Bush TV22 television receiver, c 1952.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Featuring a 9-inch screen the Bush TV22 was first made in 1950. It remained in production (with circuit improvements) for several years, and in 1955 a Band III converter was produced which could be fitted to existing sets to enable them to receive the new ITV programmes. The TV22's main claim to fame is that it was the first British television that could be tuned by the owner to any one of the two then current BBC transmitters as well as the further three proposed channels. The TV22 is an icon of early 50s bakelite sets and highly desirable today, although in its day it was one of the cheapest sets available (at £35 10 shillings) - it was intended for those who couldn't afford a set with a 'proper' wooden cabinet. The post-war timber shortage was the main reason why some TV manufacturers used other materials for the cabinets.