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: Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales, 1953: Crowning The Bard

Television cameras cover the proceedings, and an English commentary is given by Hywel Davies.
One of the main competitions in the national Eisteddfod is the composition of a poem in free-verse on a given theme. The winning poet if crowned with all the traditional pomp and ceremony of the Gorsedd of Bards of the Isle of Britain.

Coroni'r Bardd
Teledir y seremoni yn syth o Bafiliwn yr Eisteddfod yn y Rhyl.


English commentary: Hywel Davies
Presented for television by: David J. Thomas

: Leisure and Pleasure

Introduced by Jeanne Heal.

I'd like you to meet...: Yvonne Mitchell

Dona Salmon tells the story of a Victorian scrapbook screen. On August 25 Ida Hughes Stanton will show how to make a modern one.

Paul Jennings recalls summer memories, and regrets in particular the disappearance of the friendly steam-roller.

Diana Poulton introduces music for the lute and Wilfred Brown (tenor) sings traditional songs.


Presenter: Jeanne Heal
Speaker (I'd like you to meet...): Yvonne Mitchell
Storyteller (Souvenirs): Dona Salmon
Item presenter (Nostalgia): Paul Jennings
Lutist (Music): Diana Poulton
Tenor (Music): Wilfred Brown
Editor: Jacqueline Kennish
Producer: S. E. Reynolds

: Watch with Mother: Andy Pandy

For the very young
Maria Bird brings Andy to play with your small children and invites them to join in songs and games.
Audrey Atterbury and Molly Gibson pull the strings
Gladys Whitred sings the songs
(A BBC television film)
(to 16.15)


Narrator/script, music and settings: Maria Bird
Puppeteer: Audrey Atterbury
Puppeteer: Molly Gibson
Singer: Gladys Whitred

: Children's Television

A visit to the Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales.
The Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales is a great festival in which Welsh people of all ages compete in writing poetry, singing, acting, composing, painting.
The Eisteddfod lasts a whole week, but today is specially reserved for the young. Television cameras take you to the Pavilion to see some of the competitions and to how how an Eisteddfod is conducted.

Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Frenhinol Cymru 1953
Dyma gyfle ichi droi i mewn am ychydig i Bafiliwn yr Eisteddfod i gael gweld a chlywed rhai o'r cystadleuwyr yn yr Eisteddfod ar ddiwrnod mawr y plant.

The Story of The Treasure Seekers: 4 - The "G.B." and Lord Tottenham
The adventures of the Bastable children in search of a fortune.
Adapted from the book by E. Nesbit and produced by Dorothea Brooking.

(to 17.45)


Commentator (Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales): Alun Williams
Presented for television by (Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales): David J. Thomas
Settings (The Story of The Treasure Seekers): Richard Henry
Author (The Story of The Treasure Seekers): E. Nesbit
Adapted and producer (The Story of The Treasure Seekers): Dorothea Brooking
The Bastables: Oswald: Wilfrid Downing
The Bastables: Dora: Isla Richardson
The Bastables: Dicky: Ernest Downing
The Bastables: Alice: Caroline Denzil
The Bastables: Noel: Anthony Lang
The Bastables: H O: Sonny Doran
The Bastables: Father: Oliver Burt
Mr. Rosenbaum: Hugo Schuster
His maid: Rosamunde Tattersall
Lord Tottenham: Peter Grisewood
Pincher: Himself

: The Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales, 1953: The Archdruid of Wales

The Rev. A.E. Jones (whose bardic name is 'Cynan') is well known throughout Wales as a preacher, poet, and dramatist.
This year he completes his term of office as Archdruid of Wales and tonight in an interview with Hywel Davies he tells something of the background and history of the great cultural festival - the National Eisteddfod of Wales.
Yr Archdderwydd Cynan
Heno fe fydd Hywel Davies yn cyfiwyno'r Archdderwydd ac yn sgwrsio gydag ef am yr Eisteddfod a'i thraddodiad


Interviewee: Rev. A. E. Jones
Interviewer: Hywel Davies

: The Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales, 1953: The Children's Concert

Today is Children's Day at the Eisteddfod and tonight television cameras cover part of the concert given in the Pavilion by children brought together from all the Secondary Schools in Flintshire.

Cyngerdd leuenctid
Dyma ddiwrnod mawr y plant a'r bobl ifainc yn yr Eisteddfod, a heno teledir rhan o'r gyngerdd a roddir gan blant y Sir yn y Pafiliwn.


English commentary: Alun Williams
Presented for television by: David J. Thomas

: The Noble Spaniard

A comedy by W. Somerset Maugham from the French by Grenet-Dancourt.
[Starring] Peter Cushing and Frances Rowe
The action of the play takes place in a villa at Boulogne in the year 1850.


Author: W. Somerset Maugham
Author (original French play): Ernest Grenet-Dancourt
Producer: Stuart Latham
Settings designer: Stewart Marshall
Lady Proudfoot: Ruth Taylor
Mr. Justice Proudfoot, her husband: Lloyd Pearson
Marion Nairne: Frances Rowe
Lucy, her sister: Dorothy Primrose
Mary Jane, a maid: Helen Lindsay
Captain Chalford: James Gilbert
Count de Moret: Terence Alexander
Countess de Moret, his English wife: Elizabeth Gray
The Duke of Hermanos: Peter Cushing

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