DVD Review: THE NO. 1 LADIES DETECTIVE AGENCY R...

HBO/Warner Home EntertainmentRelease date: September 8, 2009MSRP: $59.99Based on the novel by Alexander McCall Smith , Agency stars Jill Scott as Precious Ramotswe, a young lady that decides, after leaving an abusine husband, to make some changes in her life. She opens a detective agency in the Botswana city of Gaborone. With her is Grace Makutsi (Anika Noni Rose) as her assistant. Together they plan to solve crimes and right wrongs in the male-dominated land of Africa.The show kind of reminds me of something that would have been on CBS in the late eighties and early nineties (Diagnosis Murder, Muder She Wrote). So it is a little strange to...

HBO orders a complete season of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.
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Mar10

HBO orders a complete season of The No. 1 Ladies&#...

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that HBO has ordered 13 episodes of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.The show is based on the bestselling novels by Alexander McCall Smith.The deal is actually a split between HBO and the BBC. HBO will get U.S. and Canadian television and home video rights, while the BBC has rights to the U.K.Oscar winner Anthony Minghella (Cold Mountain, The English Patient) shot a two-hour pilot based on a screenplay by Richard Curtis (Notting Hill, Bridget Jones’s Diary). The plan was for it to serve as a pilot, but no deals were actually made.For more on the pilot and cast, read our previous posts.

First photos from THE NO. 1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY online. Jan16

First photos from THE NO. 1 LADIES’ DETECTIV...

Blackfilm.com has a trio of photos from The N0. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.Also online is a clip from CNN talking about the filming of it. Blackfilm.com has posted the clip on their site as well.As I previously talked about, Oscar winner Anthony Mingella (The English Patient, Cold Mountain) is directing with a script from Oscar nominee Richard Curtis (Bridget Jones Diary, Four Weddings & a Funeral).Singer Jill Scott leads a very talented cast. Go here and here to read about the other cast members. They have some seriously skilled folks on board here, including a couple of Tony award-winners.Click here to look at the others...

Some fellas join the cast of No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. Jul05

Some fellas join the cast of No. 1 Ladies Detectiv...

As I reported a few days ago, the main two female roles, for N1LDA, have been cast.Now we have some fellas joining the cast.Idris Elba: This is the one that has me jacked. This is Stringer Bell from HBO’s The Wire. If you are not familiar with The Wire, order seasons one through three right now!You will thank me later.He recently appeared in 28 Days Later and Daddy’s Little Girls, and will next be seen with Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe in American Gangster.Colin Salmon: This british actor has appeared in many British crime shows including Prime Suspect, Lovejoy and Murder in Mind, and was regular on Keen Eddie (playing Supt....

Casting for The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. Jul01

Casting for The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency.

Last year, in my column in Crimespree magazine, I talked about the plans for a film or cable series based on Alexander McCall Smith’s The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency. Now there is finally some movement towards making it actually happen.Jill Scott has been signed to play Precious Ramotswe, , owner of the Botswana-based detective agency.Scott is a singer/songwriter. Her debut album, Who is Jill Scott? – Words and Sounds volume one, snagger her a Grammy Award. She has appeared on television (Girlfriends, Cavedweller) She will make her big screen debut (She appeared in Dave Chapelle’s Block Party…though as a performer) in...