T-Bag Strikes Again Episode 4: Scrap Harry

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UK Air Date17/09/1986, 4.20pm
Repeat Screening20/04/1988, 4.20pm
Copyright YearMCMLXXXVI (1986)
VTR Date23/09/1985
Fremantle Archive Ref33212 (series ref)
Consecutive Episode Number14
IMDB LinkEpisode page

T. Bag (Tallulah Bag)Elizabeth Estensen
T. ShirtJohn Hasler
DebbieJennie Stallwood
Scrap HarryRichard Rees
The GenieJack Haig

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

Debbie arrives on Scrap Harry's scrap metal boat. Debbie finds a magic lampwith a genie who grants her wish to be hidden from T-Bag inside his lamp. When the Genie gives the lamp to T-Bag Debbie is trapped, will she get out of the lamp and find the silver number 4?
The High-T Website synopsis

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Enough cheek

T-Bag: Oh this is ridiculous.
T-Shirt: Oi, don't kick my toys, you'll break them.
T-Bag: If you don't want your toys to get broken don't play with them in here, simple.
T-Shirt: But I wanted to stay and play cricket with Ben and Bunty Badshot and that girl Debbie, you wouldn't let me.
T-Bag: Hold your tongue boy this instant.
T-Shirt: Can't, it's too slippy.
T-Bag: Ooh, if I didn't have to suffer enough cheek from that hateful little girl. Her nose must be twitching by now trying to sniff out the next silver number. Now what have we here? (T-Bag looks in her saucer) Oh, Scrap Harry, ah, the junk dealer. Well I've got some junk he's welcome to have.
(T-Bag uses her magic to gather up all T-Shirt's games).
T-Shirt: What are you doing with my toys?
T-Bag: Getting rid of them. Make yourself useful while I'm away.
T-Shirt: Doing what?
T-Bag: Anything I don't care. Take the rubbish off those dusty old shelves over there. This place is turning into a pig's sty.
(T-Bag disappears and T-Shirt goes to tidy up the stuff on the shelves).

Added: 04/04/2017

Silver did you say?

Scrap Harry: I'll be glad to see the back of this place. It'd be good riddance to bad rubbish, that's what I say.
(T-Bag appears).
Scrap Harry: Flipping heck, where did you spring from?
T-Bag: Good day, I have some junk I want to get rid of, any good to you?
Scrap Harry: Er, no, sorry darling, I only deal in scrap metal. Tin, copper, aluminium, zinc, brass, lead, oh, and gold or silver.
T-Bag: Silver did you say?
Scrap Harry: That's right, darlin', I've got the lot 'ere.
T-Bag: And where there's silver, there's smarty-pants Deborah. She's bound to turn up sooner or later. Young man, you must help me.
Scrap Harry: Look, sorry, like I said I only deal in metal. No sale.
T-Bag: I don't mean that. Oh I can't stand it.
Scrap Harry: What's the matter?
T-Bag: It's my little daughter.
Scrap Harry: What about her?
T-Bag: I can't find her anywhere. She was lost at sea a year ago and I haven't seen her since.
Scrap Harry: Oh dear.
T-Bag: I've searched high and low, oh my poor little baby darling Deborah, my little angel. All alone and lost in the great big world.
Scrap Harry: Oh that's terrible.
T-Bag: Terrible, it is terrible, I don't suppose you've come across her on your travels have you?
Scrap Harry: The poor lost little kid, she must be so lonely, lonely and afraid.
T-Bag: Alright, alright, have you seen her?
Scrap Harry: I'm afraid not.
T-Bag: Excellent, I mean, what a pity. If you should happen across her you will keep her safe for me, won't you?
Scrap Harry: What does she look like?
T-Bag: A charming little child, with red curly hair and a cheerful little smile, her name is Debbie, bluergh. You will keep her safe for me, won't you?
Scrap Harry: You've got my word.
T-Bag: Splendid, I'll be back soon, bye bye.
Scrap Harry: Hold on.
T-Bag: What?
Scrap Harry: Seeing how you've hit a patch of bad luck, I'll do you a favour. I'll take your pile of junk off you, here you are.
T-Bag: What's this for?
Scrap Harry: It's your payment. I donít give credit and I donít give cash but Iíll give you a balloon for your rubbish and trash, a deal?
T-Bag: Custard tarts, give it here. You just remember to keep your eyes peeled.
Scrap Harry: I will, I will (T-Bag disappears). Oh an... Huh, nice lady that.

