Welcome Radios-TV, the aim of this site is to focus on just one specific area of UK Television and that’s early colour.

Some of you may be asking why early colour? Well why not, there are a multitude of sites that have been around for a long time covering British monochrome 405 TV’s, so that area is more than adequately catered for. What is severely lacking is a site promoting early British Colour TV. This is the area I intend to bring you to address the imbalance.

I’m going to provide a look back in time at these wonderful sets, give a glimpse of what early CRT Colour TVs were like and what was on offer to the UK market when Colour TV was relatively new and very expensive.

There are many period brochures to look at along with my collection of early colour televisions which are in various states of repair. These include sets such as Philips, Decca, Bush, Baird, HMV. Ferguson to name but a few.

These TV’s are in the process of being repaired to working order, I hasten to add I prefer to repair rather than rip out all the old components. I replace only where necessary, they are no blanket changes. I have BRC/Thorn 2000,3000,3500.8500,9000 etc all happily running with many “callins” caps. Therefore the sets are then 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.

All are welcome to provide articles here even if they are not Colour TV related, but they must be about television or radio. I also provide a very popular vintage Radio & Television forum where you will find many ex trade service engineers and keen amateurs lurking eager to assist you with that tricky fault. There’s all levels of experience so don’t be shy if your just starting out. The forum covers all branches of the hobby, not just TV, its a healthy vibrant site with much to interest all.

Old TV Sets and parts Wanted


I’m looking to fill in the gaps in the collection, if you have an old CRT television especially any old 1970’s colour TV. Please rather than take it to the tip, offer it here, leave a comment and I will get back to you. Polite notice, only sets prior to 1980, no black or grey plastic sets

Particular sets and or parts currently sought:-

  • Baird Dual-Standard colour set model M701, M702
  • Philips G8
  • Philips K70
  • BRC/Thorn 4000, 8000, chassis sets
  • Any Colour Hybrids
  • Decca CS1830

Always looking for spare parts :-

  • PCB’s, LOPTs, Triplers and Colour CRT’s for any of the above.Again only of the period discussed. Clearing out your old stock? always interested in caps, resistors, diodes, transistors, IC’s, VDR, thermistors
  • Early Teletext set top box decoders also wanted.
  • Early Brochures, scans will do if you don’t wish to part with them.


If you have anything to offer please use the contact form above

1 Comment

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


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