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Almost Home
Genre Educational
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 9
Running time 15 minutes
Original network TVOntario

Almost Home (aka On the Move) was an educational television show which was produced and broadcast by TVOntario (known at the time as the Ontario Educational Communications Authority) in 1972 or 1973. The premise of the show is about a young man from Cornwall, Ontario, Ken Matthews, who travels to Manitoba and returns into Ontario, hitchhiking his way home through Northern Ontario and southward. The stories of each episode detail the various people he meets in his travels. The show was also shown in junior high and high schools as a teaching tool.

Actors and Actresses

  • Michael Duhig as Ken Matthews
  • Beth Amos
  • Jack Mather
  • James Barron
  • Mel Tuck
  • Syd Brown
  • Larry Reynolds
  • Les Rubie


Nine episodes were broadcast. A tenth was scripted but not filmed. Here are the titles for all ten:

  • 1- "Boots"- Ken meets a shopkeeper who accuses him of stealing a pair of boots.
  • 2- "I'm Looking For Volunteers And You're It"- Ken is conscripted to help battle a forest fire.
  • 3- "Words are Wild Birds"- Ken learns about business from the owners of a roadside service station.
  • 4- "Playing the Angles"- Ken and another hitchhiker get a lift from two bank robbers.
  • 5- "It's My Country and You Better Believe It"- On Manitoulin Island Ken learns about its rich native history.
  • 6- "Just Talk to Us"- Ken witnesses the struggles between an immigrant construction owner and the union.
  • 7- "An Old Man With A Suitcase Full Of Books"- Ken gets a job picking tobacco and meets a drifter who teaches him a valuable lesson.
  • 8- "Remember All the Things We Were Going to Do?"- Ken heads to Niagara Falls to meet an old friend whose life hasn't turned out too well.
  • 9- "Almost Home"- Ken heads back to home to Cornwall when he meets a professional car racer and an architect which make Ken question his own future.
  • 10- "Never the Same Again"- The final program integrates Ken's adventures into a TV movie about his travels and his responsibility to others.

Filming locations

  • Kakabeka Falls, Ontario
  • Manitoulin Island
  • Niagara Falls, Ontario
  • Uxbridge, Ontario
  • Schomberg, Ontario
  • King City, Ontario
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