BRITAIN recoiled in horror last night as the BT broadband couple took their first tentative steps towards reconciliation.
Amid falling house prices, the looming recession and the trauma of Andrew Sachs's Penis-Gate, the country has gained some measure of comfort from the knowledge that the mind-numbingly tedious relationship seemed to have been destroyed for good.
But millions were sickened this week as the tousle-haired ginger streak of piss eagerly answered a call from that appalling woman.
Now the broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has been inundated by angry viewers desperate to know if the relationship really is over or whether they should simply wreck their televisions with a hammer.
Media analyst Martin Bishop said: "People were naturally disappointed to see the ginger streak of piss return to their screens as he indulged in a new found laddishness by spending time with a single friend, drinking beer from a can and expressing his enthusiasm for pay-per-view football matches as opposed to minority interest satellite channels.
"He remained a comprehensively awful bastard but at least he did seem to have detached himself permanently from that hellish cow.
"Now it seems the good people at BT – and I assume they are all women – would like them to get back together again."
He added: "This will ultimately lead to a mumbled proposal, an awkward wedding where nobody smiles and eventually the joyless birth of a miserable child.
"And all of this despite the fact that they obviously don't enjoy each others' company."