Now that Big Love is off the air, those of you lucky people with HBO will need something else to watch to pass the time. Well, as Entertainment Weekly reminded me, this week is the premiere of the TV series version of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series.
I can’t wait to hear what you think of it, those of you who watch it. Will it live up to the things I loved about the book?
Yes, the character is fat and it’s mentioned frequently and in a positive way. Interestingly, the character is Botswanan. (Is that a word?) So there’s a cultural element as well: thinness is spoken of as a modern trend in opposition to the traditional, curvier African woman’s body. And Mma Ramotswe is, as I mentioned above, definitely depicted as a sexy character. As part of one of her cases, she effortlessly seduces someone. So: seductive and fat and delightful. What’s not to like?
At that link I also went on the record as approving of the casting of Jill Scott as Mma Ramotswe. They could easily have gone in a different direction, but I am so glad they didn’t. Here’s a short clip from the HBO website:
You can see more video clips and stills here. The show premieres on Sunday! Let me know if you like it!
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