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. 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.

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  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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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