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The (otherwise unrelated) mention of mincemeat in this question reminded me of a scene I saw in a British television show at some point in the 1980s. I really don't remember very much, except the one scene that I am going to describe—and I didn't really remember that until the mention of mincemeat jogged my memory.

There were a number of American public television programs that rebroadcast (and sometimes co-produced) British television shows. This started with Masterpiece Theatre, which expanded to Mystery!. This was probably shown on WonderWorks, which did the same kind of thing for British (and Canadian) children's programs (and also produced miniseries of its own, which were reciprocally shown in Britain); I remember watching Tom Baker in the BBC-produced dramatization of The Silver Chair on WonderWorks, circa 1991, and I am pretty sure that the show I am thinking of must have aired before that.

I don't remember much, except for a scene in which one or more youthful (probably preteen) protagonists were trapped in a dimly-lit, brick-line, pit-like cell or oubliette by a group of witches. One of the witches sticks her head into the pit—either to interrogate the prisoners or perhaps just to taunt them—and after a bit of argument, one of the children says that she looks like (or is) mincemeat. This stuck in my mind, since it seemed an incredibly mild insult, but the very British witch appeared to have been deeply offended. She departed the conversation at that point, although I think that another member of her coven took her place and bandied a few more words with the kids in the bottom of the pit. From the way I recall the boy who compared the first which to mincemeat was dressed, I would guess that the story was set in the early twentieth or late nineteenth century.

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  • I'm not 100% confident - mainly because this episode first aired in the early 1990s - but this reminds me a bit of "T-Bag and the Rings of Olympus" episode 9. Take a look at hight.50webs.com/series/rings/ep9.html - if it looks like it might be the one, I'll post an answer instead of just this comment. Jan 15 at 16:33
  • Adding to my previous comment - most of the T-Bag series aired in the 80s, so you could have misremembered this as being shown then? Jan 15 at 16:47
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    @Astrid_Redfern That looks like a good guess. However, a fact that I meant to include in the question but forgot was that the protagonist's outfit looked like something from the late nineteenth or early twentieth century. So, although I will look into "T-Bag," I doubt it will be the correct answer.
    – Buzz
    Jan 15 at 17:17
  • youtube.com/watch?v=rxmloq-9I5E - though the closest I can find to "mincemeat" is a girl calling someone a "monster" at about 15:49 in. Jan 15 at 17:22
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    re: the mincemeat taunt: it probably wasn't meant as an insult ("You look like mincemeat), but as a threat, meaning "You're going to look like mincemeat when I'm finished with you." It's a common British colloquialism. Jan 15 at 19:57

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