T-Bag Bounces Back Episode 9: Nikdit The Thief

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UK Air DateFri 20/03/1987, 4.20pm
Repeat ScreeningThurs 31/08/1989, 4.25pm
Copyright YearMCMLXXXVI (1986)
VTR Date14/11/1986
Fremantle Archive Ref35292 (series ref)
Consecutive Episode Number29
IMDB LinkEpisode page

T. Bag (Tallulah Bag)Elizabeth Estensen
T. ShirtJohn Hasler
DebbieJennie Stallwood
NikditJohn Emmanuel
Uncle JumboWilloughby Goddard

Make UpAnn Briggs
Costume DesignerRaymond Childe
Graphic DesignerAlex Forbes
Stage ManagerBobby Webber
Production AssistantJoanna Stewart
Written ByLee Pressman
Grant Cathro
DesignerJohn Plant
ProducersCharles Warren
Leon Thau
DirectorLeon Thau

T-Bag takes away T-Shirtís magic after ruining her birthday. Debbie runs into a thief called Nikdit who steals her gold bells and he takes them to his master. When T-Shirt leaves T-Bag he runs into Nikdit who he helps by taking back Uncle Jumboís loot.
The High-T Website synopsis
Debbie travels take her to the East in search of the last missing bell. There she meets and befriends Nikdit, a young boy who has been made a thief by his wicked Uncle Jumbo. Helped by T-Shirt, Debbie and Nikdit try to trick the wicked merchant out of the golden bells.
TV Times listing

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Magic vanish at the double

T-Bag: Thank you so much, so very much for ruining my birthday. You've really surpassed yourself, the worst day of my life and it's all down to you. It's deliberate isn't it? Isn't it? You wake up in the morning and you think what can I do to drive her mad today? Don't you, don't you? Well say something.
T-Shirt: I do my best.
T-Bag: Well thanks to you and your blundering stupidity that gruesome little ginger nut Deborah is within a cat's whisker of finding the last gold bell.
T-Shirt: But you see I...
T-Bag: But things are going to change around here beginning now, this is my last chance of foiling Deborah and you're not going to mess it up.
T-Shirt: But I can help.
T-Bag: Not this time. I'm very sorry T-Shirt but what I'm about to do is for my own good.
T-Shirt: What are you talking about?
T-Bag: Turn around.
T-Shirt: What's the big idea?
T-Bag: Quiet! Hubble, bubble nothing but trouble. Magic vanish at the double.
T-Shirt: Noooooo! Oh, what did you have to go and do that for?
(T-Shirt blinks to try and use his magic).
T-Bag: It's no use, it's gone. Your magic, all gone.
T-Shirt: After all I've done for you.
T-Bag: Exactly.
T-Shirt: What am I supposed to do without any magic, answer me that.
T-Bag: What you're best at.
T-Bag & T-Shirt: Making tea.
T-Shirt: Oh that'll be a real bundle of fun, that will.
T-Bag: No more gadding about for you my lad, you're going to stay here.
T-Shirt: What here? All the time?
T-Bag: All the time. Where you can do no harm.
T-Shirt: But that's not fair, I haven't done anything to deserve this.
T-Bag: That's for me to decide. A cup of tea s'il vous plaÓt. And don't sulk.

Added: 04/04/2015


Uncle Jumbo: Go on then, donít stand round here looking gormless, go out and get me some more goodies.
Nikdit: What about my tea?
Uncle Jumbo: I told you didnít I, Itís all feeee-nished (stuffs his face).

Crumbly, Flaky Pastry

T-Bag: Imagine what it must be like to sink your teeth into that crumbly flaky pastry there, and feel the fresh squidgy cream swirling round your tongue, and lick the delicate chocolate from your lips and force the jam through the gaps in your teeth.
Uncle Jumbo: Stop I must have them, all of them.

