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Real life deals actress and Grammy-winner Jill Scott – star of HBO dramedy No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

Filmed entirely in Botswana and based on Alexander McCall Smith’s novels, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency chronicles the adventures of the wily proprietor of the only female detective agency in the country. A coproduction with the BBC, the spirited and sassy whodunit has received warm reviews in the U.S. and Britain.

After filming the two-hour pilot in 2007, Scott was set to return to Africa last fall to film the remaining episodes. Then she learned she was pregnant.

“It was the day of. I found out at ten o’clock in the morning,” Scott recalled. “The car was going to pick us up at twelve o’clock to get to the airport. I had been told that I couldn’t get pregnant, ever, so this was huge,” says the Grammy-winning Philadelphia-born songstress.

In the end, Scott got her doctor’s okay to travel to Botswana, where she was met with erratic rains and temperatures reaching 113 degrees before noon.

“And of course, I was in my first trime