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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4 January 1998 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Music score was performed by the London Metropole Orchestra and Zulus vocals + choir by the The Zulus Of Simyanye Pioneer Camp and Shakaland, Kwazulaland, Nata, South Africa. See more »

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Rhodes, a man to hate but a portrait to be loved
9 February 2005 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I have known Rhodes to be the father of oppression in southern Africa. A man of his time maybe, but one who did so much to create so much suffering, that I thought it impossible, that a biopic of him would fascinate me, but it did. Here we see a man driven by ambition, by disgust over his fellow humans, white or black. He is portrayed not as a person with whom you would like to identify yourself, but whose inner workings and motivations you want to know. This is the true greatness of the script. It entices you to involve yourself with a man, who stands wholeheartedly for a thoroughly black page in history.

coupled to that it is a superb costume drama, with well developed secondary characters of whom I would like to mention by name: Ken Stott as Barney Barnato

To sum it up. This film will not make you hate Rhodes any less than you did before, but it does help you to understand the fascination he created in his own day.

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