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Utterly, utterly magnificent!
on 29 April 2009
I've never read the books; in fact, they escaped me entirely, and I didn't watch the film/pilot when it was shown. Truth is, I started watching this because I was at a loose end.
Within 2 minutes, I was *completely* under its spell, and I've fallen crazy, ridiculously in love with this programme. Jill Scott plays Precious Ramotswe; a large, lovely, warm bundle of laughter and love. She plays the eponymous lady detective, and she approaches it with joy. She is quick to laugh; she is kind, and honest and wonderful.
Mma (that seems to be the general term for "Miss" in Botswana and, oh, I wish it would catch on here!) Ramotswe is aided by Mma Makutsi, a prim and proper lady with a snippy demeanor and heart of gold; one who received 97% at Botswana's Secretarial College - something she is quick to inform anyone who will listen.
The chemistry between the two is absolutely wonderful - on the surface, they appear to be polar opposites, both physically and in demeanor. But as we get to know them both, we discover they are both the very best of ladies; ones who are truly burdened to help those in need.
The series ran to 6 hour-long episodes, and they are each splashed with colour and sunshine and innocence and happiness. Botswana is blessedly untroubled politically/environmentally, so it allows for the backdrop to be joyous. And it is. Add to that, an extraordinary musical score. You'll hear chords you never even imagined - superficially discordant, but upon hearing it a couple more times, music that will honestly seep into your blood, and I so hope they release a CD.
Our lovely Mma Ramotswe takes on cases ranging from a seemingly schizophrenic dentist, to a missing pet, to a missing husband, to a daughter with a secret boyfriend. She's rarely in extreme danger, but even when she is, she approaches it with humour and grace, and when Rra (generic term for "sir", or "him", I think...) Mateknoi falls in love with her, you can understand why.
Buy this, and be swept off to somewhere wonderful.