“For those of you watching in black and white, the pink is next to the green” – how many people in Kettering, Corby and Wellingborough are still watching TV without colour?

Nearly two dozen households in Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough watched Dr Who in black and white this Christmas
Nearly two dozen households in Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough watched Dr Who in black and white this Christmas

It may be hard to believe, but 22 households in Kettering, Wellingborough and Corby are still watching black and white TV.

Nearly 50 years after former BBC2 controller David Attenborough raced to broadcast colour TV in the UK ahead of his German television colleagues, 9,356 black and white licences are still in force across the UK.

People watching black and white TVs still need a licence

People watching black and white TVs still need a licence

Ten households in Kettering hold a black and white licence, with seven in Corby and five in Wellingborough.

Despite the switchover to digital transmissions and an increase in the use of HD televisions as well as tablets and smartphones to access TV content, it seems some UK households are shunning the attractions of 21st century technology.

The number of black and white licences issued each year has been steadily 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.

Spokesman for TV Licensing in the East Midlands Mark Whitehouse said: “It’s astounding that more than 320 households in total across the East Midlands still watch on a black and white telly, especially now that over half of homes access TV content over the internet, on smart TVs.

“Whether you have the latest 4K TV or a black and white set from the 1970s, if you are watching or recording live television, then you do need a TV licence.”

According to this year’s figures, London has the most black and white TV licences, followed by Birmingham and Manchester.