The BEST Episodes of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 17, 2021

Network: BBC One

The first BBC drama to be filmed entirely on location in Botswana, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is a charming story chronicling the adventures of Mma Ramotswe. Mma Ramotswe, a Motswana woman, starts up the country's first female-owned detective agency. Based on the novels by Alexander McCall Smith.

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#1 - Poison

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 22, 2009

Mma Ramotswe finds herself investigating a case of ivory smuggling when she is asked to investigate the behaviour of Rra Lisindi. Mma Makutsi takes a look at some mysterious deaths at Tlokweng Hospital.

star 7.61
83 votes
Writers: Nicholas Wright
The Big Bonanza

#2 - The Big Bonanza

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 15, 2009

Botswana's No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency is in desperate need of clients. To boost business, Mma Makutsi prints up flyers, which seem to do the trick. Mma Ramotswe soon finds herself hunting down an absconding apostolic, finding a disappearing dog, and checking up on a definitely disturbed dentist

star 7.55
87 votes
Writers: Nicholas Wright
Problems in Moral Philosophy

#3 - Problems in Moral Philosophy

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 5, 2009

Mma Pekwane suspects her husband has bought a stolen car, so Mma Ramotswe gets on the case.

star 7.48
107 votes
Directors: Tim Fywell
Writers: Nick Wright
The Boy with an African Heart

#4 - The Boy with an African Heart

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 29, 2009

Mma Ramotswe attempts to help Mrs Curtin discover what has happened to his son as he has been missing for 10 years. Mma Makutsi attempts to find out who is responsible for the Kgale hill break-ins.

star 7.45
111 votes
Writers: Nicholas Wright
A Real Botswana Diamond

#5 - A Real Botswana Diamond

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 19, 2009

The agency is broken into following a spate of robberies in Kgale Hill. Mma Ramotswe and JLB Matekoni's engagement isn't going as planned and she is forced to face her demons before she can move on.

star 7.38
104 votes
Directors: Tim Fywell
Writers: Robert Jones
Beauty and Integrity

#6 - Beauty and Integrity

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 12, 2009

Mma Makutsi is asked to investigate the behaviour of some of the contestants at a local beauty pageant. Mma Ramotswe tries to find out what has happened to Nandira Patel's boyfriend who has disappeared. A new local agency goes head to head with the ladies.

star 7.23
75 votes
Directors: Tim Fywell
Writers: Robert Jones