T-Bag Strikes Again Episode 3: Ben And Bunty Badshot

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UK Air Date10/09/1986, 4.20pm
Repeat Screening13/04/1988, 4.20pm
Copyright YearMCMLXXXV (1985)
VTR Date02/09/1985
Fremantle Archive Ref33212 (series ref)
Consecutive Episode Number13
IMDB LinkEpisode page

T. Bag (Tallulah Bag)Elizabeth Estensen
T. ShirtJohn Hasler
DebbieJennie Stallwood
Ben BadshottFrank Middlemass
Bunty BadshottBrenda Cowling

Make UpPearl Rashbass
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

Debbie gets caught in a trap for wild boar set by Ben Badshott. He rescues her and tells her he plays cricket. When Bunty Badshott arrives on the island searching for a wild bird T-Shirt leads them out of the way so T-Bag can get the number 3 from Ben Badshott’s cricket trophy.
The High-T Website synopsis

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A new frock

T-Bag: Well, do you notice anything different?
T-Shirt: Erm, oh yes, you're smiling.
T-Bag: No, I'm wearing a new frock.
T-Shirt: Wanna play Snakes and Ladders?
T-Bag: No.
T-Shirt: Tiddlywinks?
T-Bag: No.
T-Shirt: Ludo?
T-Bag: No.
T-Shirt: Snooker? Table Tennis? Darts? Rugby?
T-Bag: Don't be stupid.
T-Shirt: Oh you never play anything with me and I'm bored. Bored, bored, bored.
T-Bag: I'm not interested in your childish games, I have enough on my mind with that infernal Miss busybody buzzing around.
T-Shirt: Who Debbie?
T-Bag: I've told you not to mention that name.
T-Shirt: Maybe I can ask her to play with me.
T-Bag: You'll do nothing of the no-such which.
T-Shirt: Eh?
T-Bag: Keep away from her, she's out of bounds, got it?
T-Shirt: I'm fed up.
T-Bag: Well if you're at a loose end you can brew me a cuppa.
T-Shirt: Oh yippee, sounds like great fun.
T-Bag: You're not here to have fun, you're here to serve me, don't forget that.
T-Shirt: Yes your Majesty.
T-Bag: Fun, pah! And clear away all this rubbish, I shouldn't have to put up with this nonsense. Really T-Shirt, you should take a lesson from me, be serious, be sober, be seeeeeeeeeeensible.
(T-Bag walks onto a skate and goes flying across the T-Room crashing into some plants and other debris).

Added: 04/04/2015

A stranger in a strange land

Bunty Badshott: Let's go and sit down over there.
Debbie: Alright.
Bunty Badshott: Now then, your name is er, Debbie.
Debbie: Yes, that's right.
Bunty Badshott: Well tell me Debbie, do you live here as well or what?
Debbie: Oh no, I'm just passing through.
Bunty Badshott: Ah, like me eh. A stranger in a strange land.
Debbie: You could say that. What are you here for then Bunty?
Bunty Badshott: Ooh the bird watching, I love it. And I must say this island is simply chock-a-block with the most amazing varieties, it's really quite splendid. Are you here for the birds?
Debbie: Oh no, I'm on a quest.
Bunty Badshott: A quest? What quest?
Debbie: It's a long story, I've got to find a whole load of silver numbers to put back on the clock in the first story.
Bunty Badshott: Well where are they?
Debbie: I wish I knew. I found a few already but it's such hard work. Nobody seems to want to help me either. I don't think I'll find any more at this rate.
Bunty Badshott: Well look why don't I give you a hand? Your eagle eye and my eagle eye, well, birds of a feather should stick together, eh.
Debbie: Really? Oh thanks Bunty.

Added: 04/04/2018

Treacle tarts and teacakes

T-Bag: Treacle tarts and teacakes.
T-Shirt: What’s up?
T-Bag: Miss smartie-pants has got someone helping her.
T-Shirt: Well that’s alright, you’ve got someone helping you.
T-Bag: Who?
T-Shirt: Me.
T-Bag: Don’t make me laugh.

