Rose-tinted nostalgia in black & white
WHY, you wonder, would someone kick against the idea of a TV screen in your house that’s the size of a wall? Who doesn’t want HD with full surround sound?
Well, a report by TV Licensing this week shows that, more than half a century after colour broadcasts began, more than 7,000 people still watch television in black and white. And not just ’cos they’re cheapskates.
It seems black-and-white TV reminds people of happier times. Clearly it’s a portal into the past, a vision of kitchen-sink dramas and the charms of abject poverty.
It reminds the viewer of foggydays that choked young throats, restricted all the more by the stench of cancer-creating Capstans if they dared to locate to the upper deck of a bus.
By the same token, they must be a reminder of the 1950s and 60s, when sectarianism and same-sex prejudice were rife in Scotland.
Yes, we had some glorious programmes on our televisions back then but, remember, our black-and-white sets had only two channels. And they showed an awful lot of Bob Monkhouse.