No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency: BBC Radio Casebook

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 the first collection, 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.

A second collection of eight BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations based on the popular books by Alexander McCall Smith. ‘How to Handle Men Through the Application of Psychology’: Precious Ramotswe sets out to release her fiancé from a terrifying obligation, and a new case sparks a love quest. ‘House of Hope’: Precious and her assistant visit some bad girls as part of their mission to find a husband for their client, but Precious has some marriage problems of her own. ‘The Return of Note’: When Precious Ramotswe’s ex-husband turns up to cause trouble, she finds an unlikely ally. ‘The Ceremony’: Precious works her way through a list of her own problems. But will the return of an old love jeopardise her romantic plans? ‘There Is No Such Thing as Free Food’: Precious is preoccupied both professionally and personally by the subject of food. ‘The Best Profession for a Blackmailer’: Mr Polopetsi, part-time mechanic and would-be assistant detective, takes on a case of his own while Mma Makutsi finds out if blue shoes are the key to happiness. ‘A Very Rude Woman’: Precious faces change at the agency while Mr J. L. B. Matekoni meets the rudest person in all Botswana. ‘Talking Shoes’: A new detective takes on a case for the agency while Mma Ramotswe, among others, has a problem with high blood pressure. Starring Claire Benedict as Mma Ramotswe and Nadine Marshall as Mme Makutsi, these dramatisations will appeal to all fans of the engaging lady detective.

BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramas, written and adapted by Alexander McCall Smith from his own best-selling series.
A third outstanding collection of stories featuring Botswana’s only female private detective agency, run by the irrepressible Precious Ramotswe. Based on the hugely popular novels and brought to life with music and full casts, these evocative productions return us to Botswana, where Precious has more mysteries to solve.
In the first of these seven episodes, Mma Ramotswe helps an adopted child search for her birth family; gets embroiled in the murky world of a football cheat; faces the dangers of crocodiles, hippos and a tiny canoe in the Okovango Delta; and investigates some violent, unexplained attacks on cattle. Meanwhile, the countdown to her upcoming wedding begins….
The stories included are: The Miracle at Speedy Motors, Tea Time for the Traditionally Built, The Seller of Beds, An Exceptionally Wicked Lady, Canoeing for Ladies, A Late Van Just Glimpsed and The Saturday Big Tent Wedding.

A fourth collection of BBC Radio 4 dramatisations, adapted by Alexander McCall Smith from his own best-selling books. Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s premier – and only – lady detective, is back with another batch of unusual cases. In these eight episodes, she receives a visit from a very important person; helps out Mma Potokwani, who has had bad news at the Orphan Farm; looks into who is orchestrating a campaign against Mma Soleti; and welcomes a new arrival – while righting an old wrong. Plus, Mr JLB Matekoni’s apprentice gets into trouble; Mma Makutsi is hiding a secret; and Mma Ramotswe tries to come to terms with one of the trickiest situations she has ever faced: taking a holiday. The stories included are: A Man from a Far Place, The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection, The Modern Husband Course, The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, The Handsome Man’s Deluxe Café, The Dish of Yesterday, This Is Not a Rubbish Boy and The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine. Brought to life with evocative music and a full cast, these engaging adaptations star Claire Benedict as Mma Ramotswe, with Nadine Marshall as Mma Makutsi and Joseph Marcell as Mr JLB Matekoni.

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