People are STILL watching black and white tellies
You would have thought that the black and white TV had gone the way of the mangle and the Spinning Jenny by now, but according to TV Licensing, 11,550 households in Britain still have a B&W TV licence.
London is a hot bed of monochrome TV watching, with 2334 sets – four times as many as other large cities in the UK.
Of course, this unrelenting group of people who like to fly by the seat of their pants while they’re watching the snooker (is it a red? Is it a green?) might just be pretending to have black and white tellies to avoid paying the full licence fee. It’s only £49 for the B&W licence, compared to £145.50 for colour.
But Iain Logie Baird, grandson of the famous John Logie Baird - inventor of the gogglebox - thinks people hang on to their old sets out of nostalgic pride. ‘It may be some time before the black and white television disappears completely from our living rooms.' he said, banging his pipe against the sideboard. 'There will always be a small group of people who prefer monochrome images, collect vintage sets or just don’t want to throw away a working piece of technology.’
And it might not be such a bad idea to go back to black and white. Not only is it cheaper, but you don’t have to be blinded by the fake tans on Celebrity Big Brother. And if the sound is broken on it, even better.