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)
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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.
Marguerite Patten has some ideas for meals that are eaten away from home.
Gordon A. McLeish shows how to make a four-canister hay box.
Introduced by Joan Gilbert.
Item presenter (Shopping Suggestions):
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Cook (Packaged Meals):
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David Enders tells the story.
Sam and Elizabeth Williams make the pictures
The August edition of a monthly series of film programmes about the countryside.
Carnival in Venice
with Henry Zeisel and his Orchestra.
Introduced by Cliff Michelmore.
A fortnightly series of programmes presenting news and views from the world of sport.
Commentary (Country Close-Up):
Musicians (Carnival in Venice):
Henry Zeisel and his
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Presenter (Junior Sportsview):
Editor (Junior Sportsview):
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Heno, gerllaw'r Pafiliwn yn Aberdar, bydd Ifan O. Williams yn cyflwyno rhai o gymeriadau y fro ac yn sgwrsio a Eisteddfodwyr o bedwar ban byd
Y telediad dan ofal Selwyn Roderick
(Wenvoe, Holme Moss and Sutton Coldfield only)
People, events, comments of today.
Introduced by Geoffrey Johnson Smith.
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"
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Pandora Reynolds (Pandora and the Flying Dutchman):
Hendrik van der Zee (Pandora and the Flying Dutchman):
Rose Sayer (The African Queen):
Charlie Allnut (The African Queen):
Sir Norman Barker (Innocents in Paris):
Jane Avril (Moulin Rouge):
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (Moulin Rouge):
Maria Dannreuther (Beat the Devil):
Sally Bowles (I Am a Camera):
Christopher Isherwood (I Am a Camera):
Captain Vinka Kovelenko (The Iron Petticoat):
Major Charles "Chuck" Lockwood (The Iron Petticoat):
Emma Hornett (Sailor Beware):
Alf Tubbe (Dry Rot):
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....
Polina, his step-daughter:
Alexei Ivanovitch, tutor to the General's children:
Mlle. Blanche de Cominges:
Marquis de Grieux:
Baboulinka, the General's aunt:
Potapitch, manservant to Baboulinka:
Baron von Burmerhelm:
Baroness von Burmerhelm:
Kenneth Adam asks Denzil Batchelor, C. H. Gibbs-Smith, Rex Palmer and Anne Scott-James in a programme that brings you into the picture.
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