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Based on the best-selling novels by Alexander McCall Smith, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency chronicles the adventures of Precious Ramotswe (Jill Scott), the cheerful, eminently sensible proprietor of Botswana's first and only female-owned detective agency. Aided by her highly efficient yet rather peculiar secretary Grace Makutsi (Anika Noni Rose), Mma Ramotswe investigates a variety of cases, helping townspeople solve mysteries in their lives, and begins a special friendship with a respectable garage owner ...
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Overview

Based on the best-selling novels by Alexander McCall Smith, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency chronicles the adventures of Precious Ramotswe (Jill Scott), the cheerful, eminently sensible proprietor of Botswana's first and only female-owned detective agency. Aided by her highly efficient yet rather peculiar secretary Grace Makutsi (Anika Noni Rose), Mma Ramotswe investigates a variety of cases, helping townspeople solve mysteries in their lives, and begins a special friendship with a respectable garage owner (Lucian Msamati) along the way.
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Special Features

Botswana; Anthony Minghella's No. 1 Film; The Beat of Botswana; The Making of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency; The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency: Author's Diary; ; Closed Caption
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/8/2009
  • UPC: 883929076666
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  • Source: Hbo Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 7:31:00
  • Format: DVD

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
1. A Sense of Justice [17:46]
2. Ladies, Apostrophe [12:45]
3. The First Case [22:15]
4. He Never Came Home [15:02]
5. Every Unch, Every int [14:42]
6. Parts of Children [6:30]
1. Making Our Ancestor's Proud [17:46]
2. Big Concerns [12:45]
3. Senior Secretary [22:15]
4. The Bishop [15:02]
5. Like Mrs. Marple [14:42]
6. Look Menacing [6:30]
1. Pilot [8:31]
2. The Big Bonanza [10:30]
Disc #2 -- The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency
1. No Apparent Cause [9:37]
2. Just Look Around [8:17]
3. A Fragile Ship [8:44]
4. Family Matter [12:58]
5. A More Serious Intention [8:15]
6. Just Stay [7:40]
1. Lost Boys [9:37]
2. African Studies [8:17]
3. Young in Africa [8:44]
4. The African Heart [12:58]
5. Betrayal [8:15]
6. Where There Are No Tears [7:40]
1. Imminent [9:37]
2. Drive to Succeed [8:17]
3. Case Number One [8:44]
4. Awkward Aspects [12:58]
5. Left in Shock [8:15]
6. Tell Me [7:40]
3. Poison [8:44]
4. The Boy with an African Heart [12:58]
5. Problems in Moral Philosophy [8:15]
Disc #3 -- The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
1. The Rival [7:34]
2. Two Hundred Percent Spotless [10:44]
3. Do or Die [8:18]
4. Perils of the Riverbank [10:36]
5. A Boy Called Jack [8:46]
6. Bigger Fish to Fry [9:50]
1. Otherwise Engaged [7:34]
2. All Mistakes Are Washed Away [10:44]
3. A Talent for Introductions [8:18]
4. Not Afraid [10:36]
5. Can Do Man [8:46]
6. The Finest in All Botswana [9:50]
6. Beauty and Integrity [9:50]
7. A Real Botswana Diamond [:36]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
   Episodes
      Episode 1: Pilot
         Author's Diary
         Scene Selection
         Play Episode
         Episode Index
         Next On
      Episode 2: The Big Bonanza
         Author's Diary
            Continue
         Selection Selection
         Play Episode
         Previously On
         Episode Index
         Next On
   Languages
      Audio
         English 5.1
         Spanish 2.0
      Subtitles
         English
         French
         Spanish
         Subtitles: None
   Features
      Series Index
            Play Episode
            Play Episode
         Poison
         The Boy with an African Heart
         Problems in Moral Philosophy
         Beauty and Integrity
         A Real Botswana Diamond
      For More Special Features insert Disc 3
Disc #2 -- The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency
   Episodes
      Episode 3: Poison
         Author's Diary
            Continue
         Scene Selection
         Play Episode
         Episode Index
         Previously On
         Next On
      Episode 4: The Boy with an African Heart
         Author's Diary
            Continue
         Scene Selection
         Play Episode
         Episode Index
         Previously On
         Next On
      Episode 5: Problems in Moral Philosophy
         Author's Diary
            Continue
         Scene Selection
         Play Episode
         Episode Index
         Previously On
         Next On
   Languages
      Audio
         English 5.1
         Spanish 2.0
      Subtitles
         English
         French
         Spanish
         Subtitles: None
   Features
      Series Index
         Pilot
         The Big Bonanza
            Play Episode
            Play Episode
            Play Episode
         Beauty and Integrity
         A Real Botswana Diamond
Disc #3 -- The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
   Episodes
      Episode 6: Beauty and Integrity
         Author's Diary
            Continue
         Scene Selection
         Play Episode
         Episode Index
         Previously On
         Next On
      Episode 7: A Real Botswana Diamond
         Author's Diary
            Continue
         Scene Selection
         Play Episode
         Episode Index
         Previously On
   Languages
      Audio
         English 5.1
         Spanish 2.0
      Subtitles
         English
         French
         Spanish
         Subtitles: On
   Features
      Anthony Minghella's No. 1 Film
      Botswana: The Gem Of Africa
      The Making Of No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
      The Beat of Botswana
      Series Index
         Pilot
         The Big Bonanza
         Poison
         The Boy with an African Heart
         Problems in Moral Philosophy
            Play Episode
            Play Episode
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    All that I hoped it would be

