characters. Everybody should give it a shot, I don't think you will be disappointed.

Lynnm  (Level: 238.4 - Posts: 2057)
Sun, 3rd May '09 12:12 AM

Smith wrote another series about a certain Professor von Igelfeld: "Portuguese Irregular Verbs", "Finer Points of Sausage Dogs" and "At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances". The Professor is a pompous and narcissistic protagonist - about as far from Mma Ramotswe as one can get! But these 3 books are hilarious, and if you like the other works of Smith you'll love these too.

Madamec8  (Level: 85.9 - Posts: 897)
Sun, 3rd May '09 1:21 AM

I am so pleased people are enjoying it. Mr. Smith would be delighted. Word of mouth is his best marketing technique. When he was here, one of the women in the audience asked if he would mind if she had some t-shirts for traditionally built women made up -- he said, you have my full permission. He's no dummy. He was recently in Santa Barbara, he said, you should SEE those Santa Barbarians -- two of the women are so into the series they went out and bought a small white van just like Mma Ramotswe's and put lettering (I think the #1 LDA) on the side and are toodling all over the area.

More about him -- born in Zimbabwe I believe, lived in Botswana, returned to Scotland, he's an attorney. He also founded The Really Terrible Orchestra, a group of professionals who had played musical instruments at one time. He plays the Sousaphone. Currently 65 members of the group -- they are really terrible, as professionals go -- but they sell records and have sold out performances. They have fun.

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2402)
Sun, 3rd May '09 6:46 PM

I have a dear friend in Botswana, and I hope she gets to see the series, too.
I saw an interview with the author on TV last night.
To be honest, I have not seen the series, but it DOES sound fascinating!


Madamec8  (Level: 85.9 - Posts: 897)
Sun, 3rd May '09 7:20 PM

Bev, the city of Gaborone has been enriched bcause of this series -- last year Alexander McCall Smith (called Sandy by his friends) converted an old garage into the #1 Ladies Opera House. The film and the new venue have both opened up opportunities for locals to act and sing and otherwise get involved in the entertainment industry. Red bush tea is served during intervals (I have some, by the way, it's pretty good). Pricey safaris now include a day or two in Gaborone which sits at the edge of the Kalahari desert. Since Botswana was once a British colony, its official language is English.

Lynnm  (Level: 238.4 - Posts: 2057)
Sun, 3rd May '09 8:45 PM

I don't get HBO but will definitely put this in my Netflix cue. I'll have to set aside a day off from work to indulge in the No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Thanks for the head's up!

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2011)
Sun, 3rd May '09 9:22 PM

WOOHOO!! So happy others are enjoying this, was worried when I went on and on at work and got the "You have two heads" look.

It's great for the whole family and hysterical. I think I'm in love with Mr. Matekoni (and his employees are a riotl).


Madamec8  (Level: 85.9 - Posts: 897)
Sun, 3rd May '09 9:33 PM

Kelly, J.L.B. is MINE !!!!

Lynnm  (Level: 238.4 - Posts: 2057)
Mon, 4th May '09 11:39 PM

Excuse me, it's Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, never just Mr. Matekoni! That's part of the charm of the series for me.

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