Last night's episode of DR WHO on BBC television was a masterpiece. With Maureen Lipman playing the best Dr Who monster ever!!
Being five at the time, I do remember everyone crouching around the few available black and white TVs (tiny screens embedded in huge consoles: a very new medium at the time) to watch the 1953 Coronation. It has haunted me ever since - and many of my stories published since 1986 have been inspired by the act of contemporaneously watching Fifties TV rather than by Fifties TV itself.
This is just one example: BLACK CEILINGS.