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: Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales (Ystradgynlais, 1954): Chairing the Bard

The winner of the competition for composing an ode 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- even from the winner himself.
(Cadeirio'r Bardd: teledir y seremoni yn syth o Baflliwn yr Eisteddfod yn Ystradgynlais)


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

: About the Home

Practical help for the housewife.
Presented by Jasmine Bligh.

Tuning Up
Eileen Fowler offers more exercises and special advice on how to walk properly.

Glass of Fashion
Mary Hill reviews Cecil Beaton's recent book.

From Glasgow: Cookery
Traditional ways of making Scottish dishes.

Old Nylons
Edith Barham shows an easy way to make flowers from old nylon stockings.


Presenter: Jasmine Bligh
Exceriser (Tuning Up): Eileen Fowler
Reviewer (Glass of Fashion): Mary Hill
Item presenter (Old Nylons): Edith Barham
Producer: S. E. Reynolds

: Watch with Mother: Rag, Tag, and Bobtail

For the Very Young
Charles E. Stidwill tells the story.
Sam and Elizabeth Williams make the pictures
(A BBC Television Film)
(to 16.15)


Narrator: Charles E. Stidwill
Pictures: Sam Williams
Pictures: Elizabeth Williams
Script: Louise Cochrane

: Children's Television

Children's Newsreel

My Uncle Rollo
A play for television by George Wingate.

(to 17.40)


Writer (My Uncle Rollo): George Wingate
Producer (My Uncle Rollo): Rex Tucker
Designer (My Uncle Rollo): Eileen Diss
Uncle Rollo: Oliver Burt
John: Anthony Valentine
Heppon: Arthur Lowe
Eyebrows: Charles Farrell
Alexander: Ewen Solon
Constable Eccles: Reginald Hartnell Stone

: News and Newsreel

including Weather Report.

: Science Review

A film review of recent research and discovery in science and industry.


Arranged by: Norman MacQueen
Edited and compiled by: George Noordhof

: Amos 'n' Andy: Jewellery Store Robbery

The seventh of a series of television films based on the American radio comedy show.


Amos: Alvin Childress
Andy: Spencer Williams
The Kingfish: Tim Moore
Sapphire: Ernestine Wade

: Where on Earth?

A challenge to travellers.
Chairman: Alan Houghton Brodrick
Travellers: John Betjeman, Julian Duguid, Rene MacColl


Chairman: Alan Houghton Brodrick
Traveller: John Betjeman
Traveller: Julian Duguid
Traveller: Rene MacColl
Presented by: David Attenborough

: Mrs. Dot

A comedy by W. Somerset Maugham.
[Starring] Sonia Dresdel, Fabia Drake, Jack Watling, Alan Wheatley

The action takes place early in the century in Gerald Halstane's rooms in London, and at Mrs. Dot's country house on the Thames.


Writer: W. Somerset Maugham
Producer: Stephen Harrison
Designer: Richard R. Greenough
Charles, Gerald's servant: John Vere
Mr Wright: John Howlett
Mr Rixon: Roddy Hughes
Gerald Halstane: Jack Watling
James Blenkinsop: Alan Wheatley
Freddie Perkins: Jeremy Brett
'Mrs Dot' (Mrs Worthley): Sonia Dresdel
Lady Sellenger: Fabia Drake
Nellie Sellenger: June Thorburn
Aunt Eliza (Miss MacGregor): Una Venning
George, Blenkinsop's servant: Edmund Gray
Butler at Mrs Dot's: Alban Blakelock

: News

(sound only)

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