Jenny Kenna

After a career in theatre, cabaret and television as an actress and singer and appearing in programmes such as ‘Are You Being Served’, ‘The Les Dawson Show’ and the ‘The Generation Game’ with both Bruce Forsyth and Larry Grayson, Jenny’s creative skills led to her writing and designing her own characters for children’s TV.  Several series called jenny-kenna‘The Windfalls’ for ITV were made for young audiences which Jenny also presented.  Her stories and characters were so popular that they were developed into a 13 part animation series, which were written, designed and directed by Jenny and produced at the famous animation studios of ‘FilmFair’, where ‘Paddington Bear’ and the ‘Wombles’ were made.

Many television appearances associated with her series followed in the UK as well as for German and Swedish TV.

Jenny wrote regular stories and articles for the magazines ‘Play and Learn’ and ‘Watch’, which was the junior wing of the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts.  It’s now called ‘Wildlife Watch’.

As well as working with John Inman in ‘Are You Being Served?’ Jenny appeared in many of his stage shows.  They became great friends and Jenny wrote and developed ‘Green Fingers’ another children’s series for John.

Married to Brian Lidstone who had an acting school near their home in London’s Notting Hill, they moved to West Wales in 2002.  Jenny loves the tranquillity and beauty of Carmarthenshire but occasionally misses City life. Yet, when visiting London, she can’t wait to return to her home overlooking Carmarthen Bay where many of her ancestors had lived.

Researching ‘Susan’s Secrets: A Victorian Kitchen in Wales’  has been a wonderful and nostalgic experience for Jenny.  She hopes to be able to continue this journey by giving talks around the country about her grandmother’s cookery notebook and demonstrating the delicious recipes in it.