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. claire d. says

    why would this show be cancelled? it’s every bit as good as Downton Abbey!(which is wonderful) Please please please make more shows and/or movies. I know many people who love this series.

  2. Riley Trumbull says

    I realize I am coming late to this website, but I have only just discovered the DVD of season 1. I have loved the books and with hesitation decided to check out the tv series. It is magnificent! I have never seen a TV adaptation of a wonderful book that so completely realized my own image of the characters, the places which reading had shaped in my own mind. Every one in this series is perfect, the editing and few changes to the stories are respectful and sensitive and Oh My Gosh how thrilling to see this powerful and inspiring cast!! Top to bottom. The author must be thrilled. I am thrilled. My 90 year old mother is thrilled…. and then I learn there is no season2…!!! Please please please bring it back. There is no equal for demonstrating the warm human bond which crosses race, gender, borders and continents!!!!

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