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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 Cecil John Rhodes 8 episodes, 1996
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 Princess Catherine Radziwill 8 episodes, 1996
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 Dr. Leander Starr Jameson 7 episodes, 1996
Frantz Dobrowsky ...
 Alfred Beit 7 episodes, 1996
Philip Godawa ...
 John X. Merriman 6 episodes, 1996
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 Philip Jourdan / ... 6 episodes, 1996
Alex Ferns ...
 John Grimmer 6 episodes, 1996
Guy de Lancey ...
 Dr. Rutherfoord Harris 6 episodes, 1996
David Dennis ...
 Tony de la Cruz 6 episodes, 1996
Andre Odendaal ...
 Gordon Le Sueur 6 episodes, 1996
David Butler ...
 Charles Rudd 5 episodes, 1996
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 Barney Barnato 5 episodes, 1996
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 Sir Hercules Robinson 5 episodes, 1996
Washington Xisolo ...
 Lobengula 5 episodes, 1996
Ian Roberts ...
 Johann Colenbrander 5 episodes, 1996
Sello Dlamini ...
 Peter Lobengula 5 episodes, 1996
Mawongo Tyawa ...
 Somabulane 5 episodes, 1996
Gresby Nash ...
 Harry Currey 4 episodes, 1996
Ramolao Makhene ...
 Babayane 4 episodes, 1996
Ken Gampu ...
Paul Slabolepszy ...
 Frederick Selous 4 episodes, 1996
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 Frank Johnson 4 episodes, 1996
Nicky Rebelo ...
 Solly Joel 4 episodes, 1996
Richard Huw ...
 Rochfort Maguire / ... 4 episodes, 1996
Moshoeshoe Chabeli ...
 Makwekwe 4 episodes, 1996
Danny Keogh ...
 Frank Dawson 4 episodes, 1996
Patrick Shai ...
 Christmas 3 episodes, 1996
Sean Taylor ...
 Frank Thompson 3 episodes, 1996
Ron Smerczak ...
 Edward Maund 3 episodes, 1996
Vusi Kunene ...
 Umgandana 3 episodes, 1996
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 Joseph Chamberlain 3 episodes, 1996
Paul Eilers ...
 Dr. Hans Sauer 3 episodes, 1996
Carel Trichardt ...
 Paul Kruger 3 episodes, 1996
John Simon Jones ...
 Maurice Heany 3 episodes, 1996
Jerry Mofokeng ...
Patrick Ndlovu ...
 Manshowe / ... 3 episodes, 1996
Mandla Thabethe ...
 The M'bongo 3 episodes, 1996
Timothy Walker ...
 The Reverend C.D. Helm 2 episodes, 1996
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 Ethelreda Currey 2 episodes, 1996
Anthony 'Bam Bam' Thomas ...
 Henry La Bouchere 2 episodes, 1996
Rex Garner ...
 Sir Henry Loch 2 episodes, 1996
Sam Williams ...
Victor Melleney ...
 Lord Gifford 2 episodes, 1996
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 John Hammond 2 episodes, 1996
Dale Cutts ...
Owen Dell ...
 Bobby Coryndon 2 episodes, 1996
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 Allan Wilson 2 episodes, 1996
Dean Fourie ...
 Horseman / ... 2 episodes, 1996
Graham Hopkins ...
 Major Goold-Adams 2 episodes, 1996
Eric Nobbs ...
 Piet Raaff 2 episodes, 1996
Hal Orlandini ...
 Lionel Phillips 2 episodes, 1996
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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 <mcollins@nyx.net>

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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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