Wonders In Letterland Episode 2: Debbie In The Land Of B

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UK Air Date11/04/1985, 4.20pm
Repeat ScreeningN/A
Copyright YearMCMLXXXV (1985)
VTR Date18/01/1985
Fremantle Archive Ref31213
Consecutive Episode Number2
IMDB LinkEpisode page

T. Bag (Tallulah Bag)Elizabeth Estensen
T. ShirtJohn Hasler
DebbieJennie Stallwood
The GardenerJim Norton
BalthazzarPeter McKriel

CastingSonia Higgins
Make UpGillian Wakeford
Costume DesignerRaymond Childe
Graphic DesignerAlex Forbes
Stage ManagerBobby Webber
Production AssistantPat Lees
Flute Music ByTerry Trower
Written ByLee Pressman
Grant Cathro
DesignerJohn Plant
Executive ProducerMarjorie Sigley
ProducersCharles Warren
Leon Thau
DirectorLeon Thau

Debbie and the Gardner arrive in the Land of B where a guard by the name of Balthazar is blocking the way for T-Bag but he will let Debbie pass if she can guess his name.
The High-T Website synopsis

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My little T-Shirt

T-Bag: (She laughs) That should take care of that. Come and look at this T-Shirt. What did she think? I'd just let her stroll around picking up those infernal letters, did she?
T-Shirt: No chance.
T-Bag: No indeed, my little T-Shirt, no indeed.

Added: 04/04/2017

Where’s that tea?

T-Bag: T-Shirt where’s that tea?
T-Shirt: Coming up… Tea’s up.
T-Bag: ‘bout time too.
T-Shirt: Just the way you like it.
T-Bag: Not too weak.
T-Shirt: Not too strong.
T-Bag and T-Shirt: Don’t leave it in the pot too long.

Flute grass

Balthazzar: Fun, huh, huh, huh. Fun, ha, ha, ha! What do I know about fun? Standing here all day in these daft clothes. I mean it's alright now, it's fine. But when she starts playing about with the weather. Rain. Wind. Snow (he cries). Wearing these awful clothes (he cries). It isn't funny is it? And it's boring, boring!
Debbie: We're very sorry and we would love to cheer you up but it is very important that we find this golden B.
Balthazzar: No!
Debbie: We guessed your name.
Balthazzar: No! Not unless... unless... Unless you entertain me first.
Gardener: Entertain you?
Balthazzar: Yes, sure you know. Sing, recite a poem, dance. Gee, that's a great idea. Dance for me, I just adore dancing.
Gardener: Go on, dance for him.
Debbie: I can't dance.
Gardener: You can't, of course you can.
Debbie: No I can't.
Gardener: You can't?
Debbie: No.
Gardener: Oh wonderful.
Debbie: Wouldn't a nice poem do?
Balthazzar: Nice poem do? No! Dance for me or back you go.
Debbie: What are we going to do?
Gardener: Well you're not much good at reading or spelling and now you can't dance and we haven't got one letter yet. Oh silly me.
Debbie: What's the matter?
Gardener: Look.
Debbie: What's that?
Gardener: Flute grass.
Debbie: Flute grass?
Gardener: Just you watch. Balthazzar your birthday cake. Ah, Balthazzar might I borrow your blade? Thank you, uh.
(The Gardener plays the flute and Debbie begins to dance).
Balthazzar: Bravo, bravo, bravo. I thought you said you couldn't dance.
Debbie: I've never danced like that before in my life, my feet were on air.
Balthazzar: Dance some more.
(The Gardener plays the flute and Debbie continues to dance).
Balthazzar: Wonderful, wonderful, (he claps) again, again.

Added: 04/04/2015

"Shiny Stars"
The stars on T-Bag's dress have changed since the first episode. In episode one the stars seem to be made from a shiny flat material, from episode two to the end of the series the stars seem to have been replaced by sequin applique stars. The change must have happened inbetween filming of episode one (10.1.1985) and episode two (18.1.1985).

"Wide awake, wrong direction"
Towards the end of the episode, after stopping the Gardener playing the flute, T-Bag rests with her head to the right-hand side of her seat but in the next scene when she wakes up she is facing the other way with her head to the left-hand side of the seat.

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  • The trick of guessing someone's name by using a Birthday cake and singing Happy Birthday was reused for The Amazing Adventures of T-Bag book.
  • This is the only second episode of a series to feature the series' anchor character.
  • This is the first episode which T-Shirt appears in.
  • This is the first episode we see T-Bag use her saucer to see what is happening outside of the T-Room.
  • When Debbie and the Gardener bring Balthazzar a birthday cake he comments 'Oh but there are only four candles' which could be a reference to The Two Ronnies 'Four Candles/Fork Handles' sketch.

  • This is one of four episodes of this series to have an additional cast member.
    (Wonders in Letterland, Episode 3: Debbie In The Land Of S)
    (Wonders in Letterland, Episode 7: Debbie In The Land Of V)
    (Wonders in Letterland, Episode 9: Debbie In The Land Of E)
  • The Gardener starts to quote the ancient rhyme 'The guest will come in yellow dressed', first heard in the previous episode.
    (Wonders in Letterland, Episode 1: Arrival In Letterland)
  • T-Bag shows of her golden letter T's. Debbie tricks T-Bag into parting with them at the end of the series so she can complete the legend of the chest.
    (Wonders in Letterland, Episode 10: Back To Square One)
  • At the start of T-Bag Strikes Again when Thomas is in the curiosity shop, he takes out some of the props used in Wonders in Letterland, including Balthazzar's sword.
    (T-Bag Strikes Again, Episode 1: The Town Clock)