T. Bag's Christmas Turkey

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UK Air Date26/12/1991, 9.50am
Repeat ScreeningN/A
Copyright Year1991
VTR Dateunknown
Fremantle Archive Ref54695
Consecutive Episode Number74
IMDB LinkEpisode page

T. Bag (Tabatha Bag)Georgina Hale
T. ShirtJohn Hasler
Mumsy BagPeggy Mount
Old King WenceslasJohn Cater
Papa Pepe PeperoniSebastian Abineri
Marguerita PeperoniLaurence Bouvard

Make UpAngela Seyfang
CostumeRaymond Childe
Floor ManagerFrancesca Boulter
Production AssistantGill Thomas
CamerasAlbert Almond
Sound SupervisorPeter Wilcox
Lighting DirectorClive Gulliver
DesignerIan Russell
Written ByLee Pressman
Grant Cathro
ProducerCharles Warren
DirectorGlyn Edwards

T-Bag takes T-Shirt to Bag Towers, where her mum lives, for the Christmas season. When they arrive they find out Mumsie Bag is going away, which T-Bag already knew, T-Bag uses this opportunity to turn the land into a Christmas Free Zone. When Mumsie Bag returns early she finds all her decorations gone and Christmas no where to be seen she finds out that she has to entertain Good King Wenceslas for dinner and entertainment.
The High-T Website synopsis
T-Bag arrives at her mother’s castle and declares a Christmas-free zone.
TV Times listing
'Mumsy', Peggy Mount, discovers wicked witch T-Bag (Georgina Hale) being nasty to an old beggar man.
TV Times 'Don't Miss' preview

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Your Mother

T-Bag: Oh, the place hasn't changed a bit. Depressing as ever.
T-Shirt: Looks great to me.
T-Bag: Yes, well you didn't have to spend the first four hundred years of your life here, did you?
T-Shirt: I can't wait to meet your mother. Is she anything like you? Or isn't she into biting the heads off live chickens?
T-Bag: My mother's nothing like me.
T-Shirt: Things are looking up.
T-Bag: Leaving home was the best move I ever made.
T-Shirt: Anybody would think you didn't like living with your mother.
T-Bag: I felt like Pinocchio trapped in a lift with a wood pecker. Peck, peck, peck. Oh come on Mumsy, we’re getting frostbite out here.
Mumsie Bag: Tabatha darling, oh you’re still wearing that old thing are you? Better get inside before the neighbours see you.
T-Bag: See what I mean, peck, peck, peck, peck, peck, peck, peck…
Mumsie Bag: And don’t tramp snow all over my beautiful stimulated tiger skin rug. Oh Tabatha didn’t tell me she found herself a new toy boy; oh very cute, nice rosy cheeks.

A proper happy Christmas

Mumsie Bag: Ooh, ooh she's a terrible girl, terrible. Never writes, never comes for a visit.
T-Bag: Ohhh do stop wittering Mumsie, I'm here now aren't I?
Mumsie Bag: Oh yes now, now she's here, now when I have to go away for three weeks.
T-Shirt: You're going away?
T-Bag: Right, don't let us keep you Mumsie, remember you've got to check in two hours before your broomstick takes off (laughs).
Mumsie Bag: Oh do you hear the way she talks to her own mother? Well...
T-Bag: Hurrrh.
Mumsie Bag: ... you may think you're a big shot but your not. Don't forget I'm the mug who had to change your nappies.
T-Bag: Mumsie, remember, every mother has to do that.
Mumsie Bag: Yes, but not for thirty two years. Oh, cooking, washing, scrubbing, cleaning, I worked my servants to the bone for you. And do you care? No you do not care because you're a self-satisfied, stuck-up, precocious little madam and I wash my hands of you.
T-Bag: Ooooh.
Mumsie Bag: Ohhh!
(Mumsie leaves the room).
T-Bag: Oh what are you grinning at?
T-Shirt: Well, well, well, who would have thought it? The great Tabatha Bag scared of her little ol' Mumsie.
T-Bag: Oh shut up you idiot. Ohhhh.
T-Shirt: And what's all this stuff about her going away?
T-Bag: Oh did I forget to tell you, the old bat's going on a skiing holiday, we'll have the place to ourselves.
(Mumsie comes back in with her skis).
Mumsie Bag: Right, offski. You'll keep an eye on her for me won't you?
T-Shirt: Yes Mrs Bag.
Mumsie Bag: And remember when I get back I want to find my home exactly as I left it.
T-Bag: Yes. Yes, yes, yes, oh yes.
Mumsie Bag: Well I'll drop you a postcard from the Matterhorn.
T-Bag: Hm, hm, hm, hmmm. Better still, drop yourself from the Matterhorn, ha.
Mumsie Bag: What was that?
T-Bag: Uh, oh, oh, nothing Mumsie, nothing. Go and have yourself a wonderful holiday.
Mumsie Bag: Ah well, Merry Christmas for tomorrow then.
T-Shirt: Thanks Mrs B, you too.
Mumsie Bag: Bye.
(Mumsie leaves).
T-Shirt: Nice place your Mum's got. For once we're going to have a proper Christmas. Do you want to pull a cracker?
T-Bag: Oh don't be so stupid, idiot. Huh, you don't deserve a proper happy Christmas.
(T-Bag uses her magic and all the food, the Christmas tree and the decorations disappear).
T-Shirt: What?
T-Bag: What, oh not so chirpy now Mr Grin-a-lot, no Tele, no food, no nothing.
T-Shirt: But...
T-Bag: But you had it coming, well now it's here, three blissful weeks without the merest jingle of a bell, the cracking of a nut or the stench of a Brussel sprout, ecstasy, I hereby declare this place a Christmas-free zone.

