Welsh Rarebit (radio programme)

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Welsh Rarebit was a Welsh radio variety show broadcast from Cardiff by the BBC. First transmitted in 1938 as part of the BBC Welsh Regional Programme, it became the main English-language entertainment programme from the BBC in Wales during the Second World War. The show's most lasting legacy is its closing song, We'll Keep a Welcome (in the Hillsides). The show takes it name from the Welsh cuisine of the same name.

Programme history[edit]

Welsh Rarebit was first broadcast in the Welsh Regional Programme in July 1938. With the outbreak of the Second World War it was broadcast to the whole of the United Kingdom in the unified BBC Home Service. The programme was mainly a variety show, but also ran regular features such as Eynon Evans as "Tommy Troubles" and Dai's Letter to the Forces, a sentimental reflection of life in Wales read by Lyn Joshua.[1] From 1941 the show was produced by Mai Jones, who also produced other programmes such as Saturday Starlight. Welsh Rarebit featured a host of Welsh entertainers, many of whom became household names; regulars included Wyn Calvin, Maudie Edwards, Eynon Evans, Vera Meazey, Gladys Morgan, Ossie Morris, Harry Secombe, Stan Stennett, and Albert and Les Ward.[1] At its peak the programme attracted 12 million listeners and remains one of the most popular entertainment shows produced from Wales.[2]

In 1948 the show was transferred to the BBC Light Programme where it continued to run until July 1951.[1] In 1951 the programme had a limited run as a BBC television show, with Eynon Evans continuing his role as "Tommy Troubles".

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  1. ^ a b c Davies, John; Jenkins, Nigel (2008). The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. ISBN 978-0-7083-1953-6. 
  2. ^ Dan O'Neill (20 July 2010). "Welsh Rarebit, radio hit to remember". South Wales Echo. Retrieved 7 June 2011.