Last night BBC screened their production telling the story of the first female private detective in Botswana, and scored in this reviewers eyes a striking hit with an impressive cast lead by Jill Scott as "Precious Ramotswe"
The story captures the colourful characters that are flared through African culture. Our heroine has to cope with problems both trivial and dangerous, and this is where the film captures its routes; she deals with all sorts of clients but each is treated with respect and forethought. The film is light hearted but manages to successfully graze upon some serious issues such as old African magic and Gangsterism, which are still rife in certain parts of the continent. A cinema would probably have left this unseated as this character piece is certainly best suited to the relaxed small screen (a series has been commissioned).
Noteable breakout performances go to Lucian Msamati as the friendly cabby and mechanic Mr Matekoni, whose politely unrequited love comes across very effectively. Definitely looking forward to seeing him in the Clive Owen starrer "The International" Also star of the overrated(?) Dreamgirls acts her socks off as the best secretary ever to grace our screens Grace Makutsi
If you havent seen this in the states I strongly recommend you find out when its on and have a look, certainly the BBC and HBO have does as proud with this adaptation and it’s a nice footnote in Minghella’s shortened career.
And thanks to lovely youtube look at some behind the scenes footage