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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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gloria April 11, 2014 at 5:21 pm

I just found on demand. Wonderful show. Sad it was cancled


vicky wolfe April 3, 2014 at 3:00 pm

I absolutely loved this series. I hope it can be revived. I would prefer as a series and not a movie. It flowed exactly like the books.


Randy March 21, 2014 at 11:03 am

My wife and I have enjoyed these books for many years, and were delighted to recently discover the HBO/BBC episodes. They are simply wonderful! Please pick up this project again, and make a second season! There MUST be more.


Carney March 9, 2014 at 7:53 pm

I have never understood why this show was cancelled so soon. Does anyone know the reason? Personally I thought it was very well made, cast was excellent, and of course the stories were charming. I suppose it has to do with low ratings, which could be interpreted as not making enough money – or am I just being cynical?


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