Updated: 04/04/2015

Seasonal Cheer

Old King Wenceslas (disguised as a beggar): Show a bit of seasonal cheer lady.
T-Bag: Oh, bug off, you little rat faced ferret, before I rip out your tongue and whip you black and blue with it.
Old King Wenceslas: I take that as a no then?
T-Bag: Bug off!

Young and naive

Marguerita Peperoni: Buonasera.
T-Shirt: Uh?
Marguerita Peperoni: Good evening.
T-Shirt: What's so good about it?
Marguerita Peperoni: Ah cheer up, it might never happen.
T-Shirt: Too late, it already has.
Marguerita Peperoni: Nothing can be that bad.
T-Shirt: I was like you once, young and naive.
Marguerita Peperoni: Oh, what's the matter? Come inside and tell Marguerita all about it. Papa, set an extra place we have company.

Added: 08/12/2012

The icing on the cake

T-Shirt: Merry Christmas T-Bag. Thanks for nothing.
Mumsie Bag: You will never guess, you will never, never guess who's coming.
T-Shirt: Mrs Bag.
Mumsie Bag: Good King Wenceslas is coming here for his Christmas dinner, oh the honour. The neighbours will be greener than a field full of sea-sick cabbages.
T-Shirt: Oh, don't tell me, you did your foot in skiing.
Mumsie Bag: Oh no, I didn't get that far. I fractured my foot kicking a St. Bernard. Ooh, I detest dogs but it was worth it, for today is the day that royalty will be visiting Bag Towers and... My decorations, my beautiful decorations, my tree, my bells, my baubles, where are they?
T-Shirt: Ask your daughter.
Mumsie Bag: Oooh. Tabatha!
(T-Bag walks in).
T-Bag: Did someone call me?
Mumsie Bag: Tabatha!
T-Bag: Oooooooeerhhh, Mumsie.
Mumsie Bag: So this is what you get up to the moment my back is turned. What do you think you're playing at girl?
T-Shirt: She's declared this place a Christmas-free zone.
T-Bag: Oh shut up big mouth.
Mumsie Bag: A Christmas-free zone. Is this true?
T-Bag: Oh no way. As if I would. Absolutely not.
Mumsie Bag: Tabatha!
T-Bag: Oooouughhh. Yes Mumsie, it's true.
Mumsie Bag: Ooh, ooh misery if the King gets to hear of this. He loves Christmas, he adores Christmas, he's a Christmas nut. Tabatha, I want it all back as it was now!
T-Bag: Ooooooooooohhhhhhhh.
(T-Bag uses her magic and all the Christmas decorations reappear).
T-Shirt: Hey, you know what would really be the icing on the cake?
T-Bag: Oh button it Shirty.
T-Shirt: A circus, uh, I bet King Wenceslas would love a circus.
Mumsie Bag: Oh incontrovertibly, but where would I lay my hands on a circus?

Added: 26/12/2015

Paper chains and tinsel

King Wenceslas: Bravo.
Mumsie Bag: Oh, well what do you reckon? This is the best yuletide bash you's ever clapped eyes on or what? Ooh, I bet your dead-impressed, eh.
King Wenceslas: Yes, yes, excellent. Splendid show.
Mumsie Bag: There you are, you see, I am the flavour of the month.
King Wenceslas: I'm a bit of a performer myself.
Mumsie Bag: Are you really, how deeply interesting, I bet you're good.
King Wenceslas: Yes I must be, I mean, after all, I had you fooled didn't I?
Mumsie Bag: Absolutely, no question about that. Oh!
King Wenceslas: Oh indeed Mrs Bag. Paper chains and tinsel do not a Christmas make.
Mumsie Bag: Well I...
King Wenceslas: Peace and goodwill to all, even old beggars. That's what it's about. Guards! Let's give this misguided woman a taste of her own medicine.
Mumsie Bag: No, no, you've got it all wrong, I love old beggars. You'll often see me going for a tramp in the woods.
King Wenceslas: I know, I've got the bumps to prove it.

