is a basic outline of each of the main characters in the series.
To find an up-to-the-minute rundown of each actor's career, click
on the name of the actor or actress. This will take you to the appropriate
page of the IMDb.
Bag - Tabatha Bag - T-Shirt
- Tow-Ling Shirt - The Girls
Bag (Elizabeth Estensen)
She was the original T-Bag. She is an evil enchantress who was
always hell-bent on taking over the world, being empress of evil,
etc. (even though she is of diminutive stature and lives inside
various objects in a junk shop). She would often refer to herself
as the "Great High-T" (the head of the T-Set), although
in her last series, we learn that this is not the case as the
T-Set is really an organisation for the power of good, and T-Bag
has been kicked out of it.
The source of T-Bags power
is an endless stream of cups of tea served to her by her T-Caddy
(T-Shirt), which he brews from the leaves of her evil T-Plant.
By pouring the dregs of the tea into her saucer, She could also
see what was going on outside the T-Room. Without the T-Plant,
T-Bag is powerless.
Tallulah as a character
was terribly British, but in a rather grandiose manner. You always
respected her as the villain of the piece. As with all good baddies,
she had cut-glass diction delivered in true R.P. She wielded her
powers with drama and flair, and had tremendous presence and majesty
when she drew herself up to her full height and uttered "You
dare to trifle with me?". The other characters got to see
her as both awe inspiring and dangerous.
The other characters (except
for T-Shirt) did not, however, get to see the other side of Talullah.
She had a side that was soft, vulnerable and caring, although
extremely vain. She was terribly feminine and a real English Rose.
It was this side, I think, that won her the hearts of her viewers.
Tallulah reigned for 5
series and appeared in 2 Christmas Specials.
Bag (Georgina Hale)
Tabatha was the sister
of Tallulah. She too was a power crazed enchantress, but she was
totally different from her sister. She was nothing like Tallulah,
in that she was totally outrageous as a character. She was loud,
brash, and (at times) downright strange! I think that of the two
sisters, Tallulah was the one that went to finishing school, whereas
Tabatha was never sent because her parents worried that she would
flick bogeys at the teacher.
Tabatha came across as
desperately wanting to be the villain, but not being comfortable
enough in her own skin to carry it off. She wanted to be in charge,
but she didn't have the nouse that her sister had. She therefore
relied on T-Shirt a lot for the brainwork.
You get the feeling that
Tabatha really had a big heart, and she didn't get all the breaks
that Tallulah got. Tallulah was probably the whiny little sister
that ran to Mumsy all the time and got Tabatha into trouble.
I think that if you got
under the skin of Tabatha, you would find a real gem that only
wanted power so that people would finally give her the respect
that she deserved, so she could come out of her sister's huge
As a character, she was
extremely entertaining. The T-Bag series took a new turn with
her in the lead, allowing the character of T-Shirt to go from
strength to strength as the roles reversed - T-Bag was now the
comedy relief whilst T-Shirt became the brains of the operation.
Tabatha was never ultimately
destroyed, and she reigned for 4 series and appeared in 2 Christmas
T-Shirt was the only character
that was played by the same actor throughout the series. He started
off as a really young boy (he was nine years old), and by the
time the series ended, he towered above T-Bag (must have been
around 18), but somehow, the relationship still worked.
T-Shirt was a T-Caddy to
both T-Bags. A T-Caddy, as far as I can make out, undergoes years
of training at the T-Caddy Academy, before being assigned to a
member of the T-Set to act as a general slave. The most important
duty of the T-Caddy is to make cups of tea from the leaves of
their master/mistresses T-Plant. This keeps the master/mistress
empowered with the magic of the plant.
The character grew and
matured convincingly with the actor, in that he developed from
a chirpy, cheeky, mischievous schoolboy into a chirpy but bright
teenager, who would answer T-Bag back more and even have stand
up rows with her. As Tabatha descended into insanity with the
passing of the series, T-Shirt gradually became the real brains
of the outfit, trying his best to help T-Bag. Usually, it would
be Tabatha who would mess everything up in the later series.
The character nearly always
followed the same pattern. In the first episode of each series,
he would be captured and put under T-Bag's power, then by the
penultimate episode, he would leave T-Bag to assist the girl collecting
the missing items. Exceptions to this are:
i) Wonders in Letterland
- T-Shirt is ambivalent throughout the series and leaves T-Bag
a few times.
ii) Turn on to T-Bag -
His magic wasn't taken away because T-Bag became distracted in
the process. This ultimately led to her downfall as T-Shirt was
able to repair the broken jamming device and destroy her.
iii) Sunstones of Montezuma
- T-Shirt was already in T-Bags power when the series started.
Also he doesn't leave T-Bag until the very last episode, nor does
he have his magic removed.
iv) Take off with T-Bag
- he is already with T-Bag at the start, but he leaves her in
the first episode to live with Granny Bag, until T-Bag blows up
her house, forcing him to return to her.
Shirt (Bea Julakasiun)
Tow-Ling Shirt was introduced
as the Asian cousin of T-Shirt during the final series (Take Off
with T-Bag). He was a bit of a brain-box who had an uncanny knack
of reading space-time co-ordinates. Like his cousin before him,
he was undergoing training at the T-Caddy Academy, but he ran
away because he was bullied by the teachers who would call him
names and flush his head down the toilet.
He comes to stay with T-Bag
and T-Shirt, and is reluctantly taken under T-Bag's wing because
he is the only one who she feels can really help to get her birthday
surprise. He ends up in lots of scrapes, including being sold
into slavery in Ancient Rome and shrinking T-Bag to the size of
a liquorice allsort!
Tallulah Bag's biggest and
most enduring enemy (she appeared in the first 3 series). Often
referred to as "Smarty Pants Deborah", "Little Miss
Gingernut" or even "Miss Knowitall, Miss Smartypants,
Miss Pesky, Nosey Parker Clevercloggs" by Tallulah. She was
the only girl who transported herself into the object possessed
by T-Bag, which she accomplished by "Thinking small".
ii) Holly-Anna Jones (Diana
She was a television presenter
until T-Shirt summoned her to help get rid of Tallulah by collecting
the crystals for the jammer in "Turn on to T-Bag". She
appeared in one series.
iii) Sally Simpkins (Kellie
This girl defeated Tallulah
for the last time by reflecting a spell back at her from a polished
gong in "Revenge of the T-Set". She also went on to defeat
Tabatha Bag for the first time in "Pearls of Wisdom".
Sally was the only one of the girls to appear in a T-Bag Christmas
Special ("T-Bag's Christmas Carol").
iv) Polly (Natalie
Polly (or Pollyzena as she
was originally known) began life as a servant to the Gods on Mount
Olympus and was Athena's personal handmaiden in "Rings of Olympus".
She appeared in one series.
v) Penny Hunt (Evelyn
She was the daughter of the
anchor character Diggory in "Sunstones of Montezuma".
The actress that played her appeared in the following series ("Take
off with T-Bag") as a guest star in one episode playing a Roman
girl named Letitia.