Take Off With T. Bag Episode 5: Doctor Strangebag

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Episode 1Many Happy Returns
Episode 2Thief Of Baghdad
Episode 3Bagsy Malone
Episode 4Curse Of The Mummy
Episode 5Doctor Strangebag
Episode 6Antony and Cleopatra
Episode 7Phantom Of The Opera
Episode 8Bin Bag
Episode 9The Red Shoes
Episode 10Shangri-La

UK Air Date13/10/1992, 4.15pm
Repeat ScreeningN/A
Copyright Year1992
VTR Dateunknown
Fremantle Archive Ref56887 (series ref)
Consecutive Episode Number89
IMDB LinkEpisode page

T. Bag (Tabatha Bag)Georgina Hale
T. ShirtJohn Hasler
Tow-Ling ShirtBea Julakasiun
Doctor StangebagTrevor Peacock
Bermuda ShultzJoanne Campbell

Make UpChristine Morrell
CostumeJo Allman
CamerasAlbert Almond
SoundJohn Osborne
Stage ManagerBobby Webber
Lighting DirectorPeter Bower
Production AssistantGill Thomas
Video Tape EditorTom Kavanagh
Production DesignerAlex Clarke
ProducerCharles Warren
DirectorNeville Green
Written ByLee Pressman
Grant Cathro

T-Bag, T-Shirt and Tow-Ling land on a Caribbean island. T-Shirt and Tow-Ling go in search of T-Bag’s birthday surprise and they meet Bermuda Shultz, a secret agent. Meanwhile T-Bag stumbles across a hidden cave where she meets Doctor Strangebag who is intent on taking over the world.
The High-T Website synopsis

Title

T. Bag

MI5

Take Off?

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Any fancy ideas

T-Shirt: Oh yes, oh yes, this is the business, I can live with this, very nice.
T-Bag: Oh Shirt-face, don’t start getting any fancy ideas, we’re not on some eighteen to thirty binge to Torremolinos you know, we’re here to help me find my present.
T-Shirt: Ok, ok, relax, let the frown step-down, we’ll find it.

Added: 08/11/2010

MI5

Bermuda: What do you know about MI5?
T-Shirt: That’s where Granny got her wardrobe.
Bermuda: Not MFI!

L.A.

Bermuda: We had a tip-off that Strangebag was up to something big, and I was given the job of trailing him. He’s a bit of jet-setter you know and I spent the first three weeks of the investigation hanging out in L.A.
T-Shirt: Los Angeles?
Bermuda: Luton Airport, lost all of my luggage but eventually I tracked him down to this island and I can’t leave ‘til I find out what he’s up to.

The best seats in the house

Tow-Ling: T-Shirt.
T-Shirt: Tow-Ling, are you alright? Where's T-Bag?
Tow-Ling: You're standing on her.
T-Shirt: Uh?
Tow-Ling: I'll explain later, get out the way.
(Tow-Ling uses the dehydration gun and zaps T-Bag back to life but she looks dishevelled).
T-Shirt: T-Bag.
Bermuda: Where's Strangebag?
Tow-Ling: The missile, we have to stop it, he's trying to take over the world, he's mad.
Doctor Strangebag: Mad am I? Drop the guns, put up your hands.
T-Bag: Oh now listen here Mr Stringbag, Strangebag, there's one incy wincy tiny detail you haven't taken into account, right guys.
T-Shirt & Tow-Ling: Right.
T-Bag: Ha, ha, ha! How do you like this?
(T-Bag tries to use her magic but it doesn't work).
Doctor Strangebag: Do you think flamenco dancing is going to save you? Into the missile room, the lot of you. In two minutes when Rainmaker one blasts off into space, you my dear and your friends are going to have the best seats in the house.

Added: 04/04/2015

"Palm Tree Panic"
Another boom-mic appears towards the top-right of the screen as T-Shirt and Tow Ling split up to search for T-Bag. T-Shirt says 'meet back in five minutes' and as the camera pans away to follow him, a small silver boom-mic appears just above Tow Ling, in front of the palm trees.

"Just Add Water"
Another microphone can be spotted at the very top of the screen when Doctor Strangebag is about to zap T-Bag with the dehydration gun, in the long shot of T-Bag and Doctor strangebag the microphone can be seen above T-Bag's head.

"Something Strange"
During the credits at the end of the episode the credit for Dr Strange-Bag has the letter 't' missing so he is credited as 'Dr Srange-Bag'.

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  • Joanne Campbell, who played Bermuda Shultz, sadly passed away on 20th December 2002, aged 38.
  • The name of the character Bermuda Shultz, is a play-on-words for 'Bermuda Shorts'.
  • Trevor Peacock (Doctor Strangebag) also appeared in The Vicar Of Dibley alongside three times T-Bag guest actor John Bluthal.
  • Behind the scenes footage of this episode was filmed by Lee Pressman and is available to watch as an extra on the reunion DVD documentary released by Fantom Films in September 2007.
  • This is the only episode of this series where T-shirt does not wear either his 'Shirty Something' or 'Full Metal T-Shirt' T-Shirt.
  • Trevor Peacock appeared in Spatz which was also written by Lee Pressman and Grant Cathro. Trevor Peacock appeared in the episode 'Debbie’s Wedding' (#2.7, 21/02/1991) as Mr Powers (Vince’s Dad).

  • T-Bag uses a metal detector to try to find her Birthday surprise, T-Bag also uses a metal detector to find the silver spoon in T. Bag and The Revenge of the T. Set.
    (T. Bag and The Revenge of the T. Set, Episode 3: Lost In Space)
  • Rebounding a shot used during this episode by Tow-Ling using the silver plate to rebound a shot from Doctor Strangebag's dehydration gun was also previously used in two episodes, one in the first series with Debbie using Seraphina's mirror and during T. Bag and The Revenge of the T. Set when Sally rebounds T-Bag's magic that would have zapped them.
    (Wonders in Letterland, Episode 3: Debbie In The Land Of S)
    (T. Bag and The Revenge of the T. Set, Episode 10: The Ceremony)
  • Doctor Strangebag appears as a party guest later in this series during episode ten; this was filmed during filming of episode five.
    (Take off with T. Bag, Episode 10: Shangri-La)
  • Trevor Peacock is credited as a 'Guest Appearance' in the opening credits. This happens twice in this series, occuring again in episode nine.
    (Take off with T. Bag, Episode 9: The Red Shoes)
  • T-Shirt mentions his 'Sooty' watch that acts as a high-powered magnet. Sooty was mentioned before in several earlier episodes. John Hasler also appeared in the Christmas special of 'The Sooty Show' in 1985.
    (T. Bag and The Revenge of the T. Set, Episode 2: When In Rome)
    (T. Bag and The Revenge of the T. Set, Episode 9: The Bard)
    (T. Bag's Christmas Carol)