Every Sunday night, a growing number of TV viewers are following the daring adventures of Precious Ramotswe, Alexander McCall Smith’s indomitable protagonist of his #1 Ladies’ Detective Agency books and now the starof HBO’s ongoing series. The pilot, which debuted on the BBC in 2008, was the last film directed by Anthony Minghella and was produced by the late Sydney Pollack. Playing Mma Ramotswe is Jill Scott, the R & B singer/songwriter who has won three Grammy Awards since 2005, branchingout into acting with 2007’s Hounddog. Other regulars include Broadway and movie up-and-coming performer Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls).
(Publisher’s Weekly, June 1)