THERE are just ten households remaining on the Isle of Wight who are still watching black and white TV.

BBC One is celebrating 50 years of colour this week, but some people have yet to make the switch.

New data from TV Licensing reveals ten households on the Island still watch TV programmes on black and white television sets.

The figure is down from 12 at the end of September 2018.

The number of black and white licences has declined considerably over the years.

Across the UK, there are 6,586. In 2000, this figure stood at 212,000.

The figures show that despite the rapid growth of smart TVs, smartphones and tablets to access TV content, a surprising number of households still appear to enjoy the nostalgia of monochrome TV sets, and they remain popular with collectors.

A licence is still needed to watch live TV and stream BBC programmes on iPlayer, even on a black and white TV or monitor, and costs £52.

But, if a black and white TV or monitor is used to download BBC programmes on iPlayer or to record any live TV, then a full colour TV Licence is needed.

Some of the first programmes showing in colour on BBC One in 1969 included Star Trek and Dixon of Dock Green, The Harry Secombe Show and Match of the Day.