Reliving the glory days of a black-and-white world

jpns-22-07-17 retro July 2017

Adventure park - These boys were digging holes to install one of the constructions which will be built in the adventure playground at Arundel Street, Portsmouth (0739-2)

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I find it rather refreshing that, in our digitally obsessed age, there are still about 14,000 people in the country watching a black-and-white television – 21 of them in Portsmouth.

The idea that these people are actively choosing to defy the advances in modern technology almost appears as a mini anti-progress revolution.

The Woodentops was first shown in 1955. It featured on the Friday edition of Watch with Mother and starred Daddy and Mummy Woodentop, their children, twins Jenny and Willy, and Baby. Other characters included the legendary Spotty Dog and Mrs Scrubbitt.

The Woodentops was first shown in 1955. It featured on the Friday edition of Watch with Mother and starred Daddy and Mummy Woodentop, their children, twins Jenny and Willy, and Baby. Other characters included the legendary Spotty Dog and Mrs Scrubbitt.

Possibly, they are just canny when it comes to cash. Not only is the black and white TV licence about £100 cheaper than a colour one, but also, as an aficionado reliably informs me, they are cheaper to run, as they require less electricity and, therefore, result in lower bills.

So, today I thought we would take a nostalgic trip back to the 1950s and ’60s for a look at some of those monochrome favourites which graced the flickering box in the corner.

Muffin the Mule was broadcast from 1946 until 1955 and was presented by Annette Mills, sister of John Mills and aunt of Hayley.

Muffin the Mule was broadcast from 1946 until 1955 and was presented by Annette Mills, sister of John Mills and aunt of Hayley.