T. Bag And The Revenge Of The T. Set Episode 6: Rock Star Baby

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Episode 1The Stone Circle
Episode 2When In Rome
Episode 3Lost In Space
Episode 4Turkish Delight
Episode 5Hazel Knutt's Muesli Bar
Episode 6Rock Star Baby
Episode 7Anastasia
Episode 8La Boheme
Episode 9The Bard
Episode 10The Ceremony

UK Air Date07/02/1989, 4.20pm
Repeat Screening12/08/1991, 4.20pm
Copyright YearMCMLXXXVIII (1988)
VTR Dateunknown
Fremantle Archive Ref45057 (series ref)
Consecutive Episode Number47
IMDB LinkEpisode page

T. Bag (Tallulah Bag)Elizabeth Estensen
T. ShirtJohn Hasler
Sally SimpkinsKellie Bright
Ricky RomeroMichael Holoway
Saul WrightMatt Zimmerman

Make UpCaroline Becker
CostumeRaymond Childe
Vandra Howarde
Graphic DesignerChris Connors
Stage ManagerBobby Webber
Production AssistantSally Askey
DesignerJohn Plant
Executive ProducerCharles Warren
Written ByLee Pressman
Grant Cathro
ProducerLeon Thau
DirectorLeon Thau

Ricky Romero works at an American Diner but aspires to be a rock star and he wants to enter the silver spoon award song contest to win the trophy with the next silver spoon on it. Sally arrives to help him but when T-Bag tries to enter the contest with Ricky’s song everything starts to go wrong!
The High-T Website synopsis

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A voice like a bell

T-Shirt (singing): Bam, bam, bam, ba-do-bop-do-do. Yeah, baby, yeah.
T-Bag: Will you shut up?
T-Shirt: Do-do-do. Huh?
T-Bag: What's the hold up with the tea back there?
T-Shirt: No hold up. Just coming. Bam, bam, bam, ba-do-bop-do-do. Yeah, baby, yeah.
T-Bag: Is it necessary to have that tuneless dirge buzzing in my ear morning, noon and night. It's driving me round the twist.
T-Shirt: Do the twist baby, do-do-do-do-do-do.
T-Bag: I'll do-do you if I don't have less of that cheek, ooh my head. Where's the tea?
T-Shirt: There.
T-Bag: Ah, thank the stars. (She starts to drink the tea) Manna.
T-Shirt: How's your headache now?
T-Bag: A wee bit better, no thanks to you and that tuneless foghorn you call a voice.
T-Shirt: What do you mean? I've got a good voice.
T-Bag: Good for curdling milk.
T-Shirt: That's rich coming from you.
T-Bag: What's that supposed to mean?
T-Shirt: Oh, nothing your Majesty, everyone knows you've got a voice like a bell.
T-Bag: Thank you.
T-Shirt: Yeah, people hear it and run like the clappers (he laughs and runs off).
T-Bag: Yes you better run before I ring your neck. Oh that boy'll be the death of me.

Added: 04/04/2016

Ricky Romero, guitar playing, singer, songwriter, composer of Rock Star Baby

Ricky Romero: Look, er, I've got to rush this tape over to Saul Wright's office. Ah, trouble is I don't get off work 'til eight, that's cutting it fine.
Sally: I could take it for you now.
Ricky Romero: Would you do that?
Sally: Sure, no problem, I'll just go and freshen up first, excuse me.
(Sally leaves and T-Bag arrives by magic).
T-Bag: Oh hello.
Ricky Romero: Oh, hi, what'll it be? Danish. Coffee?
T-Bag: Ricky Romero?
Ricky Romero: Yeah.
T-Bag: Ricky Romero, guitar playing, singer, songwriter, composer of Rock Star Baby.
Ricky Romero: Yeah.
T-Bag: Just the very man I'm after.
Ricky Romero: Huh?
T-Bag: Tallulah Bag, Bag Records. I heard your song, I like it, I think it's a winner.
Ricky Romero: You... you heard my song?
T-Bag: Indeedy, I am offering you an exclusive contract with my record company beginning now, I am gonna put your name on the map Ricky starting now, I don't imagine you've heard of the silver spoon award?
Ricky Romero: I sure have, eh, as a matter of fact I've just made a tape of Rock Star Baby to give to Mr Saul Wright.
T-Bag: This boy is on the ball, smart kid, now give the tape to me.
Ricky Romero: Oh, oh, I don't know.
T-Bag: I will personally take your tape to Mr Saul Wright this minute.
Ricky Romero: Yeah?
T-Bag: Saully baby and I go back a million years, we're big buddies him and me, if I like it, he'll love it and I love it.
Ricky Romero: You do? Er, he will?
T-Bag: Indubitably, now give me the tape.
Ricky Romero: Right.
T-Bag: Trust me kid, Saul Wright doesn't make a move without me. Now here's the contract, give me the tape.
Ricky Romero: Ok.
T-Bag: Good boy.
Ricky Romero: Yeah, oh, hey, hey, does that mean that my song will be on tonight's show?
T-Bag: You know I wouldn't be a bit surprised. Stick by the phone, don't call me, I'll call you, bye.
Ricky Romero: Right, I'll see ya.
(T-Bag leaves and Sally comes back).
Sally: Right, I'll be off then.
Ricky Romero: No need.
Sally: Eh?
Ricky Romero: I got myself an agent.
Sally: When?
Ricky Romero: Just right now, was incredible, signed me up just like that. Ha, hey, says there's a good chance of my song being on the show tonight.
Sally: Really?
Ricky Romero: Yeah.
Sally: That's wonderful.
Ricky Romero: Ah, Silver Spoon Award, here I come.
Sally: Yeeeah!

