Hip-hop artist Jill Scott stars in the adaptation of the best-selling book series by Alexander McCall Smith. Set in beautiful Botswana, this seven-part series follows divorcée Precious Ramotswe (Scott, pictured) as she opens the first and only woman-run detective agency, relying on her own intuition and her slightly uptight secretary, Grace (Dreamgirls’ Anika Noni Rose), to solve cases about unfaithful husbands and mysterious poisonings. (Airs Sunday, March 29, at 8 p.m. EDT.)
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Listen to “Defying Gravity”
On his seventh album, country star (and husband of actress Nicole Kidman) Keith Urban sings of first loves, first kisses, and first dates (sample lyrics from the single “Sweet Thing”: I held open the car door for you/Then you climbed inside…I thought “My, oh, my”). It’s feel-good music perfect for lounging in warming weather.
To buy: $4 (order the album, out on March 31, until April 2, when the price rises to $9), lala.com.
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Rent “Marley & Me”
The hit movie starring Jennifer Aniston (pictured) and Owen Wilson as owners of a lovable Labrador made more than $100 million at the box office, and now you can see it―plus deleted scenes, a gag reel, and dog-casting footage―from the comfort of your own couch. (Out March 31.)
The 96th annual celebration of Tokyo’s gift of 3,000 cherry trees to the people of Washington, D.C., in 1912 runs from March 28 through April 12. Daily events include a sushi demonstration by chef Hiroko Shimbo and a parade. Can’t make the trip? Check out the Cherry Blossom Webcam.
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Watch “Slumdog Millionaire”
Phone a friend for movie night. The Academy Award-winning movie about young game show contestant Jamal (Dev Patel), who’s escaped the slums of Mumbai and is searching for his childhood sweetheart, Latika (Freida Pinto), includes commentary from director Danny Boyle and loads of deleted scenes. (Out March 31.)
Actress Laura Linney hosts the five-part miniseries adaptation of Charles Dickens’ rags-to-riches novel about Arthur Clennam (Pride and Prejudice’s Matthew MacFayden), who returns home after his father’s death to find that his mother has employed a prisoner’s daughter as a seamstress (Amy “Little” Dorrit, played by Claire Foy). Suspicious Arthur sets out to discover the motive for her altruism―and unfolds a family secret. (Premieres Sunday, March 29, at 9 p.m. EDT.)