Mma Precious Ramotswe finds herself alone in the world with enough money to be able to please herself and do what she wants and she wants to open a detective agency. She moves to the big city, Gaborone, rents an old post office and builds a community around her. She is a warm-hearted lady with a body to match and is proud of her size, describing herself as a lady with a traditional build. By the end of the first feature-length episode she has solved several cases and has received a proposal of marriage. It is based on the book of the same name, No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith.
Just like everyone else I’ve spoken to I absolutely adored the books. They breathed the Botswana I’d like to know. They were colourful and just oozed beauty. Jill Scott plays Mma Ramotswe in the series and does a very nice job, she has just the right amount of everything. The other actors also do a wonderful job. I haven’t checked, but one face I noticed that seemed familiar was in a crowd shot and it looked like the gentleman who played the lead in The Gods Must Be Crazy, I don’t want to check and see I was wrong and I don’t want to check and see they haven’t credited actors without lines, basically I just want to think I’m right.
The funeral scene was the most beautiful funeral I’ve ever seen. The singing was just lovely and I felt it would have helped the grieving process. If that’s the way they do funerals out there then I think we could learn from them. They couldn’t have done anything about the scenery, it was so beautifully fabulous.
The only thing I noticed that was wrong is that in the TV series Mma Ramotswe addresses Mr Matekoni as Mr Matekoni and in the book she’s always much more formal and calls him Mr J.L.B. Matekoni. It’s a little thing and I can’t wait until next week, we’ve only got 60 minutes for the second and subsequent episodes, I’m sure it’s not going to be long enough. I totally recommend you tune in next Sunday night at 8:30pm to Aunty ABC and watch the magic unfold.