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: Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales 1961

Dyffryn Maelor
The Opening Ceremony
President, Sir Thomas Parry - Williams President of the Eisteddfod Council
The ceremony will be televised direct from the Pavilion.
The scene described by Alun Williams.
Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Frenhinol Cymru: Y Seremoni Agor
(to 10.15)


Commentator: Alun Williams
Television presentation: Selwyn Roderick

: Newyddion

News in Welsh.
(Wenvoe, Blaen-Plwyf, Holme Moss, Sutton Coldfield)

: Heddiw

yn Eisted'dlfod Genedlaetliot Cymru Dyffrytn Maelor yng nghwmni OWEN EDWARDS RhagJen ddyddiol' dan. ofal IFOR REES, JACK WILLIAMS
Today: a topical magazine.
(Wenvoe, Blaen-Plwyf, Holme Moss, Sutton Coldfield)


Unknown: Jack Williams

: Bank Holiday Grandstand

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: The Adventures of Alice

by Lewis Carroll.
Adapted for television by Charles Lefeaux.
With Sonia Dresdel, Marian Spencer, Ernest Milton, Peter Sallis and Gillian Ferguson as Alice
Puppet sequences by Television Puppet Theatre
Last shown on December 23, 1960


Author: Lewis Carroll
Adapted for television by: Charles Lefeaux
Music composed and conducted by: Antony Hopkins
Director (puppet sequences): Gordon Murray
Producer: Charles Lefeaux
Lewis Carroll: Gordon Davies
Alice: Gillian Ferguson
Red Queen: Sonia Dresdel
The March Hare: Cyril Shaps
The Mad Hatter: Ernest Milton
The Dormouse: Carla Challoner
The Gryphon: Arthur Ridley
The Mock Turtle: Eric Shilling
The Caterpillar: Erik Chitty
Tweedledum: Barrie Cookson
Tweedledee: Peter Sallis
Redi King: Frederick Treves
White Queen: Marian Spencer
The Sheep: Vivienne Chatterton
Humpty Dumpty: David March
White King: Philip Ray
The Unicorn: Arthur Ridley
The Lion: Erik Chitty
White Knight: Geoffrey Bayldon
The Creature with a Long Beak: John Murray-Scott

: Today's Sport

Introduced by Alan Weeks.
A summary of today's sporting highlights including the finish of the Guards Trophy at Brands Hatch.
Presented by the Sportsview Unit


Presenter: Alan Weeks

: The News

: Town and Around

A news magazine for South-East England.

News from the South

: The Weather

: See the Ships - Meet the Men!

Each year some of the Royal Navy's home ports are 'open to the public'.
Tom Salmon and Keith Fordyce join visitors to H.M. Dockyard, Devonport, which is open over the holiday weekend for Plymouth Navy Days.
A recorded Outside Broadcast
From the West


Presenter: Tom Salmon
Presenter: Keith Fordyce
Producer: Ronald Webster

: Le Grand Cirque de France

Under the Big Top in Belgium.
With Philippe Gruss and his Panthers
Les Trois Andreanys on the Flying Trapeze
Rodolphe Gruss with the Carrousel Imperial
Dede and Les Girls, The Castors
Introduced by Peter West.
TV presentation by Barrie Edgar made with the co-operation of the Belgian Television Service
See page 19


Entertainers: Les Trois Andreanys
Performer: Rodolphe Gruss
Performer: Dede
Performers: Les Girls
Performers: The Castors
Orchestra directed by: Jean Laporte
Presenter: Peter West
TV presentation: Barrie Edgar

: Headline News

: Ask Anne

A television request show introduced by Anne Shelton and produced by Bryan Sears.
A series of programmes in which viewers choose the music and songs to be sung and played tonight by Anne Shelton and her guests Tommy Cooper, Roberto Cardinali, The Beryl Stott Singers.
Viewers taking part in this programme are interviewed by Patrick Feeny.


Singer/presenter: Anne Shelton
Producer: Bryan Sears
Guest: Tommy Cooper
Singer: Roberto Cardinali
Singers: The Beryl Stott Singers
Interviewer: Patrick Feeny
Musical director: Alec Firman
Film editor: Ken Cooper
Designer: Jane Barchard
Director: David Askey

: Rachel and the Stranger

A romantic adventure film starring William Holden, Loretta Young and Robert Mitchum.

To Rachel, a newcomer to the remote American Northwest territory in the days of early settlement, much was strange and everything an adventure. But nothing was stranger than her husband whom she met for the first time at the wedding ceremony.


Director: Norman Foster
Rachel: Loretta Young
Big Davey: William Holden
Jim: Robert Mitchum
Davey: Gary Gray
Parson Jackson: Tom Tully
Mrs Jackson: Sarah Haden

: Eyes of a Child

Amanda is blind but the time has come for her to be a school-girl. This film shows what life will be like for her at school.
Written and directed by Henry Lewes.
Made for the BBC by Film Partnership Ltd.


Photography: Arthur Wooster
Editor: John Glen
Writer/director: Henry Lewes
Producer: Robert Angell

: Living Jazz

A film about a day in the life of The Bruce Turner Jump Band.
'Here is an attempt to present both the public and the private face of jazz..... Jack Gold and his cameraman, Bryan Probyn, have an instinctive feeling for the way musicians should be visualised, and there are many passages of remarkable shooting'.


Subjects/musicians: The Bruce Turner Jump Band
Photographed by: Bryan Probyn
Editor: Alan Paul
Script: Alan Lovell
Director: Jack Gold

: Yr Eisteddfod Genedlaethol

Eilwaith o'r Wyl Alun Williams yn cyflwymo recorddaid o Seremoni Agor yr Eisteddfod yn. syth o'r Maes
The National Eisteddfod: recording of the Opening Ceremony
(Wenvoe, Blaen-Plwyf, Holme Moss, Sutton Coldfield, Crystal Palace)
(to 23.42)

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