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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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
Ken Stott ...  Barney Barnato 6 episodes, 1996
Andre Odendaal Andre Odendaal ...  Gordon Le Sueur 6 episodes, 1996
David Dennis David Dennis ...  Tony de la Cruz 6 episodes, 1996
Jeremy Crutchley ...  Philip Jourdan / ... 6 episodes, 1996
Alex Ferns ...  John Grimmer 6 episodes, 1996
Dominic Tyawa Dominic Tyawa ...  Somabulane 5 episodes, 1996
Guy de Lancey ...  Dr. Rutherfoord Harris / ... 6 episodes, 1996
David Butler David Butler ...  Charles Rudd 5 episodes, 1996
Sello Dlamini Sello Dlamini ...  Peter Lobengula 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
Ramolao Makhene Ramolao Makhene ...  Babayane 4 episodes, 1996
Ken Gampu ...  Mshete 4 episodes, 1996
Patrick Ndlovu Patrick Ndlovu ...  Manshowe / ... 4 episodes, 1996
Nicky Rebelo Nicky Rebelo ...  Solly Joel 4 episodes, 1996
Gresby Nash Gresby Nash ...  Harry Currey 4 episodes, 1996
Richard Huw Richard Huw ...  Rochfort Maguire / ... 4 episodes, 1996
Paul Slabolepszy Paul Slabolepszy ...  Frederick Selous 4 episodes, 1996
Gavin Hood ...  Frank Johnson 4 episodes, 1996
Danny Keogh Danny Keogh ...  Frank Dawson 4 episodes, 1996
Moshoeshoe Chabeli Moshoeshoe Chabeli ...  Makwekwe 4 episodes, 1996
Patrick Shai Patrick Shai ...  Christmas 3 episodes, 1996
Sean Taylor ...  Frank Thompson 3 episodes, 1996
Mandla Thabethe Mandla Thabethe ...  The M'bongo 3 episodes, 1996
Jerry Mofokeng ...  Unguba 3 episodes, 1996
Ron Smerczak ...  Edward Maund 3 episodes, 1996
John Simon Jones John Simon Jones ...  Maurice Heany 3 episodes, 1996
Vusi Kunene ...  Umgandana 3 episodes, 1996
Oliver Cotton ...  Joseph Chamberlain 3 episodes, 1996
Paul Eilers Paul Eilers ...  Dr. Hans Sauer 3 episodes, 1996
Hal Orlandini Hal Orlandini ...  Lionel Phillips 2 episodes, 1996
Carel Trichardt Carel Trichardt ...  Paul Kruger 3 episodes, 1996
Dale Cutts Dale Cutts ...  du Toit 2 episodes, 1996
Rex Garner Rex Garner ...  Sir Henry Loch 2 episodes, 1996
Graham Hopkins ...  Major Goold-Adams 2 episodes, 1996
Gideon Emery ...  Allan Wilson 2 episodes, 1996
Janine Eser ...  Ethelreda Currey 2 episodes, 1996
Owen Dell Owen Dell ...  Bobby Coryndon 2 episodes, 1996
Timothy Walker Timothy Walker ...  The Reverend C.D. Helm 2 episodes, 1996
Victor Melleney Victor Melleney ...  Lord Gifford 2 episodes, 1996
Antony Thomas Antony Thomas ...  Henry La Bouchere 2 episodes, 1996
Eric Nobbs Eric Nobbs ...  Piet Raaff 2 episodes, 1996
Todd Jensen ...  John Hammond 2 episodes, 1996
Anthony 'Bam Bam' Thomas Anthony 'Bam Bam' Thomas ...  Henry La Bouchere 2 episodes, 1996
Sam Williams Sam Williams ...  Lotshe 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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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 j-vander-veenSee 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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4 January 1998 (USA) See more »

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South Africa

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