Danger Mouse plots TV comeback

Cartoon mouse's production company considers reboot following CITV Old Skool weekend

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Danger Mouse, the cartoon mouse spy who was voiced by David Jason in the 1980s on kids' TV, could soon be enjoying new adventures – thanks to a record-breaking showing on CITV in January.

The CITV Old Skool Weekend showcased a number of classic ITV children's programmes, but Danger Mouse and his sidekick Penfold came out on top, scoring an audience of 569,000 viewers – the channel's highest ever figure.

Revamping the series is now, FremantleMedia Kids and Family Entertainment president Sander Schwartz told Broadcast, "something that we might be looking to do in the not too distant future".

A Danger Mouse reboot would of course involve some recasting: although David Jason might still be available to play the titular secret agent, Penfold was voiced by Terry Scott, who died in 1994. The original run of Danger Mouse ended in 1992.

Edward Kelsey, who voiced both Danger Mouse's boss Colonel K and his archenemy Baron Silas Greenback, still appears as Joe Grundy in Radio 4's The Archers.

As well as its links to CITV, FremantleMedia – which purchased the rights to programming by Danger Mouse co-producer Thames Television in 2002 – also has a new development/production deal with the BBC.