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Anyone Watching No 1 Ladies Detective Agency?

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by speedcouch, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    As people mention above, I wonder how much of the actual country's character the series captures. I like to think, it's accurate. :)
     
  2. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

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    Really enjoyed this series. Never heard much buzz about it at the time. Wasn't following the TV industry like I do now, so I have no idea why it wasn't renewed. Curious.
     
  3. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    Just finished the first series--alas, no others there to continue spinning the tale out from the books (some of which is hinted at). :( Enjoyed it greatly, having forgotten much from a first viewing years ago.

    A curiosity: Mma Ramotswe (the lead character) drives a small, white truck, identified on the tailgate as an "ATSUN". I assume that that is a Datsun, with the "D" whited-out--one can even see the space for the "D". I wonder why that was done--perhaps Datsun had been approached for a sponsorship of the show and wouldn't agree, and this was a way for the show, in response/(revenge), not to provide Datsun with free advertising?
     
  4. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

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    Yeah, I was quite bummed this series was just a single season. And who knows if the same vibe could be captured if they did try a reboot.
     
  5. Mikeguy

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    For those wanting a bit more info. about the series, the DVD set has 4 featurettes, on the series and its making (2), Botswana, and the music of Botswana. Interesting and informative.

    Factoid: The series was co-developed, and its pilot co-written for the screen and directed, by Anthony Minghella, the director and screenwriter of "The English Patient" (12 Academy Award nominations resulting in 9 Awards, including for direction). Perhaps helping to explain the quality.

    Factoid #2: When the production of the television series was being considered, one of the production staff apparently tried to locate the books on which the series is based and ultimately went to the bookstore of the author, Alexander McCall Smith, which was happy to sell them, as no one was buying them.

    Sadly, the possibility of a TV series re-boot would seem to have 2 strikes against it: Anthony Minghella has passed away (in fact, after the pilot movie but before the rest of the series was produced), and Harvey Weinstein/The Weinstein Company was a lead producer.

     
  6. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

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    Heck, that may be a factor favoring a reboot. Who knows if it wasn't killed-off because someone involved simply failed to "please" Harvey, or he didn't like the many female empowerment plot-lines.
     
  7. Howie

    Howie Out of Pocket TCF Club

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    I've seen TOYOTAs with all but the middle Y and O painted over. YO
     

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