“No. 1 Ladies” to Be HBO Series

Alexander McCall Smith’s popular mystery series is coming to HBO early next year, according to The Hollywood Reporter. A two-hour pilot directed by Anthony Minghella (Cold Mountain, The Talented Mr. Ripley, The English Patient) was recently filmed in Botswana and will serve as the series opener.

HBO West Coast programming chief Michael Lombardo said Agency “is the first piece of any sort of filmmaking set in Africa where the storytelling is not through the eyes of a white person.” Clearly, he’s referring to the movie’s main character, not the book’s author (how Hollywood of him).

The latest novel in the series pubs in April:

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The Miracle at Speedy Motors:

The New Novel in the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Series

  • Hardcover: $22.95
  • Publisher: Pantheon (April 15, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0375424482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375424489

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