A collection of BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations based on the popular books by Alexander McCall Smith. Claire Benedict stars as Mme Ramotswe in these eight episodes: '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'.
The Maid sees Mma Ramotswe visiting the house of the mechanic she has agreed to marry, Mr J. L. B. Matekoni. But there is a shock in store for her... Back at the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, there is the mystery of the erratic doctor to look into, and a ‘cold case’ involving an American who went missing from a communal farm. 'Tears of the Giraffe' finds Mma Ramotswe happy with her flourishing detective agency and gentlemanly fiancé.
Warm, humorous and uplifting, Alexander McCall Smith’s hugely popular novels featuring Precious Ramotswe, proprietor of Botswana’s only female private detective agency, have become international bestsellers, sold over seven million copies, and been translated into 26 languages. These acclaimed productions, complete with vibrant music, bring the exotic world of the books vividly to life.
The Return of Note finds Mma Ramotswe in a compromising situation when her past catches up with her. But things are looking brighter for her assistant, Mma Makutsi, when she takes up ballroom dancing... The Ceremony sees Mma Ramotswe’s agency work under control at last, so she has time to take care of her own problems. Can she release her fiancé Mr J. L. B. Matekoni from his rash undertaking to do a charity parachute jump?
The Kalahari Typing School for Men opens with bad news for Mma Ramotswe – her agency has competition in the form of the Satisfaction Guaranteed Detective Agency, run by a man. Mma Makutsi has entrepreneurial ambitions too, and has conceived the idea of teaching an evening class where men could learn to type. The Admirer sees Mma Ramotswe commissioned by a physiotherapist to find out what her errant husband is up to.
There is No Such Thing as Free Food finds Precious Ramotswe, owner and founder of The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, preoccupied both professionally and personally by the subject of food. The Best Profession for a Blackmailer sees Mr Polopetsi, part-time mechanic and would-be assistant detective, taking on a case of his own; while Mma Makutsi finds out if blue shoes are the key to happiness.
The Chief Justice of Beauty finds the ladies hired by a beauty contest judge to check up on the integrity of the finalists in a forthcoming competition, following the embarrassing arrest for shoplifting of a previous winner. Meanwhile, Mma Ramotsweis worried about her fiancé, Mr J. L. B. Matekoni. The Confession sees Mma Ramotswe consulting her best friend Mma Potokwane, the matron at the orphanage, to ask for help in dealing with Mr J. L. B. Matekoni.
These acclaimed productions, complete with vibrant music, bring the exotic world of the books vividly to life. A Very Rude Woman finds Precious Ramotswe facing change at The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, while Mr J.L.B. Matekoni meets the rudest person in all Botswana. Talking Shoes sees a new detective taking on a case for the Agency, while Mma Ramotswe, among others, has a problem with high blood pressure.
How to Handle Men Through the Application of Psychology sees Mma Ramotswe setting out to release her fiancé, Mr J. L. B. Matekoni, from a terrifying obligation. Meanwhile, a new case comes into the agency, and the ladies find themselves on a love quest... The House of Hope finds Mma Ramotswe and her assistant Mma Makutsi visiting some ‘bad girls’ as part of their mission to find a husband for their client.