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British Vintage Colour Television

Some of you may be asking why early colour, well its been with us almost half a century, 50 years since colour transmissions and colour TV’s were launched in the UK. There are a multitude of sites that have been around in the UK for a long time covering British monochrome 405 TV’s, that area is more than adequately catered for. What is severely lacking though are sites promoting early British Colour TV,  this is the area I intend to bring you to address that imbalance.

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1971 Ferguson 3705

What Can you Expect?

I’m going to provide a look back in time at these wonderful sets, looking at the exciting period of change that took place in our living rooms right before our eyes. I hope to also help the younger generations to understand our early colour TV heritage. This sites aim is to inform and provide a record of what sets were available so there are no mistaking 80’s TV’s for early first generation colour sets. I will be mainly covering the first decade 1967 – 1977.

1967 was the year colour launched in the UK, to read more about that click here. This site will provide a glimpse of what early CRT Colour TVs were like and what was on offer to the UK market when Colour TV was new and very expensive. There are many period brochures to browse through along with my early colour television collection which are in various states of repair. These include sets such as Baird, Decca, Bush, GEC, HMV & Ferguson to name but a few.

The TV’s are in the process of being repaired to working order, I hasten to add I prefer to repair rather than restore or rip out all the old components which are still working perfectly well. I replace only where necessary, there are no blanket changes. I have BRC/Thorn 2000,3000,3500.8500,9000 etc all happily running with minimal repairs. They are maintained on a fix-on-fail basis and you can follow the ups and downs as they are brought back to life in the workshop.

You will also find hints and tips for certain models, as you will see I have a fondness for the BRC/Thorn chassis’ especially the 3000/3500 but there are plenty of other early British CTV models to tickle your interest.

Among those that have joined up, there are many ex trade service engineers so you will find some interesting stories of “daring do” in the Trade Tales section of this site. You will also find there is a Vintage Radio & Television Forum on offer, here you will find many members discussing and tackling various projects. All in all a wealth of information at your finger tips.

Also for all you 405 B&W TV people there is a B&W category where members can post articles about those sets, so hopefully something for everyone.

So step on in, leave the modern world behind, travel back in time and enjoy Radios-TV “The Home Of Early Colour Television”.

5 Comments

  1. michelle

    Great site, I have enjoyed learning more about the long-forgotten TV I found in my parents house on Tuesday. A 1972 Ferguson Colourstar 3713 (8500? Thorn? 4 knobs for the channels and sliders for the rest).

    I put it up for sale in the hope that it would find a new home and lease of life which it did. Without sites like yours it would have gone straight to the tip! I never imagined it was quite that old.

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  2. Boingy

    I’ve been searching for a while for a site like this. I was in the trade from the early 80’s right up to the time when plasmas killed the repairs game. Nowadays I’m a field engineer for a well known German white goods company.

    I’ve been looking around the forums and it reminds me very much of how I miss working on TVs.

    I would like to get registered as a forum user, if that’s OK.
    You’re running an excellent site, which has made an old TV engineer very happy :)

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  3. crustytv (Post author)

    Hi

    Thanks for your kind comments and its great to have another TV engineer find his way to our doors. Check out the Trade Tales category, you will find many a tale of TV engineers out in the field and back in the workshop. Perhaps you may have some of your own.

    You should have an e-mail waiting for you re the forum.

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  4. peter

    Hello from Pete.
    Thank you for a great site. As an ex engineer, since the early sixties I have great memories and fondness for television of the pre plasma, LCD days. I have been employed by the larger T.V. companies of the time, Radio Rentals, Dixons (Dixserve),Mastercare, Currys, Comet and various smaller local stores. I particularly appreciate the internal photographs of the equipment, rather than, as most sites, just the front appearance. All of the site is well thought out, well implemented and lots of fascinating stories and tips from other engineers. Now retired and living in Cape Town I have lost all my old contacts but still like to keep myself busy as an hobby when possible.

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  5. crustytv (Post author)

    Hi Pete,

    thanks for the wonderful compliments re the site, I’m glad it hits the spot for you and others. These comments are appreciated and make the effort invested worth while.

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