This was an answer to a quiz I happened to be watching the other evening and I thought it was wonderfully British and a true reflection of our nation’s spirit.
On 1st September 1939, due to the imminent outbreak of World War II, the BBC suspended their television service, right in the middle of an episode of Mickey Mouse (Mickey’s Gala Premiere to be exact).
On 7th June 1946, 7 years later, after the war had ended, the BBC re-started it’s programming at 3pm with presenter Jasmine Bligh saying:
Hello, do you remember me?
Followed by a second presenter, Leslie Mitchell saying:
As I was saying before I was rudely interrupted…
They then commenced the Mickey Mouse cartoon they had previously ended with at exactly the point they left it.
Only the Brits can come back after the longest and bloodiest war ever seen and apologise for it interrupting the programme as if those silly Germans simply didn’t have proper manners. Superb.