Some are still watching their favourite programmes in black and white

Black and white television.
Black and white television.

Some 23 households in Bedford shun the latest technology and still watch their favourite programmes on a black and white television.

Despite the switch over to digital transmissions and an increase in the use of HD televisions, along with tablets and smart phones to access TV content, across the UK a surprising 9,356 people still watch TV in black and white.

The number of black and white licences issued each year has, however, steadily been declining. In 2000 there were 212,000 black and white TV licences in place but by 2003 that number had shrunk to 93,000 and in 2006 the number stood at less than 50,000.

Jeffrey Borinsky, a television and radio technology historian, said: “There are hundreds of collectors like myself who have many black and white TVs; some of them are purists who won’t have this new-fangled colour TV in the house. We like the glow of valves, rich sound and wonderful warm smell of these old sets. It’s simply pure nostalgia and the joy of seeing old equipment still working in the internet age.

“Older people who grew up with black and white still love it and don’t see why they should throw away their perfectly good set to get colour they don’t even want. Unfortunately even the youngest black and white sets are over 20 years old and very few people now mend TVs at all. In a few more years this group will have gone to TV heaven.”