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: Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales (Llangefni 1957): Chairing the Bard

This afternoon the Gorsedd of Bards of the Isle of Britain assemble to honour this year's chaired bard.
The poet who will today be enthroned in the Bardic Chair will have won a nation-wide competition for an ode in the traditional strict metres of Welsh poetry. His poem was submitted under a pseudonym and his identity will not be known until he presents himself to the Archdruid of Wales.
(Cadeirio'r Bardd: Teledir yn seremoni yn syth o Bafiliwn yr Eisteddfod yn Llangefni)


Commentator: Alun Williams
Presented for television by: Selwyn Roderick

: Mainly for Women: About the Home

My Friend Sheltie
A weekly series in which Stanley Dangerfield, Chief Steward of Cruft's, reports on the care and training of Sheltie, his new Shetland sheepdog puppy, and suggests other animals which make attractive pets.

Learning How
Eleanor Summerfield, instructed by Frank Preston, shows how to paint doors and windows.

Introduced by Joan Gilbert.


Reporter (My Friend Sheltie): Stanley Dangerfield
Item presenter (Learning How): Eleanor Summerfield
Handyman (Learning How): Frank Preston
Producer (Learning How): S. E. Reynolds
Presenter: Joan Gilbert
Producer: Ann Shead

: Watch with Mother: Rag, Tag, and Bobtail

For the Very Young
Charles E. Stidwill tells the story.
Sam and Elizabeth Williams make the pictures
(to 16.00)


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

: Children's Television presents: Champion the Wonder Horse: The Golden Hoax

Ricky's old prospector pal gets on the trail of some nuggets, only to discover they are being faked. The fakers throw him into a mine-but they have reckoned without Ricky, Champion, and Rebel.


The Wonder Horse: Champion
Rebel, the Dog: Blaze
Ricky North: Barry Curtis
Uncle Sandy: Jim Bannon

: Children's Television: Junior Sportsview

Introduced by Max Robertson.
A fortnightly series presenting news and views from the world of sport.


Presenter: Max Robertson
Editor: Paul Fox
Editor: Ronnie Noble
Presented by: Bryan Cowgill

: Children's Television: Cornelius

A little white mouse with a problem.
The story is told by Vera McKechnie with illustrations by Tony Hart.


Narrator: Vera McKechnie
Illustrator: Tony Hart

: The Weather

: Tonight

Look around with Cliff Michelmore.
Sport - Music - Politics - People
Cinema - Theatre - Travel
with Derek Hart, Geoffrey Johnson Smith, Macdonald Hastings and this week, Rory McEwen.


Presenter: Cliff Michelmore
Reporter: Derek Hart
Reporter: Geoffrey Johnson Smith
Reporter: Macdonald Hastings
Singer/guitarist: Rory McEwen
Producer: Donald Baverstock

: Beauty Box

Harriette Johns introduces a lighthearted entertainment including Eddie McDonald,
Arthur English, The Blonde Toppers, Nat Temple and his Orchestra.


Presenter: Harriette Johns
Singer: Eddie McDonald
Comedian: Arthur English
Dancers: The Blonde Toppers
Musicians: Nat Temple and his Orchestra
Dance direction: Larry Gordon
Musical arrangements: Ken Thorne
Producer: Richard Afton

: Sheep's Clothing

[Starring] Digby Wolfe
also starring Lorrae Desmond, Ronnie Corbett, Vie Riscoe, John Baskcomb, Larry Taylor.


Comedian: Digby Wolfe
[Actress]: Lorrae Desmond
Valet: Ronnie Corbett
[Actress]: Vie Riscoe
[Actor]: John Baskcomb
[Actor]: Larry Taylor
Orchestra conducted by: George Clouston
Scriptwriter: S. C. Green
Scriptwriter: R. M. Hills
Producer: Russell Turner

: The Orange Orchard

by Eden Phillpotts.
From the BBC's West of England television studio
See facing page


Writer: Eden Phillpotts
Designer: Desmond Chinn
Producer: Brandon Acton-Bond
Tom White: Wilfred Babbage
Maude White: Constance Chapman
Martha Blanchard: Ethel Coleridge
Ivy Caunter: Dorothy White
Nelly Parsons: Audrey Noble
Nicholas White: John Drake
Arthur Brimblecombe: Jan Stewer
Police Sergeant Caunter: Lewis Gedge
Reginald Forbes: Keith Pyott
Jimmy: John Levitt
Mr Pilcher: Frank Atkinson

: The Englishman's Home

John Betjeman visits Uppark in Sussex.
Set high on the South Downs, Uppark was built at the end of the 17th century in the Queen Anne style. In 1746 it was bought and greatly enriched by Sir Matthew Fetherstonhaugh. His son, Sir Harry, when over seventy, married his head dairy-maid, and today we can be grateful to her for preserving everything at Uppark as it was.
The third in a series of seven programmes
See facing page


Presenter: John Betjeman
Edited and produced by: John Vernon

: Early to Braden

with A Baby, a Bird, Some People and Bernard Braden.
Material at piano written by Ted Allan
Scripts by a host of others


Comedian: Bernard Braden
Pianist/writer: Ted Allan
Producer: Philip Barker

: Glyndebourne 1957

Spike Hughes introduces Glyndebourne 1957
On Thursday, August 15, BBC Television visits the Glyndebourne Festival Opera for the sixth successive year.
Act 2 of Rossini's comic opera 'Le Comte Ory' has been chosen for this occasion, and tonight Spike Hughes tells us something of Rossini, his opera, and the famous opera house in which the programme will take place.


Presenter: Spike Hughes

: News

followed by Weather; Road Works Report and Close Down

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