Wonders In Letterland Episode 8: Debbie In The Land Of O

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UK Air Date23/05/1985, 4.20pm
Repeat ScreeningN/A
Copyright YearMCMLXXXV (1985)
VTR Date07/03/1985
Fremantle Archive Ref31219
Consecutive Episode Number8
IMDB LinkEpisode page

T. Bag (Tallulah Bag)Elizabeth Estensen
T. ShirtJohn Hasler
DebbieJennie Stallwood
Fife 'O ClockJim Norton

CastingSonia Higgins
Make UpGillian Wakeford
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

Fife o Clock can not get his clock to work properly in the Land of O. When Debbie arrives he thinks she is the assistant T-Bag promised him to help get the clock working again.
The High-T Website synopsis

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Chef's surprise

T-Bag: T-Shirt.
T-Shirt: Yes your Majesty.
T-Bag: Is it tea time yet? My tummy's rumbling.
T-Shirt: Oh I thought I heard thunder.
T-Bag: Don't be impudent, I'm hungry, when, when, when is it tea time.
T-Shirt: You know when it's tea time, when the clock goes bing boing bing boing bing boing bing boing bing boing bing boing bing boing bing boing boing boing boing boing boing!
T-Bag: Well I wish it would hurry up and go boing boing boing boing boing! I'm starving, famished.
T-Shirt: Right what would you like me to magic up?
T-Bag: Well erm?
T-Shirt: I recommend the chef's surprise.
T-Bag: Hmm, the chef's surprise, what's that?
T-Shirt: Boo!
T-Bag: Arrgghh! You stupid boy, stop larking about, Tea time is serious! I'll make my own tea, thank you very much.
(T-Bag magics up a big plate of chicken and chips).
T-Shirt: Uh uh uh uh.
T-Bag: What's up?
T-Shirt: It's not tea time yet.
T-Bag: It must be by now.
T-Shirt: The bell hasn't rung.
T-Bag: You're right but I'm sure it's way past time.
T-Shirt: Yes.
T-Bag: It's that idiot, Fife 'O Clock.
T-Shirt: Fife 'O Clock?
T-Bag: The man in the land of O that operates the clock, it never rings properly or on time anymore, I wish I knew what he was playing at.

Added: 04/04/2015

Exactly why you're here

Debbie: I hope there's somebody here who'll help me find the next missing golden letter.
(Fife appears).
Debbie: Oh hello, my name's Debbie and I'm here to...
Fife 'O Clock: Don't tell me, I know exactly why you're here.
Debbie: Oh you do.
Fife 'O Clock: Oh yes and I can't tell you how pleased I am to be seeing ya.
Debbie: Thank you.
Fife 'O Clock: Hmm.
Debbie: Well what's your name?
Fife 'O Clock: My name is O' Clock, Fife 'O Clock and it's just grand to have you here. I can't tell ya.
Debbie: Gosh, this makes a nice change.
Fife 'O Clock: Hmm, I bet your very keen to start right away.
Debbie: Oh yes, very keen.
Fife 'O Clock: That's what I thought. In you come, that's it now. In we go (he laughs).

Added: 04/04/2019

Stop acting like a child

T-Bag: Where is she? Wait 'til I get my hands on her. I've a bone to pick with that girl.
T-Shirt: Yeah a T-bone.
T-Bag: I'm in no mood for your pathetic jokes T-Shirt, stop acting like a child.
T-Shirt: But I am a child.
T-Bag: That's no excuse, I'm losing my patience with you, just help me find that girl and get those letters from her.
T-Shirt: No, I'm not doing it, I won't help you, leave Debbie alone.
T-Bag: Not another word.
T-Shirt: And when I see her I'm going to tell her.
T-Bag: Tell her what?
T-Shirt: That I'm not working for you anymore.
T-Bag: You'll tell her that will you?
T-Shirt: Yes.
T-Bag: You won't tell anybody anything. (T-Bag uses her magic and T-Shirt has lost his voice) Ha, ha! That's shut you up. Now if you want your voice back you'll do exactly as I say, got it? Get me those letters and when I have them in my hand then you can have your voice back, clear? (T-Shirt nods) Good, now start looking.

Added: 04/04/2015

"Fife O' Boom"
In the very first shot featuring Fife O'Clock, as he walks over to the clock, a boom-mic bobs in at the very top of the shot (close to the centre, towards the left), then bobs out again. This may be obscured by the black border while playing this scene on a TV but it is in the recording.

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

  • The name of the character Fife O Clock, is a play-on-words for 'Five O Clock'.

  • This is the first episode to use a clock not working as the basis of a storyline, the next series uses a clock that's not working at a set up to the series.
    (T-Bag Strikes Again, Episode 1: The Town Clock)