Added: 08/12/2012

Shall We?

T-Bag (picking up a giant Christmas cracker): Shall we?
Mumsie Bag: Why not? I could do with a good laugh.

"Notice the Upside-Down Notice"
When Mumsie Bag takes the note from the King off the front door to read, it’s clearly upside-down in her hands.

"Got the T-Shirt"
Several times during the episode when T-Bag makes objects appear (the decorations and food, the oil can, the bomb and its fuse, and the cracker at the end), her magic makes the "ping!" noise usually associated with T-Shirt, instead of the usual T-Bag noise.

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  • Footage from this Christmas special was used for a Children's ITV trailer for the following series, T. Bag and The Sunstones of Montezuma. This trailer aired on Friday 24th January 1992 following an episode of Rainbow.
  • When T-Bag pretends to be the clown, her name is 'Bango The Clown', a play on words for 'Bang go the clown' - possibly foreshadowing the ending of the episode!
  • John Cater, who plays Old King Wenceslas, sadly passed away on 21st March 2009, aged 77.
  • Peggy Mount, who played Mumsie Bag, sadly passed away on 13th November 2001, aged 85.
  • Peggy Mount, who played Mumsie Bag, was born in 1916 and was 20 years older than Denise Coffey, who played Granny Bag, who was born in 1936.
  • Peggy Mount is credited as 'Starring' alongside Georgina Hale in the opening credits.
  • Laurence Bouvard who plays Marguerita Peperoni has voiced characters in popular Video games including Timesplitters 2, Timesplitters Future Perfect and in 2005 voiced Joanna Dark in the XBox 360 game Perfect Dark Zero (the prequel to the Nintendo 64 game Perfect Dark made by Rare)
  • This is the last time Georgina wears her red ‘Pearls’ dress, having appeared in a total of 22 episodes.
  • Laurence Bouvard appeared in The Tomorrow People which was also written by Lee Pressman and Grant Cathro. Laurence Bouvard appeared in all five episodes of 'Monsoon Man' as Lucy.
  • Peggy Mount also appeared in The Tomorrow People which was also written by Lee Pressman and Grant Cathro. Peggy Mount appeared in episode two of 'Monsoon Man' as Mrs Butterworth.
  • Sebastian Abineri appeared in Mike & Angelo which was also written by Lee Pressman and Grant Cathro. Sebastian Abineri appeared in the episode 'The Fugitive' (#8.7, 15/02/1996) as Henry Hanks.

  • Sebastian Abineri, who plays Papa Pepe Peperoni, appears in two episodes throughout the nine series of T-Bag. This is his first of his two appearances.
    (Take off with T. Bag, Episode 6: Antony and Cleopatra)
  • When Mumsie Bag first sees Tabatha Bag she refers to her dress from the previous two series and the last Christmas special: 'Tabatha darling, oh you’re still wearing that old thing are you? Better get inside before the neighbours see you'.
    (T. Bag and The Pearls of Wisdom, Episode 1: Any Old Port)
    (T. Bag's Christmas Ding-Dong)
    (T. Bag and The Rings of Olympus, Episode 1: The Rings Of Olympus)
  • John Cater, who plays Old King Wenceslas, appears in three episodes throughout the nine series of T-Bag. This is his last of his three appearances.
    (Turn on to T-Bag, Episode 6: Scrimp)
    (T. Bag and The Pearls of Wisdom, Episode 4: Grimble and Squiffy)
  • T-Bag wears her pink and white striped pyjamas during this episode, this is also seen in other episodes.
    (T. Bag and The Sunstones of Montezuma, Episode 4: Gone Fishing)
    (Take off with T. Bag, Episode 1: Many Happy Returns)
    (Take off with T. Bag, Episode 4: Curse Of The Mummy)
    (Take off with T. Bag, Episode 9: The Red Shoes)
  • Pepe Peperoni wears the purple headscarf (with the gold coins) which was previously used for the character of Rum Barbara in T. Bag and The Rings of Olympus.
    (T. Bag and The Rings of Olympus, Episode 4: Rum Barbara)
  • Pepe and Marguerita Peperoni sing the Christmas Carol 'We wish you a Merry Christmas', this is also sung in other episodes.
    (Turn on to T-Bag, Episode 6: Scrimp)
    (T. Bag's Christmas Carol)