    I have read all of the No 1 ladies detective agency series, so I was looking forward to the boxed set coming out as I do not have HBO It did not disappoint. the characters are very true to the book. I didn't even mind them adding the hair dresser. Enjoyed the extra features and interviews with Alexander McCall Smith. I lived in South Africa for about a year in the late '70s Just a very good well done series

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency

    I was so pleased to find this video series was as pleasing as the books they were taken from. The acting is so believable. Everyone I've given this set as a gift have been delighted.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    True to Culture!

    While my husband and I were living in the Limpopo Province of South Africa as Peace Corps Volunteers, family was sending us the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency books to read since they were set just across the border from our village. I read only one book before I deemed them boring and too slow paced, but my husband trudged through maybe 3 of them. Arriving back in the States in 2009, we stumbled across this HBO series and LOVED it! I can honestly say that for once in my life, I enjoyed the movies more than the books. It was completely true to the culture (other than the addition of trying to address some modern issues that cause shame in Southern Africa such as HIV and Gay people. This would not be seen so openly in a small town in Southern Africa). We were captivated by the story line and the characters did a fantastic job of mimicking how women would act in Botswana. I have since bought several sets of this series to send to family and even friends who live in the villages of South Africa.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Nearly Perfect

    For those who have read and enjoyed the books by Alexander McCall Smith, or for those who are new to the world of Ma Ramotswe and the Botswana she loves, this series from HBO and the BBC will be a delight. Filmed in Botswana, with many local actors, I loved every episode of the series when it was shown on HBO and I knew I would have to own a copy of the DVD. My only criticism is that the series is too short, with a two hour pilot, and then six hour long episodes. (Many fans are anxiously hoping for HBO to show a second season.)

    Jill Scott is a revelation as Ma Ramotswe, and the supporting cast is equally good. The stories are not told in exactly the order of the books, and a new character has been added, but the feel of the books has been captured remarkably well, and the filming is gorgeous. This is the best portrayal of ordinary life in southern Africa that I have ever seen. And the music is also excellent!

    If you weren't lucky enough to catch the series on HBO, I highly recommend the DVD set.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Fabulous HBO Series

    Although I do not watch too much TV, I find the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Season 1 quite entertaining and enjoyable. Jill Scott, Anika Noni Rose and Lucian Msamati are very talented. Jill Scott (Precious) was so brilliant, playing the part of the detective and taking on the challenges of the cases that were brought to her. Anika (Grace), as the 93% efficient secretary, performed very well - so meticulous and focused in her work as a secretary and later as an assistant investigator. Lucian Msamati, as the mechanic, was such a sweet gentleman and right from the get go, I knew he wanted more than friendship from Precious. The episodes were so poignant and touching - I laughed some and cried some. Even the sceneries were beautiful. I love this series and I can hardly wait for Season 2.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good Script, Great Characters and Actors

    I actually bought this series as a present for my wife. I had heard some of the story line before as she borrowed the audios from the library, and listened to them as she prepared meals. I sat down the first night to watch the pilot of the series and watched them each night they were on. I loved the characters, (thanks to the author of the book) and the actors were well cast and believable. I found this set of dvds to be excellent entertainment. I liked all the characters but was especially amused by the secretary, Grace Makutsi. Also a nice message of friendship and integrity is present in the garage owner, Lucian Msamati. Buy it, you'll love it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Do not miss this series!

