No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency: TV Show Cancelled But May Return as Movies

No. 1 Ladies' Detective AgencyAt the TCA press tour, Michael Lombardo, HBO’s president of programming, spoke about the future of No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Though it won’t be continuing as a TV series, there are plans to continue the story in the form of two movies.

No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency ran for seven episodes on HBO, from March until May in 2009. The comedy-drama was filmed on location in Botswana and follows Mma Ramotswe as she operates a detective agency. The cast includes Jill Scott, Anika Noni Rose, Lucian Msamati, and Desmond Dube.

This weekend, Lombardo said, “We’re talking to our friends at the Weinstein Company about the possibility of, and actually developing two scripts, possibly to do two movies. And if we can get the cast together and if everything can come together we’ve love to do it. So it’s alive.”

If they get the final go-ahead, the two HBO movies would likely be shot back-to-back. It seems they won’t be filmed completely in Botswana however.

It was reported last month that the show’s producers had relocated from Botswana to Cape Town. The Botswana government, hard hit by the recession, balked at the idea of subsidizing film production while South Africa doubled their rebate offer.

If the movies are actually made, they’ll be filmed mostly in Cape Town with occasional lensing in Botswana, the locale where the story is set.

What do you think? Are you a fan of No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency? Would you like to see it return as a pair of movies?

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  1. sharon hall says

    The Ladies #1 Detective Agency I considered to be a “comfort” movie for me. It soothed my soul and gave me several giggles and tears. I would greatly appreciate more and more. Hurry up, I am in my 70’s and poor health, and I time is limited. Thanks for listening to me.

  2. Teri says

    Please, please bring this program back! It’s rare to see a program that isn’t full of obscenities and sex! I love this show!

  3. Maura Kenney says

    This is my second time watching season one, I had borrowed it from the library a while back. It’s so much fun, please expand into season two or a movie! Jill Scott is superb!!

  4. Leslie says

    I found it by accident and watched the first episode. I was hooked. The cast were all perfect for their believable roles. Please make the movies – I will not only watch but tell my friends how great the show is. Thank you.

    • Iola Key says

      I have read several comments regarding the amazing No 1 Ladies Detective HBO series. I thought the comment from Brenda made since. Why can’t Netflix or Hulu pick up this series. This should be at least 4 episodes w/13 series each, 2 movies would be nice but this must continued. If prison movies can flourish why not this empowering ,uplifting, & inspirational show flourish. What’s wrong with that picture. Whatever we need to do to bring it back needs to be done. Tell your friends & family to watch and comment.
      Thanks Iola

  5. Theresa says

    Just watched this wonderful series! Please bring back The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency! It is precious!

    • bren39 says

      Sadly the powers that be aren’t going to pay any attention to our pleas for a return to tv of this terrific show because so few people have asked for this to happen 502 comments just wont do it folks. We need thousands more before they start to pay attention, and I can’t see that happening now. Please prove me wrong!!

      • Brenda Flippen says

        OH I DEFINITELY AGREE!! This show is so different and it affects me differently than any I have watched. And I watch a LOT of tv. I wonder if Netflix or HULU has been approached to make more episodes. They have so great originals. This could fit right in. I love the character Jill Scott plays. I love her voice , her softness when she speaks, opposit of her secretary. Who I als I think is great ! She is a firecracker !! Please by some miracle bring this show back. I love the landscape of the country and the people there. It most likely will be my best chance of ever seeing Africa. I have alway wanted to see Africa and many other countries. But money And health prevents it. So I am happy to enjoy the far off landscapes from my TV. Which I am very greatful for. Thank you for giving me a voice. I really enjoy Jill Scott, there is just something soothing about her. Thanks ,Brenda

      • Bren39 says

        My name is also Brenda but am identified as bren39 in these comments. Just want to say I too agree with Brenda wholeheartedly despite the pessimistic comment I made earlier. Is there any way of knowing if the powers that be are actually paying attention to us? I still maintain there are too few of us to make them do so, but I’d love to be proved wrong. So maybe we should start by following Iola’s suggestion and get our friends and family to write in. After all, gotta start somewhere!

  6. Iola Key says

    I just started watching the HBO series No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. I wish HBO would pick up this series again to continue it. Jill Scott played an amazing role SHE learned the language, culture and accent. It showed us how beautiful Africa is, watching this series also encouraged women that we can do whatever we put our minds to. Finally a show that displays Mother Africa and its beauty. PLEASE HBO FIND A WAY TO BRING BACK THIS SERIES.

  7. Theresa Burge says


  8. Maria Mendoza-Bautista says

    I watched the entire season one on my HBO Go. I am hooked, I want more. The soul of the stories are vividly captured, gorgeous cinematography. Jill Scott and the man who plays her fiancé are incredible, their chemistry is tender, and real! Please bring another season back. I must now pick up the series on paperback.

  9. Sandra Wallace says

    yes, please bring on a second session or two movies, either format would be great. The books are very good (read them years ago and as they are printed) and the filmed version has been so interesting, love the Botswana location and actors. (Even those Americans!) So, my vote is YES, please!

  10. Stephanie Kruger says

    I just discovered ‘the no 1 ladies detective agency’ hbo series. It really is excellent. I devoured the book series after a visit to Southern Africa. The tv series feels authentic, it shows us that we’re all human beings with problems to be solved & figured out w a common sense twist. It really is great to see black people not portrayed as either media stars or criminals . I LOVE seeing the African continent as it actually is today. Hbo PLEASE try to figure out how to continue this project!!!

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