The much-loved animated TV hero Danger Mouse is to make a comeback.
The cartoon series, which ran for more than a decade until it ended in 1992, will mark his return next year when it is screened by CBBC. Although the voices of DM and cowardly sidekick Penfold were originally provided by Sir David Jason and the late Terry Scott, there has been no word so far on the cast for the new version. However, DM’s headquarters will still be in a Royal Mail pillar box on Baker Street, albeit one now packed with cutting-edge technology as befitting any modern action hero.
One detail that has been revealed is that Danger Mouse’s eye patch will be replaced by an “i-patch”, with multiple state-of-the-art functions.
Co-creator Brian Cosgrove is a consultant on the 52-episode series, being made by Boulder Media and Fremantle Media Kids & Family Entertainment. Fremantle owns the world-wide rights to Danger Mouse and is partnering with the BBC to produce the new series, which forms part of a five year deal with BBC Children’s Programming.
Cheryl Taylor, the controller of CBBC 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.”
Cosgrove said: “When I helped to create Danger Mouse I had no idea the show would be such a huge success both in the UK and overseas. I am delighted that a whole new generation will be introduced to his daring deeds and thrilled to be part of this new 21st century series. I can’t wait to find out what he’s been up to for the last 23 years.”