The story of the British 19th-century businessman who became the wealthiest man in the Western world and founded the nation Rhodesia.




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Series cast summary:
 Cecil John Rhodes (8 episodes, 1996)
 Princess Catherine Radziwill (8 episodes, 1996)
 Dr. Leander Starr Jameson (7 episodes, 1996)
Philip Godawa ...
 John X. Merriman (6 episodes, 1996)
Frantz Dobrowsky ...
 Alfred Beit (6 episodes, 1996)
David Butler ...
 Charles Rudd (5 episodes, 1996)
 Barney Barnato (5 episodes, 1996)
Washington Xisolo ...
 Lobengula (5 episodes, 1996)
Gresby Nash ...
 Harry Currey (4 episodes, 1996)
Ramalao Makhene ...
 Babayane (4 episodes, 1996)
Ken Gampu ...
 Mshete (4 episodes, 1996)
Ian Roberts ...
 Johann Colenbrander (4 episodes, 1996)
Paul Slabolepszy ...
 Frederick Selous (4 episodes, 1996)
 Frank Johnson (4 episodes, 1996)
Alex Ferns ...
 John Grimmer (4 episodes, 1996)
 Sir Hercules Robinson (3 episodes, 1996)
 Frank Thompson (3 episodes, 1996)
Ron Smerczak ...
 Edward Maund (3 episodes, 1996)
 Joseph Chamberlain (3 episodes, 1996)
Carel Trichardt ...
 Paul Kruger (3 episodes, 1996)
Guy de Lancey ...
 Dr. Rutherfoord Harris (3 episodes, 1996)
Danny Keogh ...
 Frank Dawson (3 episodes, 1996)
Nicky Rebelo ...
 Solly Joel (2 episodes, 1996)
Richard Huw ...
 Rochfort Maguire (2 episodes, 1996)
Timothy Walker ...
 The Reverend C.D. Helm (2 episodes, 1996)
 Philip 'Flippy' Jourdan (2 episodes, 1996)
Vusi Kunene ...
 Umgandana (2 episodes, 1996)
Anthony 'Bam Bam' Thomas ...
 Henry La Bouchere (2 episodes, 1996)
Sam Williams ...
 Lotshe (2 episodes, 1996)
Paul Eilers ...
 Dr. Hans Sauer (2 episodes, 1996)
Moshoeshoe Chabeli ...
 Makwekwe (2 episodes, 1996)
 Alan Wilson (2 episodes, 1996)


This 8-part drama series tells the story of Cecil Rhodes, the British 19th-century businessman who became the wealthiest man in the Western world and founded the nation Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). The series tells of how he arrived in South Africa as a teenager, how he made his fortune in gold and diamond mining, and how he led the colonization of large areas of Africa. Written by <>

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The music score was recorded at CTS (Cine-Tele Sound) Studios, Wembley and Garage Recording Studios, Woldingham. CTS Studios were demolished in 2000's to make way for the new Wembley Stadium. See more »

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In The Tradition of Great Epics
4 October 2007 | by (WA State USA) – See all my reviews

'Rhodes' takes its place alongside 'The Last Place on Earth' and 'The Jewel in the Crown' as one of the very best British-made series sagas. It has everything: masterful performances (it's Martin Shaw's show, of course, but everyone shines), a sweeping, informative and intelligent script, a magnificent score - reminiscent of John Barry, superb locations, and a whale of a story, a true story.

The character of Cecil Rhodes is thoroughly and fulfillingly fleshed out. He is scarcely admirable, but he commands our attention for sheer audaciousness and dramatic power. The exploitation and double-crossing of the native peoples is portrayed with accuracy and grim detail, with many parallels to the American West. Rhodes was an opportunist and an empire builder in the extreme, who stopped at nothing to achieve his goals. As an epic character study, this drama really delivers as only the Brits can.

Finally, a common complaint: no DVD version exists as if yet. If more viewers discovered this series, it would quickly be known as a classic.

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