The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency: BBC Radio Casebook Vol.5

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What to expect

The fifth and final collection of BBC Radio 4 dramatisations, adapted by Alexander McCall Smith from his own bestselling books

‘Touching, rhythmic, and laugh-out-loud hilarious’ AudioFile Magazine

‘Must-listen…beautifully cast, precisely timed, simply wonderful.’ Daily Telegraph

Botswana’s best – and only – lady detective, Precious Ramotswe, returns for one last time to solve some surprising and challenging cases, aided as ever by the invaluable Mma Makutsi (and copious cups of red bush tea…)

The first two-part story, The Fat Cattle Club and Precious and Grace, sees Mma Ramotswe and her dauntless Co-Director tasked by a Canadian lady, Susan Peters, to find her childhood home and her old nursemaid, Rosie. They must also extricate Mr Polopetsi from a dodgy business scheme, and try to solve the problem of Fanwell’s stray dog – all while waiting for the rain to come.

In the second 2-parter, The House of Unexpected Sisters and The Colours of All the Cattle, the Agency investigates a saleswoman’s claims of unfair dismissal. Meanwhile, Mma Ramotswe discovers an unknown relative and a family mystery, and reluctantly agrees to stand for election to the local council…

Featuring joyful African music and a superb cast, these delightful, warm-hearted dramatisatations star Janice Acquah as Mma Ramotswe, with Nadine Marshall as Mma Makutsi, Joseph Marcell as Mr JLB Matekoni, Steve Toussaint as Mr Polopetsi and Sarah Niles as Mma Potokwani.

Production credits
Written and dramatised by Alexander McCall Smith
Directed by Gaynor MacFarlane (The Fat Cattle Club, Precious and Grace) and Eilidh McCreadie (The House of Unexpected Sisters, The Colours of All the Cattle)
A BBC Radio Scotland production

The Fat Cattle Club/Precious and Grace
Mma Ramotswe – Janice Acquah
Mma Makutsi – Nadine Marshall
Mr JLB Matekoni – Ben Onwukwe
Mr Polopetsi – Steve Toussaint
Mma Potokwani/Bandie/Violet Sephotho – Sarah Niles
Susan Peters – Barbara Barnes
Mma Rosie/Mma Kentse/Neighbour – Eleanor Crooks
Fanwell/Cool – Kedar Williams-Stirling
Bishop/Superintendant Bogosi/Baker – Jude Akuwudike
First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 19-20 July 2017

The House of Unexpected Sisters/The Colours of All the Cattle
Mma Ramotswe – Janice Acquah
Mma Makutsi – Nadine Marshall
Mr JLB Matekoni/Chairman – Ben Onwukwe
Mr Polopetsi – Steve Toussaint
Mma Potokwani – Sarah Niles
Charity/Neighbour – Saffron Coomber
Charity’s mother/Mma Gopalang – Lorna Gayle
Stephen/John – Jason Barnett
Mingie Ramotswe – Debbie Korlay
Charlie – Maynard Eziashi
First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 16-23 September 2019

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Critics Review

  • Touching, rhythmic, and laugh-out-loud hilarious

    AudioFile Magazine
  • Must-listen…beautifully cast, precisely timed, simply wonderful.

    Daily Telegraph

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