Radio was the main source of home entertainment. Listen with Mother, and 2-way family favourites, a popular record request programme designed to link families at home in the UK with British Forces Posted Overseas (BFPO). To name but a few. There was no commercial radio based in the UK and the younger generation would listen to Radio Luxembourg broadcasting pop music in the evening. In 1964 Radio Caroline was launched, a pirate radio station anchored in the International Waters and playing 24 hour pop music designed to break the BBC monopoly on music broadcasting.
We bought our first television in the 1950's. All programmes were in black and white, there was one channel, BBC, and it operated from about 5pm to 10pm.
The television had to be on for about 10 minutes to warm up and then you tuned it in using the test card. They were very temperamental and would regularly drop the signal.
A second independent channel was introduced in the mid 50's but we did not get this for a few years as televisions were expensive. Businesses were set up offering rental tv's which provided a maintenance contract.
Colour television was introduced on BBC2 in 1967 but was not available on the main channels, BBC1 and ITV, until 1969. But expense was again a problem and in March 1969, there were only 100,000 colour TV sets in use; by the end of 1969 this had doubled to 200,000, and by 1972 there were 1.6 million.
Most probably the best acquisition was the Dansette. It played singles, EP's and LP's. We listened to the Beatles, We had a vast collection of records including Scottish music, country and western and pop. This was the era of The Beatles and Rolling Stones etc.