Skip to main content

Talk Back: HBO's "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency"

"Dumela, Mma."

You've read my advance review of the first few episodes of HBO's joyous and addictive new mystery series, No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, based on the best-selling novels of Alexander McCall Smith, and heard what series star Jill Scott and executive producer/co-writer Richard Curtis had to say about the production.

But, now that the two-hour pilot has aired, I'm curious to see what you thought of the HBO/BBC co-production. Did you fall in love with Scott's intrepid investigator Precious Ramotswe as much as I did? Did you fall under the beautiful charms of the Bostwana setting and want to set out on a safari as soon as possible? Did you dig the unusual uplifting energy that the series projects? Were you absolutely terrified by Idris Elba's turn as Charlie Kgotso? And captivated by the work relationship between Precious and Grace Makutsi (Anika Noni Rose)? And, most importantly, will you be watching again next week?

Talk back here.

Next week on No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency ("The Big Bonanza"), Precious Ramotswe is still putting herself out there as the sole investigator at The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency but business is floundering financially; Makutsi creates a flier to drum up business and Precious finds herself investigating a disturbed dentist, a missing dog and a missing husband.


Maggie said…
Loved it! Everything about the premiere was fantastic and I can't wait for next Sunday night for more Precious & Grace. Made me want to read the books!
Hadley said…
The pilot was beautifully done and I am really looking forward to seeing more episodes. The performances were excellent and it was filmed like a feature film, perfectly capturing the beauty of Botswana.

It was nice to watch something that was positive and joyful with characters who embrace life!
Melissa said…
I am head over heels in love.
Anonymous said…
Love, love, loved it. Every single min was beautiful and amazing. Glad that you told me to watch this. I wasn't disappointed and I will be watching next and every week.
Anonymous said…
As a black man it is not often that you to see well-written television with fully-rounded characters like the ones in The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency. I've seen many a critic go "It's great, but too much like Murder She Wrote!". I don't see how Murder, She Wrote could ever but the same as this series.

I hope like hell the BBC doesnt jettson this series.
Anonymous said…
so wonderful to see these beloved characters depicted with such beauty on the show. I have been a fan of the series of books for a while, and am so thrilled that it is now on hbo. The sublime gentleness of the books has been captured magnicently - please let's keep this on for as long as possible!
Linda said…
Loved it and hope it becomes a regular series for BBC or HBO.
Anonymous said…
I think this television programme is so refreshingly beautiful that it comes across as a sweet summer breeze on a humid day. I love the characters, the scenery, the plot, and the dialogue. I feel happy to be alive whenever I watch it..such a difference to the All American saturation of money, sex, and utter mindlessness television.

Popular posts from this blog

Katie Lee Packs Her Knives: Breaking News from Bravo's "Top Chef"

The android has left the building. Or the test kitchen, anyway. Top Chef 's robotic host Katie Lee Joel, the veritable "Uptown Girl" herself (pictured at left), will NOT be sticking around for a second course of Bravo's hit culinary competition. According to a well-placed insider, Joel will "not be returning" to the show. No reason for her departure was cited. Unfortunately, the perfect replacement for Joel, Top Chef judge and professional chef Tom Colicchio, will not be taking over as the reality series' host (damn!). Instead, the show's producers are currently scouring to find a replacement for Joel. Top Chef 's second season was announced by Bravo last month, but no return date has been set for the series' ten-episode sophomore season. Stay tuned as this story develops. UPDATE (6/27): Bravo has now confirmed the above story .

BuzzFeed: Meet The TV Successor To "Serial"

HBO's stranger-than-fiction true crime documentary The Jinx   — about real estate heir Robert Durst — brings the chills and thrills missing since Serial   wrapped up its first season. Serial   obsessives: HBO's latest documentary series is exactly what you've been waiting for.   The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst , like Sarah Koenig's beloved podcast, sifts through old documents, finds new leads from fresh interviews, and seeks to determine just what happened on a fateful day in which the most foul murder was committed. And, also like  Serial  before it,  The Jinx may also hold no ultimate answer to innocence or guilt. But that seems almost beside the point; such investigations often remain murky and unclear, and guilt is not so easy a thing to be judged. Instead, this upcoming six-part tantalizing murder mystery, from director Andrew Jarecki ( Capturing the Friedmans ), is a gripping true crime story that unfolds with all of the speed of a page-turner; it

BuzzFeed: "The Good Wife Is The Best Show On Television Right Now"

The CBS legal drama, now in its sixth season, continually shakes up its narrative foundations and proves itself fearless in the process. Spoilers ahead, if you’re not up to date on the show. At BuzzFeed, you can read my latest feature, " The Good Wife Is The Best Show On Television Right Now," in which I praise CBS' The Good Wife and, well, hail it as the best show currently on television. (Yes, you read that right.) There is no need to be delicate here: If you’re not watching The Good Wife, you are missing out on the best show on television. I won’t qualify that statement in the least — I’m not talking about the best show currently airing on broadcast television or outside of cable or on premium or however you want to sandbox this remarkable show. No, the legal drama is the best thing currently airing on any channel on television. That The Good Wife is this perfect in its sixth season is reason to truly celebrate. Few shows embrace complexity and risk-taking in t