Matt and Jenny

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Matt and Jenny
Genre Drama
Created by William Davidson
Written by William Davidson
Martin Lager
John Craig
George Salverson
Directed by Joseph L. Scanlan
René Bonnière
Francis Chapman
Starring Neil Dainard
Duncan Regehr
Derrick Jones
Megan Follows
Theme music composer Ron Harrison
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Ralph C. Ellis
David Gideon Thompson for Polytel Film Ltd.
Producer(s) William Davidson
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 25 minutes
Production company(s) Manitou Productions Ltd.
Polytel Film Ltd.
Shelter Films Ltd.
Original network Global Television Network
Audio format Monaural
Original release October 21, 1979 (1979-10-21) – 1980 (1980)

Matt and Jenny (or Matt and Jenny on the Wilderness Trail) is a Canadian television series of 26 episodes of 25 minutes each, broadcast on Global starting October 21, 1979.[1]

A French-language dub of the show, titled Les routes de l'amitié, later aired on La Chaîne française, Ontario's then-new francophone educational service, in 1986.[2] American television producer Norman Lear also purchased American rights to the show in 1980;[3] however, he did not indicate at the time whether he planned to syndicate the existing Canadian show or produce an Americanized remake, and neither plan subsequently materialized.

The series won an award for Best Television Series from the Canadian Film and Television Association in 1979.[3]


Two English children, Matt and Jenny Tanner, and their mother depart for the New World from Bristol, England. During the voyage, their mother dies of typhoid fever. The two children arrive in Canada and begin a search for their uncle Bill Tanner, who arrived before they had.


Filming locations[edit]

Episode list[edit]

  1. Search for a New Home
  2. Thunder and Lightning Birds
  3. The Bellinis
  4. The Long Return
  5. The Whirlwind Voice
  6. Test for the Tanners
  7. A Call to Arms
  8. Devil's Gorge
  9. The Mast
  10. Fiddle Joe and the Devil Himself
  11. The Teacher
  12. Barnabas Bletcher
  13. Wolf Howl at Kennebec Cliff
  14. Ceremony at Whispering Pines
  15. Wilderness Photographer
  16. Sport of Kings
  17. Skiba the Bear
  18. Harry Alfred Teasdale Rides Again [1/2]
  19. Harry Alfred Teasdale Rides Again [2/2]
  20. Frontier Justice
  21. A Woman's Place
  22. The Actress
  23. Mystery of the Pikes
  24. The Highlanders
  25. Wagon Train West
  26. Ghost of Pocomoonshine Swamp


  1. ^ "Matt and Jenny". The Globe and Mail, October 20, 1979.
  2. ^ "10-day-old French network showing plenty of promise". Toronto Star, January 10, 1987.
  3. ^ a b "Norman Lear buys Matt and Jenny". The Globe and Mail, April 7, 1980.

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