Added: 08/12/2013

Walked right into the trap

(T-Shirt is making noises).
T-Bag: T-Shirt, stop making those revolting noises, you're putting me off my tea.
T-Shirt: You burst my balloon, that was a rotten thing to do.
T-Bag: Oh do stop moaning, ha, ha, ha, ha, come and have a look at this T-Shirt, the little mouse has walked right into the trap.
T-Shirt: That's not a little mouse, it's that girl, Debbie.
T-Bag: Yes and I've got her exactly where I want her.

Added: 04/04/2019

Free balloons

Scrap Harry: Have you got Mrs Bun the baker's wife?
Genie: Ah, Mrs Bun, no. Have you got Master Bones the butcher's son?
Scrap Harry: No. Have you got Miss Chip the carpenter's daughter?
Genie: Oh, Miss Chip, Mr Bones, I'm fed up with all this. I, I want my home back.
Scrap Harry: Alright, alright, don't get your whiskers in a twist. I'm sure that nice lady will bring it back safe and sound.
Genie: Ohhhh, wurhhhh. Fat chance.
Scrap Harry: Right, what shall we play now? Ludo, Snakes and Ladders, Tiddlywinks?
Genie: Poppycock.
Scrap Harry: Don't think I've got that one.
Genie: Bah! Robbed of my home. Phurh-uh, if I were 750 years younger why I'd, I'd, I'd, I'd...
(T-Shirt appears).
T-Shirt: Hello.
Genie: Hello. dohhh, phu-huh.
T-Shirt: What's the matter with him?
Scrap Harry: Who are you?
T-Shirt: My name's T-Shirt and a little bird told me that you give away free balloons, can I have one?
Scrap Harry: Hold your horses son, I don't give 'em away, I swap 'em. I donít give credit and I donít give cash but Iíll give you a balloon for your rubbish or trash.
T-Shirt: Rubbish or trash, hmm.
(T-Shirt disappears).
Genie: And another thing my boy you...
Scrap Harry: But... funny sort of day this, people popping in and out all over the shop.

Added: 04/04/2015

When Debbie first rubs the lamp and The Genie appears, a boom-mic appears above The Genie in a close up-shot of him, just above his head.

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

  • Jack Haig, who played The Genie, sadly passed away on 4th July 1989, aged 76.
  • Richard Rees appeared in The Tomorrow People which was also written by Lee Pressman and Grant Cathro. Richard Rees appeared in episode four of 'The Culex Experiment' as Doctor Leong.

  • This episode features a genie in a magic lamp, variations of this theme appeared in other series.
    (T-Bag Bounces Back, Episode 2: Nights In Arabia)
    (T. Bag and The Revenge of the T. Set, Episode 4: Turkish Delight)
    (Take off with T. Bag, Episode 2: Thief Of Baghdad)
  • The genie's hat can be seen in Hi-Hat's shop in T-Bag Bounces Back.
    (T-Bag Bounces Back, Episode 6: Hi-Hat)
  • T-Shirt mentions that 'I wanted to stay and play cricket with Ben and Bunty Badshot' refering to the previous episode.
    (T-Bag Strikes Again, Episode 3: Ben And Bunty Badshot)
  • Scrap Harry and the Genie are playing the card game Happy Families, this would also be played between T-Shirt and Tow-Ling in Take off with T. Bag, with neither being able to get the cards they ask for from the other player.
    (Take off with T. Bag, Episode 10: Shangri-La)
  • Part of this episode is set on board a boat, other episodes are also set on board boats.
    (Wonders in Letterland, Episode 6: Debbie In The Land Of R)
    (T-Bag Strikes Again, Episode 7: Long John Sylvia)
    (T-Bag Bounces Back, Episode 4: Black Hearted Belle)
    (T. Bag and The Pearls of Wisdom, Episode 5: Mutiny!)
    (T. Bag and The Sunstones of Montezuma, Episode 5: Hippies)