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More people use black and white TVs in Dagenham than anywhere else in outer London

PUBLISHED: 09:00 15 November 2018

By mid 1968, nearly every one of the BBC2's programme was in colour. Colour arrived at BBC1 six months later. Picture: BBC

By mid 1968, nearly every one of the BBC2's programme was in colour. Colour arrived at BBC1 six months later. Picture: BBC

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Dagenham has topped a count of places in outer London where viewers still have black and white TV licences.

BBC2 broadcast its first colour pictures from Wimbledon in 1967. Picture: BBCBBC2 broadcast its first colour pictures from Wimbledon in 1967. Picture: BBC

A total of 34 mono TV licences were still in force in Dagenham households in September this year, according to the organisation charged with administering the fee, TV Licensing.

This compares to second spot Romford with 31 and seventh place Barking where 17 of the black and white licences were in use.

There were 1,768 households still with the permits across the capital, according to TV Licensing.

TV historian Jeffrey Borinsky said: “There are hundreds of collectors like myself who have many black and white TVs.

“Who wants all this new-fangled 4K, ultra HD, satellite dishes or a screen bigger than your room when you can have glorious black and white TV?”

Cody Want, from TV Licensing, warned: “Whether you watch Eastenders, Strictly or Question Time in black and white or in colour, you need to be covered by a TV licence.”

Nationally the number of black and white licences has dropped steadily. In 2000 there were 212,000 in force, but by 2003 that number had shrunk to 93,000. The number dipped below 10,000 three years ago.

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