The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

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Over my holiday break I got into The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. I'd heard of it before but because I don't have HBO, I never got a chance to luv it like everyone else. My parents have the whole first season DVD set, I indulged in them while home visiting and now I'm hooked! Jill Scott's a great actress. She plays a detective named Precious. The show is set and filmed in Botswana. It's really inspiring too b/c she a woman who starts her own business doing what she feels passionate about: helping people and upholding justice in most of her cases. She's so good with the accent and mannerisms and such that my mother's Ugandan friend just KNEW she wasn't American. We had refute her profusely and let her know that Jill Scott is a Black American from Philly. Lol.

I also couldn't help but fall in pure adoration of Jill's wardrobe in the episodes. And seeing that gorgeous fro had me wanting to wear mine out with a cute head band too. In the spring time, Milan....... Check out this show if you haven't already. It's also interesting to see how Westernized areas of African countries have become and how that the word "fat" doesn't seem hurtful; it just is what it is. I luv'd when Jill's character said to someone regarding her size, "I am of traditional build." Go girl; right you are.

Check out the show and be inspired by the music, colors, Jill's hair and her earrings and pretty Ankara fabric for her dresses and head bands. Anika Noni Rose plays her part well, too, as Jill's character's skittish and rather uptight but genuine and dedicated secretary. 97%! You'll know what the sentence before means if you watch the series. Hehe.

Comments

Bryttani said…
I used to love this show! I was very sad that HBO did not decide to renew the show- I thought Jill and Anika did fantastic jobs portraying their characters! There was a great cliff hanger at the end of the season, and I wanted to know SO BAD what happened next!!

I believe Jill was pregnant with her son during the taping of the show, hence some of the clothing types- but I boldly admired the patterns and loved the fact that she rocked her fro!! I wear a lot of headbands, and they are super easy to make- you can simply go to your neighborhood fabric store and get left overs (sometimes for free, and sometimes for like a dollar). Take the left overs, and hot glue them to an old headband. And what I like to do is leave the ends of the material out on each side of the headband to use as ties. I often don't wear traditional headbands because they don't stay down, I like them to fit very snug. Nonetheless, thank you for posting this!!!! I hope you finish the series.... it was SO good!
A Simple Thing said…
It's an entire series over in the US? That's not fair! We only got one episode over here - I think it was like a short film on TV or something.
Anonymous said…
My whole family was hooked on this when it was tv here in the UK..it came on sunday nights and we wud all be sitted ready to watch it.. 97%! hehe Anika noni Rose was just amazing in it ah luv her and so was Miss Jill Scott. Great tv Show!! i don't think its coming back though sob sob
Christielove said…
I hate the fact that when I don't watch TV which leaves room for me to miss out on great shows like this. I love me some Jill Scott. Thanks for sharing I may be the only one that's never heard of this show. But now I know and I won't forget.
Leslie said…
I've always wanted to check out this series. I wonder if the library has it!
Anonymous said…
Yeah I so wish they'd bring this series back!!! Loves it!!
Jc said…
lol @ 97%

I love love love this series. I loved Jill's accent too and Anika was on fire!

The stories were fantastic and the mingling of traditional and modern were reflective of 'real Africa'

The series was criticised for not having Africans as lead characters. In my opinion however the casting director picked the right actors and they were diligent in their roles.
Milan said…
I so hope someone else will pick up the series. It's a good show! @Jc, yeah I figured it would get some backlash for that but like you, the director picked the best people for the roles. The cast rocks!

I should've stolen the box set from my parents. lol I will see how much it's going for on eBay and Amazon or if the library has them.
Anonymous said…
I loved this series! I *think* there's a book series also.
BB The # 1LDA said…
Hello. The show is coming back, but in the form of movies and not as a series. HBO president Michael Lombardo said during TCA Press tour they are working with the Weinstein Company about the possiblity of doing two movies.He said that if they can get the cast togethter and if everything can come together they would love to do it. The spirit of The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency is still alive. We have been working hard to make sure HBO continues to not forget about the show. Please join us on facebook if you can and please do join the HBO official page they monitor it. Thanks.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Back-The-No1-Ladies-Detective-Agency-for-Season-2/309855297389

HBO official site to
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/no1ladiesdetectiveagency
kisha said…
yes its definitely a great show and i was actually upset cuz i wanted moooore more more since the last episode. unfortunately, we couldnt get a 2nd season becuz the creator/writer of the series died, so unless someone new steps up to the plate...all were left wit is what IF's :(

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