Television receiver built from 'Premier Radio' kit, 1949.
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During the post-war period there was rapid expansion in the television industry. Production technology had improved, making sets cheaper to buy. However, even one of the cheaper models still cost around four weeks wages. The more affordable alternative offered by some companies was the option to buy a radio or television in kit form and asemble it in the home. This television receiver was built from a kit made by the Premier Radio Company. By the early 1950s there were over four million television sets in Britain.