Danger Mouse, the animated TV hero, is to make a comeback. The cartoon series, which ran for more than a decade until 1992, will return to CBBC next year.
The white-clad rodent, who wore a patch over one eye, was voiced by Sir David Jason. His sidekick, Penfold, was played by the late Terry Scott. There have been no reports on who will provide the voices in the new run.
The show, created by the Cosgrove Hall animation studios, originally ran on ITV.
Many viewers will recall 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.”
Danger Mouse and Penfold will continue to operate from a red post box, although it will now be packed with cutting-edge technology as befitting any modern action mouse.
The programme makers say the eye patch will be replaced by an “i-patch”, with multiple functions.
The character’s rights are owned by FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment, which is working with the BBC to produce the new series.
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."
Co-creator Brian Cosgrove of the original show is a consultant on the 52-episode series. He 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."
Cosgrove Hall - whose other TV hits included Chorlton And The Wheelies, Count Duckula and Jamie And The Magic Torch - went on to become part of ITV and was closed down in 2009.
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