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  1. The death of Richard Burton

    Tuesday 5 August 2014, 08:27

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    Opinion is divided as to the quality of many – if not most – of Richard Burton's films. Yet there is no doubt that the man was a superb actor with a magnificent baritone voice who could, if he had chosen to remain acting on the stage, become a name as great as Olivier.

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  2. The death of the Hanging Judge

    Thursday 17 April 2014, 09:33

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    The date 18 April may not mean much to most people but on that spring day in 1689 Judge George Jeffreys, the famous 'Hanging Judge' of the 17th century, finally died, appropriately enough in the Tower of London.

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  3. My grandfather and me

    Friday 28 February 2014, 11:58

    Hannah Ellis Hannah Ellis

    Hannah Ellis, granddaughter of Dylan Thomas talks about his work at the BBC.

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  4. 'E.T. galw adref': Elliott speaks Welsh

    Friday 28 February 2014, 09:56

    Owen Williams Owen Williams

    "Mae Elliott yn siarad Cymraeg?!" (Elliot speaks Welsh?)

    "Well, yes... well, no... Not Elliott - the actor who played him - Henry J. Thomas Jr."

    "Really?"

    "Yes... well, I think so... hang on, I'll find out."

    That was essentially the gist of a conversation I had in August 2012 with a colleague of mine at...

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  5. Wynford Vaughan Thomas, Welsh broadcaster

    Tuesday 4 February 2014, 10:31

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    To put it in the vernacular, the Welsh have always been portrayed as having ‘the gift of the gab.’ As someone knowingly, but confusingly, once said “the Welsh could talk for England.”

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  6. Born on this day: Shirley Bassey

    Wednesday 8 January 2014, 09:39

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    The life of Shirley Bassey is a genuine rags to riches story, one filled with amazing success and more than a few tragedies.

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  7. Our best bits from 2013

    Friday 3 January 2014, 15:57

    Martin Aaron Martin Aaron

    A look back over highlights from 2013 for BBC Cymru Wales

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  8. Welsh Christmas birthdays

    Friday 20 December 2013, 12:53

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    When you look at the lives of famous Welshmen it is amazing to see how many of them were born during the Christmas period. Indeed, so many great actors, sportsmen and politicians entered the world around Christmas time that it's tempting to think some propitious guiding star was looking down on Wales...

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  9. Wilf Wooller: centenary of a Welsh sporting great

    Tuesday 20 November 2012, 10:31

    Rhodri Owen Rhodri Owen

    No-one compiling a list of the greatest Welsh sportsmen and women could afford to leave out the name of Wilf Wooller, who was born 100 years ago this month in Rhos on Sea, Denbighshire.

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  10. Dylan Thomas' probate record shows £100 left to Caitlin

    Thursday 24 May 2012, 10:56

    Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain

    It's news that perhaps won't surprise many people given his penchant for a small dram or two but the will of Dylan Thomas, which has been now been published online, reveals that the Welsh poet left very little wealth behind him after his death.

    Genealogy website ancestry.co.uk has published the wills...

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  11. Born on this day: Tommy Cooper

    Monday 19 March 2012, 09:30

    Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain

    Loved for his on-stage magic trick buffoonery, trademark Fez hat and infectious laugh, comedian Tommy Cooper was born on this day in 1921.

    Though Cooper's family moved to his mother's native Devon when he was just a few years old, the comedian was born in Caerphilly...

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  12. Vernon Watkins, Swansea's other poet

    Friday 9 March 2012, 10:55

    Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain

    This weekend's Sunday Feature on Radio 3 explores the life and works of Vernon Watkins, a Swansea poet and member of the Kardomah Gang often overlooked as 'the friend of Dylan Thomas'.

    In the programme Swansea's Other Poet, which will broadcast this Sunday 11 March, the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan...

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  13. Remembering Terry Nation

    Thursday 8 March 2012, 16:20

    Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain

    This Friday, 9 March, marks the 15th anniversary of the death of screenwriter and novelist Terry Nation, the creator of one of Doctor Who's most terrifying enemies, the Daleks.

    Terry Nation was born in Llandaff in Cardiff on 8 August 1930. A keen reader...

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  14. Welsh actor Philip Madoc dies aged 77

    Monday 5 March 2012, 14:24

    Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain

    Welsh actor Philip Madoc, famous for stage and screen roles including The Life and Times of David Lloyd George, has died aged 77 after a short illness.

    The Merthyr Tydfil-born actor starred in many hit television dramas such as Doctor Who and A Mind To Kill, as well as one of most famous episodes of...

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  15. Peter Gill on his new production for National Theatre Wales

    Tuesday 7 February 2012, 14:05

    Polly March Polly March

    One of the giants of British theatre is to bring his interpretation of a poignant Chekhov tale to audiences at the newly refurbished Sherman Theatre in Cardiff.

    Despite growing up in Cardiff, Peter Gill's lengthy and illustrious career has never once seen him direct a play in his home city, until now...

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  16. Artist Tim Davies joins Artes Mundi team

    Friday 20 January 2012, 11:15

    Polly March Polly March

    Artes Mundi, the team behind the UK's largest international visual art prize, have welcomed Welsh artist Tim Davies onto their board.

    Davies, who is head of fine art at Swansea Metropolitan University, was the only European artist shortlisted for the prestigious award in its first-ever year in 2004...

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  17. Alexandra Roach on playing a young Margaret Thatcher and a big year ahead

    Monday 2 January 2012, 09:30

    Polly March Polly March

    Most jobbing actors leaving drama school can expect months and possibly years of scraping by, existing on bit parts and leaving countless auditions downhearted.

    Not so for Ammanford actor and recent Rada graduate Alexandra Roach, for whom the 18 months since graduating can only be described as something...

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  18. Joe Dunthorne on his latest novel, new ideas and looking forward to a well-earned break

    Monday 7 November 2011, 17:25

    Polly March Polly March

    It's fair to say that the success of his début novel, Submarine, opened a string of doors for Swansea author Joe Dunthorne.

    Five years ago he was a creative writing graduate dreaming of getting published, now he has two novels, a film adaptation, two mini-collections of poetry and a literary prize under...

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  19. 13 September: Roald Dahl Day

    Monday 12 September 2011, 16:23

    Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain

    Tuesday 13 September marks the annual Roald Dahl Day, a celebration of the life and work of the Cardiff-born author on what would have been his 95th birthday.

    Read an article by Wales History blogger Phil Carradice about Roald Dahl and his Cardiff connection, plus read a blog post I wrote last year...

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  20. Welsh born actor Andy Whitfield loses cancer battle

    Monday 12 September 2011, 09:58

    Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain

    Actor Andy Whitfield, who was born in Amlwch on Anglesey, has lost his battle with cancer at the age of just 39.

    Whitfield starred in the controversial but popular American television series Spartacus: Blood And Sand. He was forced to take a break from the show when diagnosed with stage 1 non-Hodgkin...

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