Wonders In Letterland Episode 6: Debbie In The Land Of R

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UK Air Date09/05/1985, 4.20pm
Repeat ScreeningN/A
Copyright YearMCMLXXXV (1985)
VTR Date21/02/1985
Fremantle Archive Ref31217
Consecutive Episode Number6
IMDB LinkEpisode page

T. Bag (Tallulah Bag)Elizabeth Estensen
T. ShirtJohn Hasler
DebbieJennie Stallwood
Rascally RogerJim Norton

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

Debbie is accosted by Rascally Roger in the Land of R where he takes her letters back to his ship ‘The Rhubarb’. Rascally Roger takes the letters with his golden letter R to a secret hiding place on the land.
The High-T Website synopsis

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Super important top-secret mission

Debbie: T-Shirt.
T-Shirt: Hello Debbie, sorry I can't stop and chat. I'm on a... a super important top-secret mission.
Debbie: Doing T-Bag's dirty work more like.
(Rascally Roger walks on deck).
T-Shirt: Roger.
Rascally Roger: Arghh.
T-Shirt: I've come for the golden letters.
Debbie: So that's it.
Rascally Roger: Oh-arrghh.
T-Shirt: Yeah right, hand 'em over.
Rascally Roger: Says who?
T-Shirt: Says her Majesty, that's who.
Rascally Roger: You sure about that?
T-Shirt: She sent me herself.
Debbie: Oh dear, oh me.
Rascally Roger: What?
Debbie: I wouldn't trust him, he's always telling fibs.
T-Shirt: That's a lie.
Rascally Roger: Arhh, now that I looks closer you have got the kind of face I don't trust.
T-Shirt: Heh?
Rascally Roger: Arggh, those cheeky little eyes, all innocent like, I do believe you be telling me fibs.
T-Shirt: I'm not.
Debbie: If the T-Bag wanted those letters so badly why didn't she come and get them herself.
Rascally Roger: Good question lad. Well you little ragamuffin, speak up.
T-Shirt: She's got a stinking cold.
Rascally Roger: Cold?
T-Shirt: It was all that snow.
Rascally Roger: Snow? It never snows here.
Debbie: Quite right.
T-Shirt: Yes but I mean...
Rascally Roger: Sun is always shining.
T-Shirt: But I...
Rascally Roger: I do believe you be telling me fibs.
Debbie: Told you not to trust him.
Rascally Roger: Go on you scurvy dog, before I make ye walk the plank. Go on, scram. Ah-ha, as for you, back to work, back to work I say.
(T-Shirt leaves).
Rascally Roger (thinking): Every rascal's out to rob me, rattle me rudders, I better be hiding me riches some place nice and secure. Arrgh.
Rascally Roger: I be going ashore in the little rowing boat, I won't be long, so don't you get up to any mischief right? Right, arghh.
(Rascally Roger leaves).
Debbie: Now after all my hard work, my golden letters are gone, now I'll never open the chest, I'll never find out what it's all about.

Added: 08/12/2013

Look where they be headed

Debbie: All my letters plus the R.
T-Shirt: Arrhhh.
Debbie: Arrhhh.
Rascally Roger: Arrrggghhhhh.
Debbie: T-Bag!
T-Bag: So we meet again little horrible Deborah. Stay where you are, T-Shirt hand those over to me.
Debbie: You don't have to listen to her T-Shirt.
T-Bag: Oh yes he does, T-Shirt!
T-Shirt: Alright then, you want them, you can have them (He throws them the empty casket).
Rascally Roger: Hrrrn.
(T-Shirt and Debbie run off).
T-Shirt: Run Debbie run.
Rascally Roger: Run off like rats from the sinking ship.
T-Bag: Never mind, we've got the letters. Toasted teacakes and treacle tarts, it's empty. They've tricked me, betrayed by my little T-Shirt.
Rascally Roger: Good riddance to bad rubbish is what I says (he laughs).
T-Bag: What's so funny?
Rascally Roger: Look where they be headed, he-heh, hmm.
T-Bag: The Land of V.
Rascally Roger: Arh, and we all know who lives there don't we?
T-Bag: Yes.
Rascally Roger: He-he-heh.
T-Bag: There's no escape for them this time.
Rascally Roger: They be doomed, doomed I tell'ee (he laughs).

Added: 04/04/2015

"The Captured Camera"
In the first T-Square scene, as the picture cuts from the first long shot to a close-up of T-Bag, on the left of the picture, the side of a bulky television camera is clearly visible. After a couple of seconds, the camera is quickly pulled out of shot. What a blunder!

"The Wonders Of Letterland"
When Debbie sings her song on board Rascally Roger's ship, the song has not been dubbed correctly so the song is slightly out of sync with Debbie miming.

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

  • The 'number of footsteps to the hidden treasure' was reused for The Amazing Adventures of T-Bag book.

  • When Debbie and T-Shirt run back through the lands of the board game in episode 10, they encounter Rascally Roger who tries to block their way.
    (Wonders in Letterland, Episode 10: Back To Square One)
  • T-Shirt uses a cup and saucer to communicate with T-Bag, he also does this again during T. Bag and The Pearls of Wisdom.
    (T. Bag and The Pearls of Wisdom, Episode 5: Mutiny!)
  • 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 Rascally Roger's pirate hat.
    (T-Bag Strikes Again, Episode 1: The Town Clock)
  • Debbie gets the golden letters stolen by the pirate Rascally Roger, this also happens in other episodes.
    (T-Bag Strikes Again, Episode 6: Dick Gherkin)
    (T-Bag Bounces Back, Episode 6: Hi-Hat)
    (T-Bag Bounces Back, Episode 9: Nikdit The Thief)
    (Turn on to T-Bag, Episode 6: Scrimp)
    (Turn on to T-Bag, Episode 9: Doc Leaf)
    (T. Bag and The Pearls of Wisdom, Episode 4: Grimble and Squiffy)
    (T. Bag and The Pearls of Wisdom, Episode 8: Cedric Sackbutt's Search For A Song)
    (T. Bag and The Rings of Olympus, Episode 4: Rum Barbara)
    (T. Bag and The Rings of Olympus, Episode 7: Rats)
    (T. Bag and The Sunstones of Montezuma, Episode 4: Gone Fishing)