I watched the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency based on the novel by Alexander McCall Smith, and filmed on location in Botswana, on BBC1 last night.
I really enjoyed the charming humour, production and superb acting. The stars Jill Scott as Mma Ramotswe, Lucian Msamati as JLB Matekoni, Anika Noni Rose as Mma Makutsi were all memorable and the shots of the Botswana countryside were very impressive.
I have not read the the books and would be interested to know from someone who has if they enjoyed the film, and if the production was faithful to the novel.
We are promised a complete series next year, although the director Anthony Minghella died recently, and I do hope his high standards are maintained.
I shall certainly be watching.
As an interesting side note Idris Elba appeared in a cameo role as local criminal boss Charlie Gotso. Idris is in danger of being typecast as a villain because of course he starred in HBO's brilliant The Wire as Russell "Stringer"Bell, the brains behind the Barksdale drug dealing organisation.
Idris Elba does have a one major advantage in playing the part of a ruthless criminal mastermind having been born in Hackney, East London.