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I suggest that we watch closely for audience impact indicators. I just watched the programme this evening, having somehow missed all the advance publicity and only being aware of the stories from a chance listening to one of the Radio 4 plays a couple of year ago. The ensemble cast was superb, Jill Scott and Anika Noni Rose fit the roles beautifully, and McCall-Smith's sensitive and respectful treatment of the Southern African setting is transmitted faithfully. I cannot remember the last time I was so overwhelmed by the overall transportive effect of a television drama. I would be a little surprised if I turned out to be an outlier in this. --Anticipation of a New Lover's Arrival, The 23:07, 23 March 2008 (UTC)
I thoroughly enjoyed it too. I didn't think I would, but I did. As long as they replace the actress playing the extremely-irritating Secretary by the time they shoot the main series, it should fly. I can't help feeling that this 'ticked all the right boxes' with the Guardianistas at the BBC when it came to funding. i.e. female / ethnic / victim of domestic violence etc. I haven't read the books, but I suppose if the storylines tick the few remaining boxes at the bottom of the list (i.e. AIDS / Homophobia / Global Warming) it should be a shoo-in at next year's awards. MaxieT (talk) 10:12, 25 March 2008 (UTC)
Reports back in 2008 were that 13 episodes were ordered, not 6 as stated.
Are there any sources that explain the discrepancy? Biscit (talk) 11:09, 5 May 2009 (UTC)
I believe that HBO -optioned- the rights to 13 episodes, but has only ordered the 6 episodes plus the pilot thus far. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Ulfrikr (talk • contribs) 20:19, 16 May 2009 (UTC)
I looked around but did not find any articles from reliable sources that explain why it was changed from a movie, to 13 episodes, and then six episodes. Unfortunately, the Google News thing that shows handy bar charts by month is broken at the moment meaning it'll take a bit of work to spot articles from March to November 2008 that would explain the change. --Marc Kupper|talk 05:06, 25 October 2010 (UTC)
Original run: 23 March 2008 – present. Why does it still say "present"? Is there any sign of life from HBO? --SimoneMLK (talk) 14:03, 5 January 2011 (UTC)
HBO is not the "be all and end all" of deciding whether a series is "current" or not. That said, I really havn't got a clue as to the actual situation, the series has not yet appeared on tv in my country. Maybe is is still running on a BBC channel? Roger (talk) 10:45, 9 January 2011 (UTC)