TO MOST people they belong back in a world of shillings and half-crowns.
But black and white television is still going strong in Huddersfield.
New figures released on the 40th anniversary of the first colour broadcasts show that 110 people in the town still have a black and white TV licence.
Twenty people in Dewsbury and 20 in Batley are also sticking with black and white, according to TV Licensing.
Nationally, 28,000 homes still have black and white sets, paying only £48 a year for a TV licence – compared with £142.50 for a colour licence.
TV Licensing spokesman Phil Reed said: “It’s important people are aware of their legal responsibilities. Whether you watch in black and white on a 40-year-old TV set or in colour on a brand new 37-inch LCD flatscreen, you need to be covered by a TV licence if watching or recording programmes as they are broadcast.
“The same is true if you access programmes via the internet as they are being shown on TV – if you’re using a laptop, mobile phone, games console or any other device.”
Yesterday was the 40th anniversary of the first colour broadcasts on BBC1 and ITV.
BBC1’s first colour programme was a Petula Clark concert from the Royal Albert Hall while ITV ushered in the brave new world with a five-minute traffic report. The first colour commercial was for Bird’s Eye Peas.
There were 200,000 colour TVs in 1969. Colour televisions did not outnumber black and white sets until 1976.
Ian Lavender, Pike of comedy series Dad’s Army, recalls the early days of colour TV.
He said: “I remember we bought our first colour television set to watch the third series of Dad’s Army which had been recorded in colour.
“I was also the first actor to be killed by a colour TV set on colour TV in Z Cars when a robbery went wrong and the TV set was dropped on me from a great height by Nicholas Jones.”
Colour TV was first demonstrated way back in 1928 by John Logie Baird, the inventor of television. He showed a meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science a short film of a basket of strawberries.
His grandson Iain Logie Baird, curator of television at the National Media Museum in Bradford, said: “The arrival of mass colour television was a technological breakthrough.”
The addition of colour enabled viewers to have a greater feeling of actually ‘being there’.”
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