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

Television cameras watch the winner of the competition for composing an ode in the traditional strict metre being ceremonially enthroned in the Bardic Chair.
Here again 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 - even from the winner himself.

Cadeirio'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

: For Women

Practical help for the housewife.
Presented by Jasmine Bligh.
Weather permitting, the programme today will take place in the television garden.

Francis Perry suggests work to be done now in the flower and vegetable beds.

Mary Gilbert shows a selection of modern electrical appliances for use in the home.

R. J. Williams gives an introduction to profitable rabbit keeping.


Presenter: Jasmine Bligh
Item presenter: Francis Perry
Item presenter: Mary Gilbert
Item presenter: R. J. Williams
Edited and produced by: 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

Children's Newsreel

All Your Own
A programme in which children all over Great Britain have been invited to take part.

(to 17.50)


Editor (All Your Own): Cliff Michelmore
Pianist (All Your Own): Steve Race
Presented by (All Your Own): Peter Graham Scott

: Golden Rain

A play by R. F. Delderfield.
Adapted for television by Nigel Kneale.
[Starring] Brian Worth and Rona Anderson

The action of the play is in the old rectory of a country village, Tidingforde-Stukeley.


Author: R.F. Delderfield
Adapted for television by: Nigel Kneale
Roger Strawbridge: Brian Worth
Catherine Strawbridge: Rona Anderson

: Interlude

: Newsreel

: Speedway Racing

Sixteen international stars take part in an Invitation Scratch Event.
Viewers see four heats, two semi-finals, and the final.
From the Empire Stadium, Wembley.


Commentator: Peter Dimmock

: Stubbs - Painter and Anatomist

Basil Taylor discusses and illustrates the work and character of George Stubbs (1724-1806), one of the most remarkable painters of his time.


Presenter: Basil Taylor
Presented by: Paul Johnstone

: Weather Forecast and News

(sound only)

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This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

Through the listings, you will also be able to use the Genome search function to find thousands of radio and TV programmes that are already available to view or listen to on the BBC website.

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