In the Series Premiere, James Purefoy ("Rome") stars as Teddy Rist, a successful tycoon whose life is forever changed after rescuing a young boy during a hurricane in the Nigerian town he was visiting.

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Olivia Maidstone
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Dax Vahagn
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A.J.
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Julia Rist
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Chima Balo
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The Dealer
James Albrecht ...
Gerard Kim
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Luellen
Obed Baloi ...
Native Man (as Obed Baloyi)
Mary-Anne Barlow ...
Interviewer (as Mary Anne Barlow)
Hlayani Molatana ...
Oumar
James Ngcobo ...
Health Minister
Lindani Nkosi ...
Government Greeter
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In the Series Premiere, James Purefoy ("Rome") stars as Teddy Rist, a successful tycoon whose life is forever changed after rescuing a young boy during a hurricane in the Nigerian town he was visiting.

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Movie-quality TV show
5 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a terrific pilot. I hope the show does well--I heard it goes up against one of the myriad CSI-type shows. Don't people get ENOUGH of that junk? The Philanthropist, by contrast, is a riveting show that will draw you in, touch you, and leave you with a sense of hope. Purefoy is visual poetry. He gives every one of his performances beautiful depth. Fantastic actor.

There's a touch of old-movie panache in the narration style, most likely because there is too much story to present in a straight-forward showing. The pilot deftly accomplishes the back story via Teddy's conversation with a barmaid. The next episode does the same through his partner's impassioned defense of Teddy with Maidstone-Rist's Board of Directors.

One of the best things about the show is how it opens your eyes to conditions around the world. We are SO blessed here in America. The Philanthropist not only drives that home, but it makes you care about people you've never considered before.


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