About the Show
The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency returned to BBC One for a new six-part 60-minute series in Spring 2009.
Following the 2008 film based on Alexander McCall Smith's novel, the first series takes us back to Botswana and to the narrative's main character Mma Ramotswe (Jill Scott) who runs Garbone's only lady detective agency.
With Mma Ramotswe's infamous quick wittedness and infallible instincts, the audience are once again embroiled in the murky world of scandals, misdeeds and skulduggery that come to pass for life in Botswana, South Africa.
The new series begins with the agency facing financial problems. In addition, poisoning, disappearances, accidental deaths and a rival detective agency to contend with - life it seems is never dull in the world of the private detective.
The drama sees the return of a number of familiar faces through two-time Grammy award winner Jill Scott who plays the resolute Mma Ramotswe, with help from her loyal secretary Mma Makutsi (Anika Noni Rose), her irrepressible hairdressing neighbour, BK (Desmond Dube) and her trusted friend JLB Matekoni (Lucian Msamati) who is yearning for more than just friendship.
New to the cast is British actor Paterson Joseph (Survivors) who plays the silky-smooth Cephas Buthelezi who sets up a rival detective agency.
What started life as a short story, Alexander McCall Smith's The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency is a heart-warming tale of humour, mystery and vitality woven into the fabric of Southern African society and is a fantastic vision and wonderful legacy to the late Academy Award-winning director, Anthony Minghella (The Talented Mr Ripley, The English Patient).
The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency is a collaboration of the BBC, HBO Entertainment and The Weinstein Company in association with Mirage Enterprises and Cinechicks.
View exclusive photos of the cast and crew in vibrant Botswana.