I won’t be swopping my vivid HD surround sound for mono

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I was surprised to hear that more than 13,000 Brits are still watching TV on black-and-white sets.

It’s more than 45 years since colour programmes began, but a black-and-white licence costs a third of a colour one and the prize remains frozen until 2016. The colour version is £145.50.

My mum was way behind everyone else when it came to new inventions, so we didn’t get our first colour set until 1982.

It was a day of great excitement when the DER man delivered it.

Not long ago I saw the film It’s A Wonderful Life in black and white glory at the theatre. There’s something charming and romantic about old movies in mono.

But I won’t be surrendering my vivid HD surround sound system anytime soon.