Benjamin Franklin (2002 TV series)
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Benjamin Franklin is a 2002 American documentary television series which premiered November 19–20, 2002 and reairs on August 22-29, 2005. The series was produced by Twin Cities Public Television of Minneapolis-St. Paul.
|Directed by||Ellen Hovde|
|Produced by||Ellen Hovde|
|Written by||Ronald Blumer|
|Music by||Richard Einhorn|
|Edited by||Eric Davies|
|Distributed by||Public Broadcasting Service|
|November 19, 2002|
Benjamin Franklin won an Emmy for Outstanding Nonfiction Special (Traditional) in 2003. Executive producers Catherine Allan and Jerry Richman accepted the award.
Let the Experiment Begin
His first 47 years, a period that saw the birth of the Enlightenment. Franklin took this intellectual revolution to heart, writing aphorisms based on it for the publication he founded, “Poor Richard's Almanack,” and making significant contributions to his fellow Philadelphians, contributions which included the ideas of public libraries and a volunteer fire department. Richard Easton plays Franklin; Colm Feore narrates.
The Making of a Revolutionary.
Beginning in 1757, his years in London, sent from Pennsylvania on a mission to allow the colony to tax the Penn family's lands. Franklin arrived as an ardent admirer of the empire as well as a lover of the American colonies (“There's nothing I want more than the prosperity of both,” he says). Seventeen years later, he left—a revolutionary.
The Chess Master.
The final 14 years of his life, nine of which were spent in Paris as ambassador to France from rebellious colonies across the sea. Franklin's primary objective was to secure financial and military aid, far from an easy task. To this he brought the skills of a chess master, able to think many moves ahead in the game.
- Richard Easton - Benjamin Franklin
- Matthew Bentley - Benjamin Franklin as a child
- Dylan Baker - Benjamin Franklin as a young man
- Colm Feore - Narrator
- Gerry Bamman - Paul Wentworth
- Blair Brown - Jane Franklin
- Kathleen Chalfant - Silence Dogood
- Anthony Cochrane - George III
- John Curless - William Strahan
- Peter Donaldson - John Adams
- Jennifer Dundas - Catherine Ray
- Peter Gerety - Joseph Galloway
- Daniel Gerrol - Joseph Priestley
- Ronald Guttman - Le Comte de Vergennes
- Anthony Heald - Jonathan Austin
- John Christopher Jones - Ephraim Eliot
- Simon Jones - Thomas Penn
- Eddie Korbich - Jared Ruggles
- Roberta Maxwell - Deborah Read Franklin
- Jefferson Mays - Elkanah Watson
- Martin Rayner - Robert Whittington
- Sebastian Roché - Vicomte
- Natacha Roi - Madame Brillon de Joy
- Andrew Seear - British government official
- Josef Sommer - Cotton Mather
- Jim True-Frost - William Franklin
- Laurent St. Pierre - Count de Segur
VHS and DVD ReleaseEdit
Benjamin Franklin is on VHS & DVD.