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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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lorrysullivan September 13, 2012 at 6:14 pm

My husband and I loved this series! I’ve been waiting for the next season to start, but will gladly settle for a couple of movies instead. Please bring them on!


sofia rajab August 28, 2012 at 6:30 pm

I really do need to know what happened next , it is avery intresting story. please
do come back am sure we are many waiting so who ever has to do something please do it
if you are able.thank you all


D. B. W. August 19, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Wow!!! Me and my teenaged daughter Absolutely fell in love with this series, the cast and the Beautiful landscape and character of Botswana. We have held out hope about the buzz that the series would continue. Now hearing that a two movie deal could be the compromise. We are just ready for a return of our No. 1 Ladies detective and would gladly welcome such a comeback. Until then….its family style – marathon watching of Season 1!

P.S. We want to see our Favorite detective marry the “Kind” man!


Nancy July 25, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Love all the books, the series was fantastic. I have to wonder if it was just too tame for HBO. Would love to see more.


shelley warren July 18, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Was completely heart broken that the show was cancelled. I had several ladies over to watch the series… It became our event! All ladies of all ages and backgrounds. We all love the books and would love anything you can bring. I loved that this was a show my mother, grandmother, sister and daughter could watch without any offense…. Just LOVE


Hylie Voss July 18, 2012 at 4:45 am

heartbroken that this is was cancelled! I rarely watch TV, but this was heartwarming, lovely glimpse into an Africa both ancient and modern, all at once. I am so attached to the characters!


dave kempf July 3, 2012 at 5:33 pm

love the books and love this series. My wife appreciates the series even more. Yes go forth with the movies.


Lucy Klotz June 22, 2012 at 8:47 pm

What a fabulous series. Please , please film more episodes!


Meka May 29, 2012 at 11:55 am

Love the series, unfortunate that it was canceled..


Annie Roberts May 10, 2012 at 10:51 am

The tv series captures the essence of the African simplicity so well, and it is it a delight to watch. The books were such a refreshing change to so much in the modern world. Having been born and bred in Africa, and now living far away, the familiar sights and sounds brought back feelings of my youth. A sensitively and carefully made series.


Teri Dillon May 5, 2012 at 4:26 pm

It is so rare to have a series this well done. I would love to see more episodes. The cast is wonderful….they match the characters in the book very well. Please have a season 2…and then 3!


Terje Ness April 30, 2012 at 9:40 pm

The series was refreshing! Please make more episodes!


Heidi Ness April 30, 2012 at 9:34 pm

I bought the series.
I love the characters in the movie and have read all the books.
So disappointed that this ended on HBO. Please we need more hopeful and
grounded films and series in our disconnected world.
Yes I would hope that these movies will be made.
This is story that has so much value for all modern cultures.


Yesim April 30, 2012 at 1:41 pm

I knew of the books but didn’t read them. However, when I saw the complete set at our public library, I decided to borrow the first one. Well, we were hooked so borrowed the other two. I am surprised to learn that HBO cancelled the show, wish they continued…


Alice Lorang April 27, 2012 at 1:11 pm

I have read all but “The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection” and have purchased the video containing the first 3 discs. Wonderful stories, marvelous cast….please film all of the books…with the same wonderful cast, of course.


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