The BEST Episodes of The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jan 1, 2020
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.
#1 - Pilot
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 23, 2008
When Precious Ramotswe was young, she spent her days with Obed, her father, in the wilds of Botswana learning the secrets of nature, and with that the joys of a natural inquisitiveness and intuition. When Obed dies, he leaves Precious the first 'step-up' into her new career - one hundred and eighty cows. With this investment she decides to become her country's first ever female detective. With a bad marriage to jazz musician Note Makoti behind her, the sassily independent Precious Ramotswe embarks on a radical and exciting new chapter in her life.
#2 - Poison
Season 1 - Episode 3 - 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.
#3 - The Big Bonanza
Season 1 - Episode 2 - 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
#4 - The Boy with an African Heart
Season 1 - Episode 4 - 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.
#5 - Problems in Moral Philosophy
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 5, 2009
Mma Pekwane suspects her husband has bought a stolen car, so Mma Ramotswe gets on the case.
#6 - A Real Botswana Diamond
Season 1 - Episode 7 - 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.
#7 - Beauty and Integrity
Season 1 - Episode 6 - 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.