The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency novels by Alexander McCall Smith, featuring the insightful Botswanan investigator Mma Precious Ramotswe, have sold more than 15 million copies in 43 languages worldwide. HBO recently completed a television adaption of the series; The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Season 1 will be released on DVD September 8th.
Smith's love of Africa and its traits of deep ties to family and community, concern for one's neighbors, and respect for tradition, shine through in these wonderful books, which are wildly popular with fans of British detective stories and sleuths in the tradition of Miss Jane Marple.
In a unique travel documentary, Smith travels to the heart of Botswana, inspiration and location for The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. "Botswana is often called the gem of Africa. I come here every year for inspiration. There is a certain pace of life here," he says.
In Botswana: In The Footsteps of The No.1 Ladies Detective, Smith introduces viewers to Botswana's unique character and beauty, as he comes face to face with a pride of lions, returns a python to the wild, and visits the SOS Children's Village known so well to the fans of his bestselling book series.
The program also shows Smith visiting the set and meeting the cast of his series' adaptation, as well as revealing the answer to the question all readers ask: Who is the real lady detective Mma Precious Ramotswe?
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