Gwlad y Gân (English: Land of Song) was a monthly television series that was broadcast on the United Kingdom television network ITV from 1958 to 1964. Featuring traditional Welsh music and song, with costumed performers and choreography, the programme went out on early Sunday evenings.
The series, starring Welsh baritone Ivor Emmanuel and supporting cast, expressed a set of ‘feel-good’ values that were wholesome, folksy, rustic, fun-loving and family-oriented.
When Land of Song began in 1958, its only direct rival in providing musical variety on TV was the BBC’s The Black and White Minstrel Show. The Mitchell Minstrels had gained instant popularity from their first appearance in a one-off special in 1957, going on to become perennial favourites well into the 1970s.
Wait, it’s only rival was what?
The Black and White Minstrel Show was a popular British light entertainment show that ran for twenty years on BBC prime-time television.
In 1967 the Campaign Against Racial Discrimination presented a petition to the BBC calling for the show to be cancelled. In 1968, the BBC experimented with a version of the show called Masquerade, where the main singers appeared without blackface and the black singers wore whiteface.
What the fuck?
The BBC1 TV show was cancelled in 1978 as part of a reduction in variety programming (by this point the blackface element had been reduced)
Since its cancellation in 1978, The Black and White Minstrel Show has come to be seen widely as an embarrassment