T. Bag And The Pearls Of Wisdom Episode 8: Cedric Sackbutt's Search For A Song

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UK Air Date20/02/1990, 4.20pm
Repeat Screening30/07/1992, 4.05pm
Copyright Year1989
VTR Date08/09/1989
Fremantle Archive Ref48947 (series ref)
Consecutive Episode Number60
IMDB LinkEpisode page

T. Bag (Tabatha Bag)Georgina Hale
T. ShirtJohn Hasler
Sally SimpkinsKellie Bright
Sir Cedric SackbuttJim McManus
Robyn HoodJan Hunt

Make UpAdam Beck
CostumeRaymond Childe
Graphic DesignerJeff Harrison
Stage ManagerBobby Webber
Lighting DirectorPeter Bower
Production AssistantElena Adams
MusicTerry Trower
DesignerJohn Plant
ProducerCharles Warren
Written ByLee Pressman
Grant Cathro
DirectorLeon Thau

Sally arrives in Sherwood Forest where Sir Cedric is preparing for a song contest which Sally enters for the prize of the next pearl but she gets her bag stolen by Robyn Hood.
The High-T Website synopsis
Sally lands up in Sherwood Forest in her search for Pearl Number 8. Here she meets the bold Sir Cedric and the only female outlaw in England, Robyn Hood. T-Bag and T-Shirt arrive and join Robyn’s merry men, but things turn out to be not so merry…
TV Times listing
In the next episode Sally finds herself in Sherwood Forest. Who is the villain who is out to rob her? Can she win the song contest and get the next missing pearl? Or will T-Bag and T-Shirt hit the right note and pip her to the post? Find out in T. Bag and the Pearls of Wisdom.
Next week preview (from previous episode)
Today, Sally finds herself in Sherwood Forest. But who is the villain who is out to rob her? Can she win the song contest and get the next missing pearl? Find out now.
Stay tuned preview (from start of episode)
Merry England was the next stop on our quest but T-Bag was far from merry when, yep you’ve guessed it, Sally pipped us at the post and snatched the seventh Pearl of Wisdom from right under our noses. The situation was now desperate!
Pearls of Wisdom video - T-Shirt's summary

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All something of an annual event this is, happens every year

Sally: You having a party?
Sir Cedric: Well not a party exactly, well a bit of a party I suppose, party-ish, it's all something of an annual event this is, happens every year.
Sally: What?
Sir Cedric: What?
Sally: What does?
Sir Cedric: What's does what?
Sally: Happens every year.
Sir Cedric: Certainly does, that's what makes it an annual event.
Sally: Can we start again, this annual event of yours.
Sir Cedric: Yes.
Sally: The one that happens every year.
Sir Cedric: Yes.
Sally: What is it?
Sir Cedric: Didn't I tell you, ha ha ha, oh yes I am such a dizzy donut sometimes, dear oh dear, yes well I presume you've come to put your name down for the contest, have you, jolly good.
Sally: What contest?
Sir Cedric: I just told you didn't I, ha ha ha ha ha, oh, sorry, sorry, the contest. You know the contest, Sir Cedric Sackbutt's search for a song, yes as a matter of fact you're our very first entrant, jolly good.
Sally: Oh I'm sorry but I just don't have the time to enter any contests.
Sir Cedric: All you have to do is make up a little song and sing it, and look the winner, the winner wins this. Ta da...
(Sir Cedric shows Sally the prize including the pearl.)
Sally: The Pearl!
Sir Cedric: Pretty nifty pickings, eh, oh go on, be a sport put your name down?
Sally: Alright you've twisted my arm.
Sir Cedric: Splendid, right now, what is your name by the way, ah yes, sorry?
Sally: Sally.
Sir Cedric: Sally Sorry.
Sally: Sally Simpkins.
Sir Cedric: Well Miss, whatever your name is, you'd best be off and pen yourself a ditty.
Sally: How long have I got?
Sir Cedric: The contest starts at four.
Sally: I better get cracking, see you later Sir Cedric.
Sir Cedric: What?
Sally: Bye.
Sir Cedric: Oh yes, bye Sorry, oh.

Added: 04/04/2012

A half-decent rhyme

Sally: A song, a song. The birds and the trees, the sweet summer breeze, no. The sky up above, the song of the dove, no. Flowers, flowers. Where the babbling brook flows, the sweet flower grows, the snowdrop, the bluebell, the pretty primrose, now what next? Daisy, Buttercup, Lilac and Thyme, all I need now is a half-decent rhyme. Oh what a load of old rubbish. (Sally notices her bag has gone) What? Where? My bag, the pearls, oh no.

Added: 04/04/2013

Your pathetic ideas

T-Bag: Fabulous, hear that T-Shirt, Robin Hood has nabbed the bag.
T-Shirt: I have an idea, I could go and join the Merry Men, get in with them and get the bag.
T-Bag: I don't need your pathetic ideas, I have pathetic ideas of my own, I mean brilliant, brilliant ideas of my own.
T-Shirt: Oh yeah, like what?
T-Bag: Well, we all know the legend of Robin Hood, he robbed the rich to give to the poor.
T-Shirt: So?
T-Bag: So! I shall pretend to be poverty stricken, down and out and he won't resist offloading the bag of pearls on to me, need I say anymore?
T-Shirt: It'll never work, my plan's a million times better.
T-Bag: We will see.
(T-Bag clicks her fingers and disappears)
T-Shirt: Yes, we will see.

