Colour TV turns 50 this week but some Norfolk viewers are still watching in black and white

Pictured is Dave Slater at home using the idTV service led by Digital Birmingham.
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Pictured is Dave Slater at home using the idTV service led by Digital Birmingham. The interactive service accessed via a TV set provides a range of services. Photo: Adam Fradgley/Exposure Photography - Credit: Adam Fradgley / Exposure

Saturday, July 1 marks 50 years since the first colour transmission on the BBC but new figures reveal more than 8,000 homes across the UK still enjoy programmes in black and white.

Research from TV Licensing, published in the TV Licensing B&W Index, shows large urban areas hold the majority of black and white TV licenses.

London has the most, with 1,596 homes watching in black and white, while in Norwich there are around 24 homes without colour TV.

Elsewhere in the region, Great Yarmouth has eight black and white TV licenses, Bury St Edmunds has six and Ipswich have 22.

Almost 70 postcodes dropped out of the Index in the past 18 months, including four in East Anglia.


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Mark Whitehouse, TV Licensing spokesperson for East Anglia, said: 'It is striking that in an era of HD TV and spectacular true-to-life pictures, there are still more than 8,000 viewers, including 24 in Norwich, content to watch spectacular programmes like The Night Manager and Planet Earth in monochrome.'

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