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:
Martin Shaw ...  Cecil John Rhodes 8 episodes, 1996
Frances Barber ...  Princess Catherine Radziwill 8 episodes, 1996
Neil Pearson ...  Dr. Leander Starr Jameson 7 episodes, 1996
Frantz Dobrowsky Frantz Dobrowsky ...  Alfred Beit 7 episodes, 1996
Philip Godawa Philip Godawa ...  John X. Merriman 6 episodes, 1996
Jeremy Crutchley ...  Philip Jourdan / ... 6 episodes, 1996
Alex Ferns Alex Ferns ...  John Grimmer 6 episodes, 1996
Guy de Lancey Guy de Lancey ...  Dr. Rutherfoord Harris 6 episodes, 1996
David Dennis David Dennis ...  Tony de la Cruz 6 episodes, 1996
Andre Odendaal Andre Odendaal ...  Gordon Le Sueur 6 episodes, 1996
David Butler David Butler ...  Charles Rudd 5 episodes, 1996
Ken Stott ...  Barney Barnato 5 episodes, 1996
John Carson ...  Sir Hercules Robinson 5 episodes, 1996
Washington Xisolo Washington Xisolo ...  Lobengula 5 episodes, 1996
Ian Roberts Ian Roberts ...  Johann Colenbrander 5 episodes, 1996
Sello Dlamini Sello Dlamini ...  Peter Lobengula 5 episodes, 1996
Dominic Tyawa Dominic Tyawa ...  Somabulane 5 episodes, 1996
Gresby Nash Gresby Nash ...  Harry Currey 4 episodes, 1996
Ramolao Makhene Ramolao Makhene ...  Babayane 4 episodes, 1996
Ken Gampu ...  Mshete 4 episodes, 1996
Paul Slabolepszy Paul Slabolepszy ...  Frederick Selous 4 episodes, 1996
Gavin Hood ...  Frank Johnson 4 episodes, 1996
Nicky Rebelo Nicky Rebelo ...  Solly Joel 4 episodes, 1996
Richard Huw Richard Huw ...  Rochfort Maguire / ... 4 episodes, 1996
Moshoeshoe Chabeli Moshoeshoe Chabeli ...  Makwekwe 4 episodes, 1996
Danny Keogh Danny Keogh ...  Frank Dawson 4 episodes, 1996
Patrick Shai Patrick Shai ...  Christmas 3 episodes, 1996
Sean Taylor Sean Taylor ...  Frank Thompson 3 episodes, 1996
Ron Smerczak Ron Smerczak ...  Edward Maund 3 episodes, 1996
Vusi Kunene Vusi Kunene ...  Umgandana 3 episodes, 1996
Oliver Cotton ...  Joseph Chamberlain 3 episodes, 1996
Paul Eilers Paul Eilers ...  Dr. Hans Sauer 3 episodes, 1996
Carel Trichardt Carel Trichardt ...  Paul Kruger 3 episodes, 1996
John Simon Jones John Simon Jones ...  Maurice Heany 3 episodes, 1996
Jerry Mofokeng Jerry Mofokeng ...  Unguba 3 episodes, 1996
Patrick Ndlovu Patrick Ndlovu ...  Manshowe / ... 3 episodes, 1996
Mandla Thabethe Mandla Thabethe ...  The M'bongo 3 episodes, 1996
Timothy Walker Timothy Walker ...  The Reverend C.D. Helm 2 episodes, 1996
Janine Eser ...  Ethelreda Currey 2 episodes, 1996
Anthony 'Bam Bam' Thomas Anthony 'Bam Bam' Thomas ...  Henry La Bouchere 2 episodes, 1996
Rex Garner Rex Garner ...  Sir Henry Loch 2 episodes, 1996
Sam Williams Sam Williams ...  Lotshe 2 episodes, 1996
Victor Melleney Victor Melleney ...  Lord Gifford 2 episodes, 1996
Todd Jensen ...  John Hammond 2 episodes, 1996
Dale Cutts Dale Cutts ...  Du Toit 2 episodes, 1996
Owen Dell Owen Dell ...  Bobby Coryndon 2 episodes, 1996
Gideon Emery ...  Allan Wilson 2 episodes, 1996
Dean Fourie ...  Horseman / ... 2 episodes, 1996
Graham Hopkins Graham Hopkins ...  Major Goold-Adams 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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Release Date:

4 January 1998 (USA) See more »

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South Africa

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Stereo

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1.33 : 1
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Vocals on the music track 'Jo'burg Skyline' were performed by Madeline Bell. See more »

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In The Tradition of Great Epics
4 October 2007 | by GooperSee 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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