The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, by Alexander
McCall Smith (R4, 1415, 4 episodes, beginning 10
Sept 04) was in an unexpected style, slightly
reminiscent of "Ballylenon" by Christopher Fitzsimon.
A lovely serial, dramatised by the author from his
novel, set in Botswana. Precious Ramotswe, an
independent lady, has been left some money on
the demise of her father, and she sets up as a
detective. She has commonsense, an innate
understanding of human nature, but no clients.
In the first episode, there is some scene-setting;
she is joined by a clever girl from secretarial
college, and finally gets some work. Her first
job is to check the bona fides of a man who has
appeared from nowhere claiming to be a girl's
father. But a darker case is hinted at for episode
2; a man has lost his little boy, and there are
hints that a witch-doctor may be involved .
Claire Benedict plays the detective, and she is
helped by Happy (Gbemisola Ikumelo) and Mr.
Maketoni (Joseph Marcell). The director was Gaynor
MacFarlane. (ND, VRPCC newsletter, 17 Sep 04)
Nigel Deacon / Diversity website
Asterisked plays known to exist in VRPCC collections
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