Along with Knightmare
, this was an ITV kids' favourite of the eighties and nineties. It consisted of nine seasons, each of which had its own title. There is no official title for the series as a whole but it's known as T-Bag
for simplicity's sake.
T-Bag (short for either Tallulah or Tabatha, depending on which season you're watching) is a witch who wants to Take Over the World
but is constantly thwarted either by a young girl collecting the scattered MacGuffins
which can defeat her and using them to do just that, or by having her own MacGuffins scattered through time and space and a young girl beating her to finding them again. There were five different girls (Debbie, Holly, Sally, Polly and Penny) throughout eight seasons and the ages at which they were cast changed to match the age of the one constant character, T-Bag's assistant, T-Shirt. Originally, he was a little boy but, being played by the same actor throughout nine seasons, he wasn't so little anymore by the end. T-Shirt (short for Thomas) is abducted from the real world by Tallulah and put under mind control in order to brew T-Bag's magical-power-giving tea and help her collect the MacGuffins. At the end of each season, T-Bag almost reaches her goal but then the MacGuffins are reunited and T-Bag's control over T-Shirt is broken and he helps the girl defeat T-Bag and return home. When Tabatha came along, T-Shirt seemed to be helping her out quite willingly but then Tabatha wasn't really scary. For Season Nine the idea of a girl on the opposite side of things was dropped and a previously unmentioned cousin
of T-Shirt appeared instead.
Originally intended to be reasonably educational but that idea was dropped pretty quickly.
- Wonders in Letterland (1985).
- T-Bag Strikes Again (1986).
- T-Bag Bounces Back (1987).
- Turn On to T-Bag (1988).
- Revenge of the T-Set (1989).
- T-Bag and the Pearls of Wisdom (1990).
- T-Bag and the Rings of Olympus (1991).
- T-Bag and the Sunstones of Montezuma (1992).
- Take Off With T-Bag - which broke the mould and changed the format. (1992).
- T-Bag's Christmas Cracker (1988).
- T-Bag's Christmas Carol (1989).
- T-Bag's Christmas Ding Dong (1990).
- T-Bag's Christmas Turkey (1991).
This programme provides examples of:
- Adults Are Useless
- Alliterative Name: Sally Simpkins.
- Badass Adorable: All the heroines.
- Big Bad: Tallulah more than Tabatha.
- Big Good: Apparently, The T-Set. But only its leader, The High-T, appeared and only in one season.
- Christmas Episode: Four of them.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Tabitha.
- Deadpan Snarker: T-Bag more than any other character (especially Tallulah).
- T-Shirt in his rebellious moments.
- Fiery Redhead: Debbie, who is also a Red-Headed Hero.
- For the Evulz: Why else would a witch want to take over the world?
- Good Colours, Evil Colours: Nearly all of T-Bag's dresses were red whilst Debbie wore yellow and Sally and Holly wore pink.
- Heel-Face Turn: What T-Shirt did in the last episodes of most seasons.
- Hyper Competent Sidekick: T-Shirt grew into one. Well, almost; he still kept losing the MacGuffins.
- It Belongs in a Museum: An archaeologist's view on The Sunstones of Montezuma.
- Kissgusting: At least once in each of her first two series, Debbie kisses T-Shirt on the cheek after he proves that he is now her friend and helps her recover her quest objects. He doesn't really enjoy it.
- Large Ham: T-Bag, big time.
- Love Potion: In one episode caused T-Shirt to fall in love with Polly and give her the week's McGuffin.
- MacGuffin: Naturally.
- Mouthy Kid: Debbie and Penny, more than any of the other heroines.
- Mr. Fanservice: T-Shirt, after he'd grown up.
- Nice Girl: Pretty much all the heroines of the series - naturally.
- The Professor: Professor Sparks in Season Four.
- Punny Name/Theme Naming: Guess.
- Puppy Love: Vaguely hinted at between T-Shirt and the heroines at times, particularly with Debbie after his Heel-Face Turn of Series 2. Examples:
- T-Shirt is impressed by Debbie's singing when he hears her sing a sea shanty on the radio
- He later asks for her autograph, asking her to write "To my good friend T-Shirt, love Debbie."
- When they meet in the next episode:
- T-Shirt: "You know, it's great to see you again!"
- Debbie: "And you too! Come on!"
- After T-Shirt stops T-Bag from destroying Debbie's quest items:
- Debbie: "T-Shirt, you're a hero!" (kisses him)
- T-Shirt: "Aw, get off! Get out of it!" (See Kissgusting above)
- Revenge of the Sequel
- Servile Snarker: T-Shirt when dealing with Tabatha.
- Sneeze of Doom: In Episode 5 of "T-Bag Strikes Again", Debbie sneezes when creeping into a sultan's chamber, thereby alerting him to her presence. She manages to hide successfully, however. This is an unusual instance of a character sneezing before she has actually hidden herself.
- In Episode 8 of "Pearls of Wisdom", Sally sneezes at least six times while singing a song, due to T-Bag putting pepper on her bouquet of flowers. Sally subsequently gets revenge on T-Bag by throwing the flowers at her, thereby causing T-Bag to sneeze and drop the pearl that Sally is after.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Two T-Bags and five heroic girls.
- Take Over the World
- Technobabble: Regarding the Booster Device in Season Four.
- The Theme Park Version: Of the Wild West, Pirate Ships and Ancient Egypt, among others.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Holly was was noticeably taller than T-Shirt which looked a bit odd.
- The Woobie: T-Shirt very frequently.
- Victorian London: Appeared more than once.
- Villain Song: "Ignorance is Bliss", sung by Tallulah in the first episode.
- Yet Another Christmas Carol: The second Christmas episode.