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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.

Comments

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.

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