Added: 04/04/2015

You're Rip Shirt

Saul Wright (on phone): What do you mean he's not in the phonebook? I've got to find that kid, try his kooky agent, Tallulah Bag, or whatever her name is. I want Thomas Shirt on my show tonight, is that clear? Now get me Thomas Shirt.
(T-Shirt appears).
T-Shirt: Howdy-doodie.
Saul Wright: Urh, you! I've been turning the town upside down looking for you.
T-Shirt: Well, here I am.
Saul Wright: Yeah, just in time too. That tape of yours is a knockout kid, you're the greatest.
T-Shirt: I suppose so.
Saul Wright: (Laughs) I suppose. You don't have to be modest with me kid. I know talent when it hits me and that tape hit me right between the eyes. It's all fixed, you're on tonight's show.
T-Shirt: Really? Great.
Saul Wright: And if you don't walk away with the trophy, then I don't know nothing from nothing.
T-Shirt: Brilliant.
Saul Wright: OK, now let's get moving, now you're a gem of a kid but there are some rough edges that need smoothing out.
T-Shirt: Eh?
Saul Wright: Like the name for example, Thomas Shirt. That's no good, it ain't hip, the kids won't go for it. What we need is something rough, something tough, something that'll fit in with your image as a rebel, a tearaway. Thomas Tearaway. No, Tearaway Shirt, no. Torn Shirt, Torn Shirt, that's not bad. Got it, what do you think of this Kid? Rip Shirt.
T-Shirt: Rip?
Saul Wright: That's it, you're Rip Shirt. Hey what a gimmick. Kids all over America will be wanting to buy Rip Shirt. Think of the merchandising possibilities. Hey, now we've fixed the name kid let's go fix the clothes, come on.

Added: 04/04/2014

"Boom Star Baby"
There is another appearance of the boom-mic! You can see it at the very top of the screen, against the sign which moves round slowly, while Ricky Romero puts his tape into a box and moves round to Sally. Again, it's easier to spot on the actual programme (the television may cut this off again so it is out of the visible footage!)

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

  • The name of the character Saul Wright, when announced as 'It's Saul Wright', is a play-on-words for 'It's all right'.
  • Matt Zimmerman appears on the reunion DVD documentary filmed by Fantom Films in early 2007.
  • Matt Zimmerman appeared in Spatz which was also written by Lee Pressman and Grant Cathro. Matt Zimmerman appeared in the episode 'Witness' (#3.2, 06/03/1992) as Brewster Dwight.
  • Matt Zimmerman appeared in Mike & Angelo which was also written by Lee Pressman and Grant Cathro. Matt Zimmerman appeared in the episodes 'Angelo's Big Break' (#2.6, 19/10/1989) as Bob Bright and 'A Turn Up For The Books' (#9.10, 20/03/1997) as Lord Chief Justice.

  • Matt Zimmerman, who plays Saul Wright, appears in four episodes throughout the nine series of T-Bag, making him the most prolific guest actor alongside James Saxon and Jo Warne. This is his second of his four appearances.
    (Turn on to T-Bag, Episode 9: Doc Leaf)
    (T. Bag and The Pearls of Wisdom, Episode 2: High Noon)
    (T. Bag and The Rings of Olympus, Episode 6: Exit With A Puff)
  • The stage at the silver spoon awards was used earlier in the series, in episode 3, as the transporter pad on the spaceship.
    (T. Bag and The Revenge of the T. Set, Episode 3: Lost In Space)
  • T-Shirt recalls his time as 'Rip Shirt' later in the series when he meets Will Wagadagger.
    (T. Bag and The Revenge of the T. Set, Episode 9: The Bard)
  • Saul Wright mentions that 'Davey Gravy can't do the show tonight', Davey Gravy is mentioned again later in the series when T-Shirt plays a song on his Hi-Fi (sha bam bam bam, Sha boom boom boom) which is confiscated by the Queen.
    (T. Bag and The Revenge of the T. Set, Episode 9: The Bard)
  • Saul Wright speaks to Nancy on the phone when trying to get in contact with Thomas Shirt, Nancy is also spoken to on the phone in other episodes.
    (T. Bag and The Rings of Olympus, Episode 6: Exit With A Puff)
    (Take off with T. Bag, Episode 9: The Red Shoes)