benjamin franklin

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Frequently asked questions

Will Benjamin Franklin be re-broadcast?

To find out when Benjamin Franklin will be rebroadcast in your city, contact your local station.


How do I order a VHS or DVD copy of Benjamin Franklin?

To order Benjamin Franklin or other PBS productions, visit PBS Home Video online at shopPBS, or call PBS Home Video at 800/645-4PBS.


How can I learn more about the producers of this series?

Benjamin Franklin was a production of TPT/ Twin Cities Public Television in association with Middlemarch Films, Inc. To learn more about TPT/ Twin Cities Public Television, visit To learn more about Middlemarch Films, visit


I love some of the images on this website. Can I use them?

The producer of this web site, TPT, does not hold the copyright to the site’s images and, therefore, cannot grant anyone permission to use the images featured on this site. This also applies to image requests for educational or non-profit purposes.


Can I link my website to

Definitely. Just remember, you cannot sell or reproduce any Benjamin Franklin or PBS online content on your site.


I’m a teacher and would like to show this program in my classroom. Do I need to purchase a home video?

PreK-12 teachers may videotape the series off air and use it in the classroom for one year. (For more information on teacher resources to accompany PBS programs and on PBS extended taping rights for educators, please visit the PBS TeacherSource Web site.) An extensive Benjamin Franklin Teacher’s Guide can be downloaded at


I want to know who played a particular character in Benjamin Franklin.

Benjamin Franklin involved hundreds of extras and dozens of actors. Colm Feore narrated the series, and the following actors portrayed historical figures on-camera:

Benjamin Franklin: Richard Easton

Young Benjamin Franklin: Dylan Baker

John Hughes: Matthew Bennett

Silence Dogood: Kathleen Chalfant

Joseph Priestley: Daniel Gerroll

Ephraim Eliot: John Christopher Jones

Jared Ruggles: Eddie Korbich

Cotton Mather: Josef Sommer

Sayings of Poor Richard: Peter McRobbie, John Ellison Conlee, Martin Rayner, Blair Brown, Roberta Maxwell, Peter Gerety, Simon Jones, John Curless, Marian Seldes

George III: Anthony Cochrane

William Strahan: John Curless

Catherine Ray: Jennifer Dundas

Joseph Galloway: Peter Gerety

Alexander Wedderburn: John Horton

Thomas Penn: Simon Jones

Deborah Read Franklin: Roberta Maxwell

British Government Official: Andrew Seear

William Franklin: James True-Frost

John Jay: David Adkins

Paul Wentworth: Gerry Bamman

Jane Mecom: Blair Brown

George III: Anthony Cochrane

John Adams: Peter Donaldson

Le Comte de Vergennes: Ronald Guttman

Jonathan Austin: Anthony Heald

Elkanah Watson: Jefferson Mays

Viscount Stormont: Brian Murray

Robert Whittington: Martin Rayner

French aristocrat: Sebastian Roche

Mme. Brillon de Jouy: Natacha Roi

Armonica Player: Vera Meyer

Calligrapher: Brody Neuenschwander



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