Sion a Sian



Dai Jones

I B Gruffudd

Ieuan Rhys


Hostesses: Mair Rowlands, Mari Emlyn, Jenny Ogwen, Rosalind Lloyd, Gillian Elisa


Teledu Cymru / HTV Cymru, 22 April 1964 to 30 December 1967

Revived on HTV Cymru, 15 May 1971 to 1982

HTV for S4C, 1983 to 2003?


"Sion A... what?" I hear you cry. Never heard of it? In fact this was the original Welsh version of the programme which later became Mr and Mrs - first on Border and HTV then, from 1973, picked up nationally by ITV.

The longest-running presenter on the show was Dai Jones, a farmer, broadcaster and highly renowned singer rolled into one. So much so that during his 17 year tenure as host, he would often sing viewers' requests at the end of the show.

Despite the disastrous Julian Clary version in 1999, the programme had a good stab at a revival (HTV Wales for S4C) from 1996 to around 2003.


"Bant i'r Bocs" (To the box)

"Y'ch chi yn byw 'da'ch gilydd?" (You do live together?!)


Roy Ward Dickson


The original presenter of Sion a Sian, Dai Jones talks at length about the original version of the programme in his autobiography Dai And Let Live, which is a English translation of the original, Fi Dai Sy' 'Ma.

The show became so popular that HTV took the show on the road with special stage shows in local town halls and the like.


Picture 1 - S4C hosts, Ieuan Rhys and Gillian Elisa


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