    I had never read any of the books prior to starting to watch this series. now I am in the middle of the books, loving them and throughly enjoying the visual images that this series gave me of the characters, the location and hearing the accents, the words.
    I typically am disappointed by movies/series derived from books. Not this one.
    First of all, the series is entertaining. secondly, it inspires me. I have always wanted to go to see animals in Africa - now I want to go to Botswana to see the people. what a positive, gentle way of life!
    there are lessons to learn, people to love and a whole country to fall in love with!

    The acting is amazing. The cinematography is perfect.

    Trust me - I have bought these DVDs for 2 friends - it is WELL worthe the investment. Then get the books!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    True African lifestyle

    After having read all the LADIES #1 DETECTIVE AGENCY books I found these DVDs to keep pretty much to the story. The scenery is gorgeous, and having been to Botswana I could find myself caught up with countryside and friendly personalities of the characters. Jill Scott makes a wonderful Precious, and ANika Noni Rose is a believeable and endearing secretary. Besides being an engaging series of books, the DVD's are well worth the cost and viewing. Hopefully Season 1 will be followed by a season 2.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    No. 1 Ladies' Fetective Agency

    This series is fantastic! It's both informative and entertaining. I watched it with my mother (who doesn't typically watch movies) on Valentine's day and she thoroughly enjoyed it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Delightful!

    I bought this for a gift for my 79 year old mother. She has read the books and found the DVDs of the series just delightful. The characters in the books are every bit as engaging as on the HBO series. The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency gets a 97 score from my mother!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome series!

    Is there a second season? We all love this first season! It is a perfect alignment with the books, beautifully done. Highly recommended!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    #1 Ladies Detective Series

    Have read all the books in the series and was curious to see who was cast in the series. I think their choice of the main characters was spot on.
    I hope they can continue another season-enjoyed it so much!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Excellent screen adaptation from the books

    Phenomenal retelling of the books on screen. Jill Scott was born to play Precious. Hoping there will be more seasons to come! Please don't let it end here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT DETECTIVE STORY WITH A SENSE OF HUMOR

    Hi,
    I purchase "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" because I saw the whole story on HBO.Each week I looked forward to the next episode. And I hope they are able to produce more episodes in the future. I know its a strain on the actors who may not live in Africa. I just loved the series.

    Every episode was so interesting with a built in sense of humor and with great seriousness. The background scenes of the country are beautiful and the way the people speak and interact with one another. Each case was very interesting and the way they get solved is amusing.

    I highly recommend it to everyone and every age. You will laugh and be amused at every episode. Sincerely, MLSJazzi

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    This is a fun one!

    I watched this during its showing on HBO and loved it. I bought it for Christmas for my mother who is 80 because she loves characters. I was so right as she adored it. The little secretary is so cute and her character is not one-dimensional. The actors on the show should get awards for their work...as well as the casting director! I heartily recommend it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Delightful

    I had read the books and was afraid that the DVD's would not measure up. They were wonderful. The actors were all so right for the parts. This is a thouroughly enjoyable series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Charming, smart & funny. The No. 1 Ladies Detective HBO Series is better than the book, which says something, because the books were terrific.

    Precious comes to life in this made for television series. Colorful Bostswana, colorful characters, with compelling mystery stories. This series is fine for the whole family to watch. I highly recommend Season One, which is the only season so far. Hopefully, there will be others.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Clever, Uplifting, Beautiful new show!

    Congratulations, HBO, you've hit another one out of the park!

    The books that this show is based on, an eponymous series by Alexander Smith McCall, have been well represented in this brilliant, funny, poignant show. Jill Scott is unforgettable as Precious Ramotswe, Anika Noni Rose is perfect as Grace Makutsi, and the supporting cast is charming. The stories are engaging, and the scenery of Botswana makes me want to book a flight to Africa tomorrow!

    This is a must see, and the books are must reads! I highly recommend them all!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency - Season 1

    This set of season 1 is great for people who love mystery and shocking twists in a small town city in Africa. The characters are warm hearted and work there way up the ladder in the first town ladies Detective agency. The summary is that a young African woman's father dies and leaves a ton of cattle to her. She immediately sells the cattle and uses the profits, wits, charm, and survival skills her dad taught her to open up a detective agency. She hires a witty secretary and the town has many adventures and mystery's together, for a very fun and entertaining first season set.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not quite as good as the books -- but fun

    As per usual with movies, a few unnecessary characters and stock situations have been added, but most of the delightful flavor of the books has been maintained. I'd buy the second season if it were available.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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