Acme bat company

T-Bag: Good afternoon, may I come in? Thank you very much.
Ben Badshott: Great galloping googlies. This be the busiest deserted island I've ever clapped eyes on. Who in the tarnation are you?
T-Bag: What a lucky day this is for you sir.
Ben Badshott: Eh?
T-Bag: That I should happen to be passing this way. A B C, Acme bat company, bats for all occasions, at your service. And speaking of service, Ping Pong bats, I'll ping and you pong.
Ben Badshott: I pong?
T-Bag: Exactly, you said it.
Ben Badshott: I'm not interested in that.
T-Bag: Baseball Bat.
Ben Badshott: No.
T-Bag: Vampire Bat.
Ben Badshott: No, no, no.
T-Bag: Cricket Bat.
Ben Badshott: No. Yeah, Cricket Bat.
T-Bag: The Acme Cricket Bat, finest in the land, honed from the choicest willow and lovingly soaked in a trough of golden linseed oil.
Ben Badshott: It's a cracker, I'll have that.
T-Bag: Cash on the nail I'm afraid, A bargain though, at only 9 99 99.
Ben Badshott: I can't afford that.
T-Bag: We have a credit scheme, a third down and three months to pay.
Ben Badshott: I haven't any money.
T-Bag: Oh dear, what a pity, never mind.
Ben Badshott: No wait, there must be something of value that you could accept.
T-Bag: Well, hmm, perhaps..
Ben Badshott: I know, I have the very thing, my goat, she's tied up outside.
T-Bag: I don't want a goat you old fool, what I want is this.
Ben Badshott: What my cricketing trophy? I don't know about that.
T-Bag: No trophy, no bat. No bat...
Ben Badshott: No Cricket... Alright then, it's a deal, take it.
T-Bag: It's a pleasure to do you, uh, do business with you. Good day.

Added: 04/04/2011

I've more numbers to find

Ben Badshott: Ooh that was marvellous, thank you very much indeed little lady.
Debbie: That's alright, I enjoyed it. Thank you very much too.
Ben & Bunty Badshott: Don't mention it.
Debbie: Well, I've more numbers to find so I'm off now. Well bye.
Ben Badshott: Goodbye.
Bunty Badshott: Bye and good luck.
Ben Badshott: Hmm.
Debbie: Thanks. Bye
Bunty Badshott: Bye.
Ben Badshott: Bye now.
Bunty Badshott: Bye.

Added: 04/04/2016

"Realistic Scenery"
When T-Bag goes to hide behind the bushes after she hears Bunty Badshott marching T-Shirt along; after he has been found out as a decoy (left-right-left-right etc) she whirls around and catches her dress on the bush which results in a loud 'twang' (and those bushes were so realistic).

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  • Frank Middlemass, who played Ben Badshott, sadly passed away on 8th September 2006, aged 87.
  • Brenda Cowling, who played Bunty Badshott, sadly passed away on 2nd October 2010, aged 85.
  • This is the first episode where T-Bag wears her 'red-velvet' dress that she wears throughout this and the following series. Although the sleeve of this dress is mistakenly seen when T-Bag looks in her saucer in episode one of this series.
  • T-Bag's 'red-velvet' dress was first seen during T-Bag and T-Shirt presenting Children's ITV in August 1986 before this episode had aired.

  • A clip from this episode is shown when T-Shirt reminisces in T. Bag and the Revenge of the T. Set.
    (T. Bag and The Revenge of the T. Set, Episode 1: The Stone Circle)
  • The acronym of ‘ABC’ is used four times throughout the nine series, this is the first time it is used. This time ABC stands for 'Acme Bat Company'.
    (T-Bag Bounces Back, Episode 2: Nights In Arabia)
    (T-Bag Bounces Back, Episode 9: Nikdit The Thief)
    (T. Bag and The Revenge of the T. Set, Episode 3: Lost In Space)
  • This is one of three episodes where both names of the characters played by the guest actors feature in the episode title.
    (T. Bag and The Pearls of Wisdom, Episode 4: Grimble and Squiffy)
    (T. Bag and The Sunstones of Montezuma, Episode 2: Gussie and Twittering)
  • There are other episodes that feature two names in the episode title.
    (T. Bag and The Sunstones of Montezuma, Episode 8: Napoleon and Josephine)
    (Take off with T. Bag, Episode 6: Antony and Cleopatra)
  • T-Bag often refers to herself as ‘The High-T’ as she does during this episode. This is mostly spoken by Tallulah Bag but is said once by Tabatha Bag.
    (Wonders in Letterland, Episode 5: Debbie In The Land Of P)
    (Wonders in Letterland, Episode 10: Back To Square One)
    (T-Bag Strikes Again, Episode 1: The Town Clock)
    (T-Bag Strikes Again, Episode 9: Charlie Chuckles)
    (T-Bag Strikes Again, Episode 10: The Magic Garden)
    (Turn on to T-Bag, Episode 10: Turn On To T-Bag)
    (T. Bag and The Revenge of the T. Set, Episode 1: The Stone Circle)
    (T. Bag and The Revenge of the T. Set, Episode 3: Lost In Space)
    (T. Bag and The Revenge of the T. Set, Episode 4: Turkish Delight)
    (T. Bag's Christmas Carol)
    (T. Bag and The Pearls of Wisdom, Episode 1: Any Old Port)
  • T-Shirt refers back to this episode when he mentions that 'I wanted to stay and play cricket with Ben and Bunty Badshot' during the next episode.
    (T-Bag Strikes Again, Episode 4: Scrap Harry)