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BBC ONE Unplaced 2009

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Ep 1/6

New programme
Sunday 15 March
9.00-10.00pm BBC ONE
Mma Ramotswe (Jill Scott) is struggling for business as The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency returns
Mma Ramotswe (Jill Scott) is struggling for business as The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency returns

Jill Scott returns as Mma Ramotswe, Botswana's top lady detective, for more mystery-solving in a new, six-part series based on Alexander McCall-Smith's internationally best-selling novels. As the series begins, Mma Ramotswe is finding business a little slow. Together with her trusted secretary, Mma Makutsi, she takes matters into her own hands and produces some leaflets advertising her services, in the hope that it won't be long until the clients start flooding in.

The pair enlist the help of a young boy, Wellington, as their distributor and, while they wait for the influx of clients, Mma Ramotswe busies herself with a favour for her dear friend, mechanic JLB Matekoni. JLB's niece suspects the Nigerian dentist she works for, Dr Komoti, is having a mental breakdown. Some days he's a brilliant dentist and others he's terrible. Mma Ramotswe is forced to face her fears and book an appointment with the "definitely disturbed dentist".

Rra Banda's arrival at the agency later that day stirs up excitement, but it doesn't last long as his problem is only his wife's disappearing dog.

It's the case of Petal Siphambe and her missing husband, Peter, that finally gives Mma Ramotswe a mystery to get her teeth into. Peter has been missing for two weeks, after disappearing one Sunday, and Petal fears that her husband may have run off with another woman, instead of going to church. Mma Ramotswe suspects Petal may be right and takes on the case of the absconding apostolic.

Mma Ramotswe manages to track down Peter's church, and it seems she may have been too quick to judge him. The Pastor explains that, during a baptism at the river the previous week, Peter had been taken by the Lord, "body and soul".

Not convinced by his explanation, Mma Ramotswe is inspired when Rra Banda's disappearing dog reappears and an interesting turn in the case of the "definitely disturbed dentist" puts business back on track for The No. 1 Lady Detective.

Mma Ramotswe is played by Jill Scott, Mma Makutsi by Anika Noni Rose, JLB Matekoni by Lucian Msamati, BK by Desmond Dube, Dr Komoti by Nicholas Beveney, Rra Banda by Michael Mabizela and Petal Siphambe by Tsholofelo Mashishi.


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BBC TWO Unplaced 2009

Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle Ep 1/6

New programme
Monday 16 March
10.00-10.30pm BBC TWO

"What does it say about our culture that the word toilet can be appended to the word 'book' to form the compound word toilet book? Toilet seat, yes. Toilet paper, yes. Toilet duck – you can even have toilet duck. But toilet book – surely not?"

Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle marks the return to television of one of the finest stand-ups working in Britain today. Each of the six episodes sees Stewart exploring a different theme in a stand-up routine, illustrated with sketches featuring an ensemble cast.

In the first episode of this new series, Stewart looks at the phenomenon of toilet books. Where did they come from? And why? For some reason, someone, somewhere, thought history, fiction, poetry and the like weren't enough any more, and so they invented celebrity hardbacks, tragic lives and Dan Brown. Stewart takes a look at some of this new lavatory literature, including works by Asher D and Paddy McGinty's Goat, and finds out what would happen if Dan Brown got a job where he had to break bad news.

Starring alongside Stewart are: Tony Law, Tara Flynn, Paul Putner, Kevin Eldon, Miles Jupp, Simon Munnery, Job Angus and Michael Redmond. Peter Serafinowicz provides the voiceover.


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New programme
Friday 20 March
10.00-10.30pm BBC TWO (Schedule Addition 27 February)

Comedian, writer and author Dave Gorman hosts this new television incarnation of the cult BBC Radio 4 show, in which viewers submit their ideas to improve humankind and compete for "genius" status.

The ideas are invariably offbeat; those incredible concepts that strike just before falling into a nice sleep or after one-too-many drinks at the pub – but those that have a hint of genius about them.

In episode one, special guest Catherine Tate joins Dave to talk through, theorise and sometimes road test a series of ideas pitched to them by their creators. Some of the submissions include: coats with built-in hoods for your date; a bus with steering wheels for passengers, thereby enabling democratic journeys; and cold-air balloons for people who are scared of heights.

One of the inventors will be crowned winner and declared genius, taking home the Genius trophy – and an immense sense of self-fulfilment.


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