Giving them back

Debbie: T-Shirt!
T-Shirt: Debbie, hiya. Have you heard the good news? I've left T-Bag.
Debbie: Oh yes.
T-Shirt: It's true.
Debbie: A real den of thieves we have here.
T-Shirt: This is Nick, he's my pal.
Debbie: That figures, you stole my bells you thief.
Nikdit: I know and I'm sorry but now I'm giving them back.
Debbie: What?
T-Shirt: We're giving them back.
Debbie: You mean it's true, you really have left T-Bag.
T-Shirt: Yep.
Debbie: They're all here too, I've got the lot. You know what that means don't you?
T-Shirt: What?
Debbie: We can get rid of T-Bag once and for all, forever!

"Carpet Boom Blues"
After Nikdit takes the 'infested' carpet from Jumbo's house, there is a close-up of Debbie, as she takes out her hanky. This cuts to a close-up of T-Bag, saying 'serves you right'. For a split second, above here, a boom-mic zooms into shot above Elizabeth Estensen, lined up with her nose, and the out again.

"Into and Out Of Shot"
Another boom-mic appears in a mid-shot of Tallulah Bag in Uncle Jumbo's house, just after Debbie has rushed out with the bell - she says something like '... but she needs all the bells to win, and she has one ...' At the top of the screen, something black appears to pop into shot and then is quickly pulled out again - this one's very quick.

"On The Carpet"
When Nikdit enters Uncle Jumboís lair carrying the carpet over his shoulder, there is fairly obviously nothing concealed inside, and certainly not T-Shirt!

"I have just discovered... a shadow"
After T-Bag has finished gloating to Debbie that she has the last bell Nikdit rushes in and tells Uncle Jumbo that the rug was infested, when he says 'I have just discovered' a shadow from a boom-mic appears on T-Bag's head for a few moments.

"The Spell is Broken"
When T-Shirt leaves T-Bag and sides with Debbie, what happened to the spell T-Bag cast on him in episode one, causing him to think he hated Debbie? Itís clearly no longer working, but when did it stop?

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  • Willoughby Goddard, who played Uncle Jumbo, sadly passed away on 11th April 2008, aged 81.
  • The name of the character Nikdit, is a play-on-words for 'Nicked It'.

  • The acronym of ĎABCí is used four times throughout the nine series, this is the third time it is used, and the second time in this series. This time ABC stands for 'Acme Bun Company'.
    (T-Bag Strikes Again, Episode 3: Ben And Bunty Badshot)
    (T-Bag Bounces Back, Episode 2: Nights In Arabia)
    (T. Bag and The Revenge of the T. Set, Episode 3: Lost In Space)
  • This is one of two episodes where the word Ďthiefí appears in the episode title.
    (Take off with T. Bag, Episode 2: Thief Of Baghdad)
  • When being taken to Uncle Jumbo's storeroom T-Shirt is rolled up in a carpet much like T-Bag is during an episode of Take Off With T. Bag.
    (Take off with T. Bag, Episode 6: Antony and Cleopatra)
  • Debbie gets the golden bells stolen by the thief Nikdit, this also happens in other episodes.
    (Wonders in Letterland, Episode 6: Debbie In The Land Of R)
    (T-Bag Strikes Again, Episode 6: Dick Gherkin)
    (T-Bag Bounces Back, Episode 6: Hi-Hat)
    (Turn on to T-Bag, Episode 6: Scrimp)
    (Turn on to T-Bag, Episode 9: Doc Leaf)
    (T. Bag and The Pearls of Wisdom, Episode 4: Grimble and Squiffy)
    (T. Bag and The Pearls of Wisdom, Episode 8: Cedric Sackbutt's Search For A Song)
    (T. Bag and The Rings of Olympus, Episode 4: Rum Barbara)
    (T. Bag and The Rings of Olympus, Episode 7: Rats)
    (T. Bag and The Sunstones of Montezuma, Episode 4: Gone Fishing)
  • T-Bag uses her magic and the T-Plant to find T-Shirt and take away his magic powers using a magical incantation. T-Bag also did this in the previous series.
    (T-Bag Strikes Again, Episode 9: Charlie Chuckles)