Thursday, March 27, 2008

The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency Lives Up to its Name

The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency Lives Up to its Name
(photo credit: Keith Bernstein)

The BBC debut of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency took the #1 slot in viewership in the UK, with 6.3 million viewers, nearly twice the audience of its closest rival.

The story centers around the adventures of Precious Ramotswe, the proprietor of a female owned detective agency. Precious investigates cases and helps people solve problems while juggling a blossoming love life of her own.

The series was one of director, Anthony Minghella's, last projects before his untimely passing last week and though some may have questioned casting singer Jill Scott as the African lead, Minghella was mesmerized by her: "She was the one person out of everyone we auditioned who had this majesty and enormous soul."

We can't wait for this one to premiere on HBO...which means adding the channel to our already ginormous cable bill. Ouch!

This is a must-see for fans of Valerie Wilson Wesley's Tamara Hayle books and anything with Idris Elba gets a thumbs up from us.

We'll be keeping the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency under close watch. Over and out.


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14 comments:

May said...

At least you have cable! I don't even have it. I have to watch stuff at my freinds houses. So I'm gonna be looking out for this on they couch lol.

NSM said...

I just stumbled on this gem of a site last week and I am in awe. I loveeeeeee it! A friend of mine tried to get me to read the series years ago and I just never got around to it. I guess I have a reason to read now.

Anonymous said...

I just saw this on the BBC this week - it was fantastic! Being a British-Motswana, who was not much of a fan of the books, (though I am a fan of Anthony Minghella and Jill Scott) it definitely surpassed my expectations! Beautiful photography and pretty great acting - you should ABSOLUTELY try to catch it when they screen it stateside!

Sydneigh said...

I CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS TO COME ON HBO!!! I know Jill Scott had something that went above and beyond the stage. Go Jill!

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Danielle said...

I read the books and loved them. I'll make it my business to get HBO (I have basic cable) so I can check this series out.

Regina said...

I may have to check this out...

Eb the Celeb said...

That pic makes Idris look so old... he's still my boo though... but dang!

nana said...

I watched this some time last month...and I have to say it was a refreshing potrayal of africa from the ones we used to...the movie was GREAT, the lighting was good as well, the people(esp. the women) looked stunning and there were no signs of poverty anywhere...I didnt know this was a book as well? I just happened to stubble on the movie on BBC while flicking through the channels! :-)

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