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: Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales (Aberdare, 1956) Chairing the Bard

The winner of the competition for an ode composed in the traditional strict metre is enthroned in the Bardic Chair.
This ceremony is one of the great moments of the week. Until his name is proclaimed from the stage, and he stands in the audience, the identity of the winning poet is kept secret.
(Cadeirio'r Bardd: teledir y seremont yn syth o Bafiliwn yr Eisteddfod yn Aberdar)

Contributors

English commentary: Hywel Davies
Presented for television by: Dafydd Gruffydd

: Mainly for Women: About the Home

Shopping Suggestions
The month's best value in fruit, vegetables, and flowers discussed by Frances Perry.

An Unusual Craft
Madge Whiteman shows some of the R.A.F. badges she is carving in slate for St. Clement Dane's Church.

Packaged Meals
Marguerite Patten has some ideas for meals that are eaten away from home.

Hay-Box Cooking
Gordon A. McLeish shows how to make a four-canister hay box.

Introduced by Joan Gilbert.

Contributors

Presenter (Shopping Suggestions): Frances Perry
Presenter (An Unusual Craft): Madge Whiteman
Cook (Packaged Meals): Marguerite Patten
Presenter (Hay-Box Cooking): Gordon A. McLeish
Presenter: Joan Gilbert
Producer: Ann Shead

: Watch with Mother: Rag, Tag, and Bobtail

David Enders tells the story.
Sam and Elizabeth Williams make the pictures

Contributors

Narrator: David Enders
Pictures: Sam Williams
Pictures: Elizabeth Williams
Script: Louise Cochrane

: Children's Television

Country Close-Up
The August edition of a monthly series of film programmes about the countryside.

Carnival in Venice
with Henry Zeisel and his Orchestra.

Junior Sportsview
Introduced by Cliff Michelmore.
A fortnightly series of programmes presenting news and views from the world of sport.

Contributors

Commentary (Country Close-Up): Ion Trant
Musicians (Carnival in Venice): Henry Zeisel and his Orchestra
Presented by (Carnival in Venice): Desmond O'Donovan
Presenter (Junior Sportsview): Cliff Michelmore
Editor (Junior Sportsview): Paul Fox
Editor (Junior Sportsview): Ronnie Noble
Presented by (Junior Sportsview): Alan Rees

: Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Frenhinol Cymru (Aberdar, 1956) Ar Y Maes

Heno, gerllaw'r Pafiliwn yn Aberdar, bydd Ifan 0. Williams yn cyflwyno rhai o gymeriadau y fro ac yn sgwrsio a Eisteddfodwyr o bedwar ban byd
Y telediad dan ofal Selwyn Roderick

Contributors

Unknown: Selwyn Roderick

: Highlight

People, events, comments of today.
Introduced by Geoffrey Johnson Smith.

Contributors

Presenter: Geoffrey Johnson Smith

: Romulus and Remus

A programme in which Derek Bond introduces scenes from films made by the Romulus and Remus Film Companies, and including an interview with the chairman, John Woolf.
Film excerpts include:
"Pandora and the Flying Dutchman" (Ava Gardner and James Mason)
"The African Queen" (Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart)
"Innocents in Paris" (Alastair Sim)
"Moulin Rouge" (Zsa Zsa Gabor and Jose Ferrer)
"Beat the Devil" (Gina Lollobrigida)
"I Am a Camera" (Julie Harris and Laurence Harvey)
With scenes from their latest productions:
"The Iron Petticoat" (Katharine Hepburn and Bob Hope)
"Sailor Beware" (Peggy Mount)
"Dry Rot" (Ronald Shiner)
"Three Men In a Boat"
See page 6

Contributors

Presenter/interviewer: Derek Bond
Interviewee: John Woolf
Pandora Reynolds (Pandora and the Flying Dutchman): Ava Gardner
Hendrik van der Zee (Pandora and the Flying Dutchman): James Mason
Rose Sayer (The African Queen): Katharine Hepburn
Charlie Allnut (The African Queen): Humphrey Bogart
Sir Norman Barker (Innocents in Paris): Alastair Sim
Jane Avril (Moulin Rouge): Zsa Zsa Gabor
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (Moulin Rouge): Jose Ferrer
Maria Dannreuther (Beat the Devil): Gina Lollobrigida
Sally Bowles (I Am a Camera): Julie Harris
Christopher Isherwood (I Am a Camera): Laurence Harvey
Captain Vinka Kovelenko (The Iron Petticoat): Katharine Hepburn
Major Charles "Chuck" Lockwood (The Iron Petticoat): Bob Hope
Emma Hornett (Sailor Beware): Peggy Mount
Alf Tubbe (Dry Rot): Ronald Shiner
Presented by: Alan Sleath

: The Gambler

An adaptation by Norman Ginsbury of the story by Dostoevsky.
[Starring] Hermione Baddeley, Rosalie Crutchley, James Donald with Peter Wyngarde and Andree Melly
James Donald as Alexei Ivanovitch
(Tony Richardson produces by permission of the English Stage Company)
What can one possibly do at a place called Roulettenberg except play roulette? Technically it is a spa, and some of the characters do talk of taking the waters, but it is the casino rather than the spring which draws them to this part of the Rhine; it is to the whirling table and the spinning ball that they devote themselves.
And with what devotion! The Gambler is a study in obsession, an account of the way in which the hoarse call of the croupier is answered without regard to the cost in terms of money or lives.
In the first stages of the play it is simply money which drives the principal characters to the casino. The General is up to his ears in debt; even his step-daughter Polina's inheritance is mortgaged to the Marquis de Grieux who thus dogs their very footsteps awaiting repayment. This cannot be long delayed for the general's aunt is dying (are there not perpetual telegrams saying so?) and then he will be able to clear his debts and marry the merry-eyed Mlle. Blanche.
In the midst of all this, half-spectator, half-participant, stands the tutor Alexei Ivanovitch, poor himself (his wages are always in arrears) and tortured by Polina whom he loves but who flaunts before him her link with de Grieux and a potential liaison with a wealthy Englishman.
Alexei hates the casino; he hates his ill-luck and despises the crudity and the cupidity of those who play there. But he is driven to play himself to try to get money for Polina. She spurs him on; others use him too; and then the fever sets in....
(Elwyn Jones)

Contributors

Adapter: Norman Ginsbury
Author: Dostoevsky
Producer: Tony Richardson
Designer: Stephen Taylor
General Zagoriansky: Peter Illing
Polina, his step-daughter: Rosalie Crutchley
Alexei Ivanovitch, tutor to the General's children: James Donald
Mlle. Blanche de Cominges: Andree Melly
Marquis de Grieux: Peter Wyngarde
Mr. Astley: Gordon Whiting
Baboulinka, the General's aunt: Hermione Baddeley
Potapitch, manservant to Baboulinka: Gerald Lawson
Baron von Burmerhelm: Boris Ranevsky
Baroness von Burmerhelm: Elaine Inescort
Croupier: John Wood

: What's in a Picture?

Kenneth Adam asks Denzil Batchelor, C. H. Gibbs-Smith, Rex Palmer and Anne Scott-James in a programme that brings you into the picture.

Contributors

Presenter/devised by: Kenneth Adam
Panellist: Denzil Batchelor
Panellist: C. H. Gibbs-Smith
Panellist: Rex Palmer
Panellist: Anne Scott-James
Devised by: John Myers
Presented by: Michael Barsley

: News

: The Lyra Zither Club

From the village of Knittelfeld, Austria in a programme of zither solos yodelling, and folk dances.
(A BBC telerecording)
Followed by The Weather; Road Works Report and Close Down








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