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bodger

Colour TV?

Just so that some of you sprogs realise, we havent always had colour TV you know? It was only on this day in 1967 that colour television came to Europe, with a seven hour transmission on BBC 2 from the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. Yes! tennis was even more boring in black and white than it is today. Mind you, there maybe some amongs us who can recall the advent of talkies.
Karen can't understand why I till watch black and white movies ( cowboys in particular ) but its what us more mature and refined folks were brought up on.
Slipster

We never had a telly for years when I was younger then as soon as colour came out my Dad rented one..  we where the first people to get one out of the whole school and kids used to come round to seen it, not when the old man was at home of course he never let other kids in the house. I can always remember it being a muddy brown colour what ever channel it was on. Even now though the old man still watches black and white cowies.
bodger

So does this one.
Last night, I was watching 'The Unforgiven' with Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman and for some reason, Karen took herself off to bed early. Something about me having seen it before.
12Bore

My gran had the only colour TV in our street (rented from Granada), when Princess Anne got married she had about 30 neighbours crammed into her front room: she charged them 50p each to watch the ceremony!
sod

I can remember Black and white TV coming here, in my childhood we listened to the radio  
lilwitedogs

I remember seeing color tv for the first time.  It was at my dad's business partner's home.  I believe the show was Bonanza, and the color was absolutely terrible!  LOL!  I think this must have been in 1959 or '60.  We didn't get a color set until years later.

I like the old black and white shows, too.  
lilwitedogs

12Bore wrote:
My gran had the only colour TV in our street (rented from Granada), when Princess Anne got married she had about 30 neighbours crammed into her front room: she charged them 50p each to watch the ceremony!


Good for her!  
Rena

I remember our 'ol black and white took near forever to 'warm up' and present the picture!

Still prefer black and white to colour.
12Bore

Do you remember having to switch between VHF and UHF depending on which channel you wanted to watch?
Our B&W TV had a big rotary switch on the side to select VHF/UHF, it changed with a loud clunk, then the picture would go off for just long enough for you to think that you'd broken it!
Rena

Sure do! Don't think we were allowed to touch it though! (Good thing too! If it sounded like you broke it....we'd have been popped just on the offshoot it was true! )
Slipster

12Bore wrote:
My gran had the only colour TV in our street (rented from Granada), when Princess Anne got married she had about 30 neighbours crammed into her front room: she charged them 50p each to watch the ceremony!


I thought you should have said 10 Shillings not 50p but your right

Princess Anne first married on 14 November 1973 to Mark Phillips

Decimal currency introduced in 1971
12Bore

Slipster wrote:
12Bore wrote:
My gran had the only colour TV in our street (rented from Granada), when Princess Anne got married she had about 30 neighbours crammed into her front room: she charged them 50p each to watch the ceremony!


I thought you should have said 10 Shillings not 50p but your right

Princess Anne first married on 14 November 1973 to Mark Phillips

Decimal currency introduced in 1971

In our street no-one would have paid 10/-, they knew what that was worth, but 50p was just "pocket change" by 1973...
bodger

I remember George the Polish TV repair man having to come to replace valves on a regular basis in our telly, so that normal service could be resumed. Some days we had to wait for days and days. What ever happened to valves?
Seabird

My Dad was such a fan of black and white Western movies that when the repair man came to fix the TV the joke was 'it'll be full of dead indians when you take the back off mate'.
Dad's western viewing was usually accompanied by me in cowgirl outfit complete with holster and plastic guns sitting astride the arm of the settee.

When ITV was first started we had to have a set top box to be able to receive it. The box never worked unless it was thumped in exactly the right place.

I've been watching reruns of Dad's Army recently, and hadn't realised that the first ones were in black and white.
sod

Seabird wrote:
My Dad was such a fan of black and white Western movies that when the repair man came to fix the TV the joke was 'it'll be full of dead indians when you take the back off mate'.
Dad's western viewing was usually accompanied by me in cowgirl outfit complete with holster and plastic guns sitting astride the arm of the settee.

When ITV was first started we had to have a set top box to be able to receive it. The box never worked unless it was thumped in exactly the right place.

I've been watching reruns of Dad's Army recently, and hadn't realised that the first ones were in black and white.


The thumping was a tradition in the UK I think as my FiL always said and did it when TV played up
12Bore

bodger wrote:
I remember George the Polish TV repair man having to come to replace valves on a regular basis in our telly, so that normal service could be resumed. Some days we had to wait for days and days. What ever happened to valves?

A company that I worked for had a "George", he wasn't Polish but constantly muttered unintelligibly to himself. His favourite trick was to dismantle a customer's TV then go out to his van for the part, never to return.
He couldn't understand why customers would get upset by this!
horace

If i remember right our first colour tv had a coin box on the back for rental
12Bore

horace wrote:
If i remember right our first colour tv had a coin box on the back for rental

I used to rent those out!
Baldybloke

Reminds me of the classic quote on Pot Black: For those of you with black and white televisions, the brown ball is behind the blue. Classic.
Digindeep

Baldybloke wrote:
Reminds me of the classic quote on Pot Black: For those of you with black and white televisions, the brown ball is behind the blue. Classic.


That's just cracked me up, Oh how I remember it so well.....pink ball or yellow,      

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