Two in five pensioners consider television to be their main form of company, Age UK said, as it warned that for the first time, more than a million people aged 65 and over admit to feeling lonely "always or often."
The charity described loneliness as a "huge issue" in Britain.
It's poll of 2,000 British adults of 65 and over found that 37% said their TV is their main form of company.
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