No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency: BBC Radio Casebook

  • by Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by Claire Benedict, full cast
  • 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

Alexander McCall Smith's hugely popular novels featuring Precious Ramotswe, proprietor of Botswana's only female private detective agency, have become international best-sellers. These acclaimed productions, complete with vibrant music, bring the exotic world of the books to life.
In these eight episodes, Mma Ramotswe takes on her first case - and a new secretary; tries to solve a bone mystery; tackles a domestic drama and a doctor's erratic behaviour; and investigates the case of a missing American. In addition, she is hired by a beauty contest judge to check the integrity of the finalists; looks for two women wronged by her client, Mr Molefelo; learns of a rival detective agency; and is commissioned by a physiotherapist to find out what her errant husband is up to. The stories included are: The Daddy; The Bone; The Maid; Tears of the Giraffe; The Chief Justice of Beauty; The Confession; The Kalahari Typing School for Men and The Admirer.
Claire Benedict stars as Mma Ramotswe, with Nadine Marshall as Mma Makutsi and Joseph Marcell as Mr JLB Matekoni.

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What the Critics Say

“Opening with the joyous strains of Botswana children singing, this production never ceases to sound high-spirited and joyful.[…] Whether Mma Ramotswe is tracking down lost relations, debunking a local witch doctor, or teaching typing to fumble-fingered men (one of the silliest sound effects ever created for radio), these programs subtly introduce the listener to Botswana's culture while creating bright, unforgettable characters. Touching, rhythmic, and laugh-out-loud hilarious, these world-renowned stories are sure to delight listeners of all ages.” – (AudioFile Magazine)
"Must-listen...beautifully cast, precisely timed, simply wonderful." (Daily Telegraph)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Love the simplicity of the stories.

Love the philosophy of simple life, very clever wise characters and loads of kindness. Excellent.
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- Lina

Great performances by the actors, scripts so-so


Previously these stories were available in four separate releases, volumes 1-4:

1. The Daddy
2. The Bone
3. The Maid
4. Tears of the Giraffe
5. The Chief Justice of Beauty
6. The Confession
7. The Kalahari Typing School for Men
8. The Admirer

Whilst the script is basic and slow, a la Janet and John, and many phrases are routinely reused: Bush tea, 97%, traditionally shaped, it is actors that make this audio-drama enjoyable. Told with such warmth, this a friendly, comfortable and easy listen.

And a quick look at Wikipedia states there are 33 No.1 Ladies Detective agency stories, so hopefully we’ll see some more No.1 Ladies casebooks added to Audible in the near future.
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- Nigel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-07-2017
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Ltd.