Danger Mouse, the world’s greatest secret agent, is returning to television more than 30 years after he first dazzled young fans with his crime fighting brilliance.
Children’s BBC has commissioned 52 episodes of the classic cartoon which followed the intrepid white rodent and his sidekick Penfold. The episodes will run for 11 minutes each in a series that will air next year.
In the original, DM and Penfold spent their time solving crimes – invariably committed by a toad called Baron Silas Greenback – overseen by their boss, a walrus-moustached individual called Colonel K.
Danger Mouse and Penfold’s HQ will continue to be in a red postbox, although it will now be packed with cutting-edge technology as befitting any modern action mouse.
The programme-makers say his iconic eye patch will be replaced by an “i-patch”, with multiple state-of-the art functions. The new look for the character has yet to be unveiled.
There is no word as yet on who will voice the new cartoon. The original Danger Mouse was David Jason, while his sidekick Penfold was played by the late Terry Scott.
Danger Mouse was created in 1981 by Brian Cosgrove and Mark Hall and ran for more than ten years on ITV until it ended in 1992.
It was loved for many reasons, not least Penfold’s catchphrase “Crumbs DM!” as well as the title music which featured the lines: “He’s the greatest, he’s fantastic, wherever there is danger he’ll be there.”
The CBBC controller, Cheryl Taylor, said: “Danger Mouse is the last word in debonair and delightfully eccentric heroics and with Penfold at his side the much-loved duo will win over a whole new generation of fans.”
The return of the show is part of a rich array of treats of nostalgics with revivals of The Wombles, Teletubbies, Thunderbirds and a Turner reboot of The Powerpuff Girls all on the way.
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years. After a two year stint on local newspapers in the mid 1990s, he spent more than 5 years as the broadcast reporter at the Stage newspaper. Following that he enjoyed staff reporting positions at the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times breaking stories and writing features before settling as a full time freelance writing for an array of newspapers and magazines - but mainly for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.