The film begins with Bell's childhood in Scotland, where his is initially intrigued by sights and sounds. The film then follows his days as an inventor in Brantford, Ontario, Boston, Massachusetts, and Baddeck, Nova Scotia. The film was shot in New Zealand and on location at Alexander Graham Bell's Beinn Bhreagh estate in Baddeck, Nova Scotia, Canada.
The film won Gemini Awards for Best Costume Design, Best Photography in a Dramatic Program or Series, and Best Production Design or Art Direction. The film was also nominated for Geminis in the categories of Best Direction in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series, Best Dramatic Mini-Series, and Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series.