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Masterpiece Theatre; Rhodes: All the World's Diamonds

Rhodes - Episode 1 - Reel 1

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Masterpiece Theatre
Rhodes: All the World's Diamonds
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Program premiered in 1971 with The First Churchills. Hosted by Alastair Cooke. Intended as a showcase for the best of British television drama. Spawned MYSTERY! in 1980. Current executive producer Rebecca Eaton. All promotion of program done by Frank Goodman & Associates (see below). Synopsis, cast information and producers listed by individual title. Series release date: 1971

Program Description

Actor Martin Shaw portrays legendary diamond king and arch imperialist Cecil Rhodes in a lavish international production that re-creates the "Wild West" era in southern Africa at the turn of the century. All the world's diamonds were not enough for this charismatic, unscrupulous and love-starved man who coveted the whole of Africa for the English empire. Episode One--Age 18, Cecil Rhodes joins his brother in southern Africa to work a tiny diamond claim. Soon the new arrival dreams of consolidating the hundreds of competing mines and creating a monopoly, a scheme also being hatched by a sharp operator name Barney Barnato. Episode Two--His diamond monopoly secure and his emotional life in ruins, Rhodes turns his avarice to creating a southern African empire. The queen of England, public opinion and a powerful African chief stand in his way. Episode Three--Rhodes takes on the Boer Republic, home to the richest gold mines in the world, but a raid led by his right-hand man, Dr. Jameson, goes disastrously awry and helps spark the Boer War with England.

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