I got this video out of interest in Martin Shaw's work, the actor who plays Cecil Rhodes in this video.
The story is told as a series of extended flash-backs into Cecil Rhodes life starting with his arrival into Africa to work in the Kimberly diamond mines. For some inexplicable reason, the script uses a very painful plot vehicle for these flashbacks, namely a Russian princess who was apparently out to get Rhodes in later life for some unexplained reason. This character is painful to watch. Thankfully, she doesn't appear that much. Cecil Rhodes was a very charismatic person, famous for his charm, and Martin Shaw's performance is up to the task. He gives a riveting perfomance; he especially pulls off the emotional scenes quite well. The supporting cast performances are also generally excellent, especially I enjoyed Neil Pearson who is cast as Dr. Jameson. Interestingly, the morally upstanding characters are generally played rather woodenly thoughout, whereas the morally questionable characters (and there are many -- Rhodes and Jameson leading the pack) are vivid and charismatic thoughout.
I did not know much about the history of Zimbabwe (was Rhodesia) before watching this. A little research beforehand would have helped me follow the plot (you can easily find the basic history on the web). The editting is fairly abrupt in many places, perhaps because the original BBC version was 8hrs while this version was cut down to 6hrs. This did not help following the plot either. Nonetheless, "Rhodes" is a very engaging historical drama and a facinating story of an incredible life.