Added: 04/04/2012

Can you..

Robyn Hood: What skills do you have?
T-Bag: Skills?
Robyn Hood: Can you split an arrow at a thousand paces?
T-Bag: Oh, Two thousand.
Robyn Hood: Can you fight off a dozen of the King’s men with a single sword?
T-Bag: Oh, three dozen, without a sword.
Robyn Hood: Can you scale the highest walls of the sheriffs castle, creep unseen past ten vicious guard dogs, break into the strongroom and steal all his money, fight your way past the soldiers, climb to the top of the tower, dive into the moat, swim across to your horse and race back across the deadly swamp to safety?
T-Bag: Why, can you?
Robyn Hood: No.
T-Bag: Neither can I.

A wanted outlaw

T-Bag: Halt. Stay where you are.
Robyn Hood: Oh, you two again.
T-Bag: We are soldiers of the Royal Guard and we have reason to believe that you are a wanted outlaw. So just hand over all the stuff you have nicked.
Robyn Hood: I'm not an outlaw, I was never an outlaw.
T-Shirt: Well if you're not an outlaw, then how come you're making off with the lute? Ha.
T-Bag: Shut up.
Robyn Hood: True, I did steal a little girl's bag once but I gave it back to her.
T-Bag: Whaaaat?
Robyn Hood: Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to meet my friend Sally and to win the song contest. So I bid you good day.
T-Bag & T-Shirt: Song contest?
T-Bag: What she up to now?
T-Shirt: Back to the T-Room.

Added: 04/04/2015

"Blue Forest Floor"
After T-Bag and Robyn Hood are crouched behind the bush, watching T-Shirt come into the forest, dressed as a medieval maiden another mistake occurs. When T-Bag reluctantly moves out of hiding to challenge him/her/that, not only does the bush wobble, but you can clearly see a whity-blue studio floor which hasn't been painted out, towards the bottom right of the screen. The rest of the studio floor is green, as per the forest!

When Robyn steps up to the stage to shortly be joined by Sally, a boom mic appears above Robyn's head.

"Your turn to lip-synch"
At the start of T-Bag and T-Shirt's song, when T-Bag mimes her first line, 'Oh, as I went out on Monday morn in the merry month of May, your turn', she is heard saying the words 'your turn' but her lips aren't moving at the time. This is due to the additional speech in the song being pre-recorded along with the song itself.

For more mistakes from other episodes, please see the Nitpicker's Guide

  • This episode was cut from the official VHS release of the series and replaced with a short voice-over clip recorded by John Hasler (T-Shirt).
  • The scenery for the castle was reused from episode 6's Castle McCarr.
  • The font used for the red lettering of Cedric Sackbutt's Search for a Song banner is 'Manuscript'.
  • When Robyn Hood tells of her Merry Maids, she lists them as 'Jill Scarlett', 'Little Joan' and 'Eleanor Dale'. These are female pastiches of Robin Hood's Merry Men 'Will Scarlett', 'Little John' and 'Alan-a-Dale'.
  • Cedric Sackbutt's surname 'Sackbut' is a type of trombone.

  • Jan Hunt, who plays Robyn Hood, appears in three episodes throughout the nine series of T-Bag. This is her last of her three appearances.
    (T-Bag Strikes Again, Episode 7: Long John Sylvia)
    (T-Bag Bounces Back, Episode 4: Black Hearted Belle)
  • At the end of the series when Sally and T-Shirt run through the lands of the board back to Captain Cockle, they run through this 'episode'.
    (T. Bag and The Pearls of Wisdom, Episode 10: The Pearls Of Wisdom)
  • In episode ten Sally and T-Shirt tell Captain Cockle about their adventures referring to this episode, 'and we met Robyn Hood'.
    (T. Bag and The Pearls of Wisdom, Episode 10: The Pearls Of Wisdom)
  • T-Shirt dresses up as a girl or woman in different series, mainly to disguise himself.
    (T. Bag and The Revenge of the T. Set, Episode 9: The Bard)
    (Take off with T. Bag, Episode 3: Bagsy Malone)
  • Sally gets the pearls stolen by the thief Robyn Hood, 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)
    (T-Bag Bounces Back, Episode 9: Nikdit The Thief)
    (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 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)
  • Tabatha Bag refers to T-Shirt as 'my treasured lumpet' in this episode, she also does this twice more during the series and again in T. Bag's Christmas Ding-Dong.
    (T. Bag and The Pearls of Wisdom, Episode 1: Any Old Port)
    (T. Bag and The Pearls of Wisdom, Episode 7: Tut Tut)
    (T. Bag's Christmas Ding-Dong)
  • This is one of three episodes that were cut from the official 1991 VHS release of the series.
    (T. Bag and The Pearls of Wisdom, Episode 3: Elementary, My Dear What-Not)
    (T. Bag and The Pearls of Wisdom, Episode 6: The Ghost of Castle McCarr)