T-Bag Strikes Again Episode 10: The Magic Garden

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UK Air Date29/10/1986, 4.20pm
Repeat Screening08/06/1988, 4.20pm
Copyright YearMCMLXXXVI (1986)
VTR Date10/10/1985
Fremantle Archive Ref33212 (series ref)
Consecutive Episode Number20
IMDB LinkEpisode page

T. Bag (Tallulah Bag)Elizabeth Estensen
T. ShirtJohn Hasler
DebbieJennie Stallwood
Hickery Dickery-DockRoy Barraclough

Make UpJann Marshall
Costume DesignerRaymond Childe
Graphic DesignerAlex Forbes
Stage ManagerBobby Webber
Production AssistantPat Lees
Written ByLee Pressman
Grant Cathro
DesignerJohn Plant
Executive ProducerMarjorie Sigley
ProducersCharles Warren
Leon Thau
DirectorLeon Thau

T-Bag chases Debbie into the Magic Garden but Debbie hides. T-Bag pretends to be Hickory and Debbie gives the numbers to her. Debbie goes to the T-Room to get the numbers from T-Bag who is planning on melting them down. Will T-Bag destroy the numbers or will Debbie destroy T-Bag?
The High-T Website synopsis
T-Bag is on the warpath. Debbie has most of the silver numbers of the clock and has taken them back to the Town Crier. But when the numbers are put back on the clock, there are still some missing.
TV Times listing

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T-Bag: Look, look, look who’s come to tea.
Debbie: I wouldn’t have tea with you T-Bag.
T-Bag: Oh don’t be like that Deborah, climb down from your high-horse, relax, accept my hospitali-T.

Small Brain

Debbie: I want those numbers back NOW!
T-Bag: You know for someone with such a big mouth you’ve got a remarkably small brain.

Tease Her Even More

T-Shirt: Let me go after her and tease her even more.
T-Bag: Oh no no enough’s enough.
T-Shirt: Oh go on let me, I’ll pull her hair and push her in the mud and call her names, let me, let me.
T-Bag: Oh go on enjoy yourself have a good time.
T-Shirt: Oh I will.

A Few Missing

Debbie: There’s still a few missing, the ten, eleven and a bit of twelve.
T-Shirt: Where will they be?
Debbie: That’s anybody’s guess, I thought I had looked everywhere. Now let’s see, I found the one in the first story, the twos in the second story, a three in the third story...
T-Shirt: Oh it’s simple then, you’ll find the ten in the tenth story, the eleven in the eleventh story.
Debbie: But there isn’t a tenth or eleventh story.

It's midnight

Hickery: Look, it's almost midnight.
T-Shirt: What happens then?
Hickery: I can't remember.
Debbie: But we'll soon find out.
T-Bag: Not if I can help it.
Hickery, Debbie & T-Shirt: T-Bag!
T-Bag: You stupid people. Will you never learn? I'll teach you once and for all not to tangle with the High-T.
Debbie: No!
T-Bag: Prepare to meet thy doom Deborah. (T-Bag tries to use her magic but can't) What's the matter with my magic?
T-Shirt: I can tell you that. That last cup of tea I made you, it wasn't tea at all. Your powers have been getting weaker and weaker the more you drank.
T-Bag: You little fiend.
Hickery: Listen.
Debbie: It's midnight.
T-Bag: Oh no.
Hickery: Midnight, midnight, it's all come flooding back to me, I remember now. At midnight something wonderful happens.
Debbie: What?
Hickery: At midnight good triumphs over evil.
T-Shirt: Eh?
Hickery: At midnight everything evil withers and dies and in it's place goodness grows and flourishes. Everything's going to be wonderful.
T-Bag: Not for me.

Added: 04/04/2018

Stories with happy endings

Thomas: Great book that eh?
Debbie: Ooh, you frightened me.
Thomas: Oh sorry, I didn't mean to.
Debbie: Yes, it's a great book.
Thomas: I like stories with happy endings, don't you?
Debbie: Yes I do.

Added: 04/04/2015

"The Tenth Story"
When T-Shirt returns the silver numbers to Debbie and they try to think where the numbers 10, 11 and the one in 12 could be, T-Shirt suggests the 10 would be in the tenth story and so on, Debbie tells him there isn’t a tenth story but there is. The tenth story is ‘The Magic Garden’ where T-Bag lives.

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  • According to the BBFC rating for the DVD release this episode has the longest runtime of the series at 20 minutes 19 seconds.
  • Roy Barraclough, who played Hickery Dickory-Dock, sadly passed away on 1st June 2017, aged 81.