The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Season 1 Episode 5

Beauty and Integrity

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 12, 2009 on BBC

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  • Precious and company solve some mysteries in their neck of the woods...


    While the pilot of this show was highly entertaining and continuing episodes also offer enjoyment, there has been some dark and vicious characters introduced in some stories which don't exist in the original novels. While it makes sense for tv purposes not to follow the novels too closely (ie making JLB a depression victim early in the series does not make good television and delaying the marriage of JLB and Precious on the other hand makes better television), the light-hearted approach of the novels would be the reason most people would watch this show.

    In this episode, Precious solves the case of the missing boyfriend - but incurs the wrath of the new detective in town who threatens her personally at the end of the episode. Mma Makutsi solves the beauty pageant problem at the same time. Both these stories have some sort of connection with the novels but both endings are changed for tv purposes. One of the better scenes has an upset Precious driving in the night looking for JLB and they meet on a lonely road - and they decide to get married. This was a good scene for the show and the 2 characters.