HBO’s “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” has two comely and charming stars in Jill Scott and Anika Noni Rose, but the most prominent player in the dramedy may be its host country, Botswana.
Scott and Rose raved about the experience of working in the African nation during the sesh on the show, a coproduction of the BBC, Weinstein Co. and HBO, at TCA on Friday.
The two-hour telepic/pilot for “Detective Agency,” which bows March 29, was among the last project that Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack worked on before their deaths last year. It was important to Minghella and Pollack that “Detective Agency” reflect “the wonder of Africa as a place and the gorgeousness of its people,” said exec producer Richard Curtis, who co-wrote the telepic screenplay with Minghella. (Curtis appeared via satellite from South Africa.)
“I didn’t completely get it until I saw Botswana and I saw people who looked like me,” said Scott (pictured above). Rose said tackling such a specific accent was tough until she “really got to be around the people of area and take those rhythms into my person.”