When the BBC announced that they were planning to bring back Danger Mouse back in June, I was incredibly nervous. I make no secret of my love for good old DM and his hamster sidekick Penfold, in fact I still can’t walk past a t-shirt if it has them on it.
Generally, when reboots happen they are very rarely as good as they were the first time around, and I was apprehensive in case they decided to make the new version of this classic cartoon just too polished. This doesn’t look to be the case as the first look at the 21st century Danger Mouse has been released. I am happy to report that although it is certainly more polished than the original version, the new version also retained the original feel of fun and wonder. As you can see from the image above, DM has become just that little more suave but he is still definitely the DM I know and adore.
I was also incredibly interested to see who would be taking over the reins from Sir David Jason as the voice of the hero. Part of me was really hoping that as Jason is still actively working, perhaps the Beeb could convince him to reprise the role, however with the news in the last 24 hours that is not the case.
The BBC have announced that British actor and comedian Alexander Armstrong will be the man bringing Danger Mouse to life in the new series which will air in 2015. This news made me breathe a large sigh of relief because I am a big fan of Armstrong, who starred in comedy sketch shows Armstrong and Miller, and The Armstrong and Miller Show with his friend Ben Miller. He is also the host of cult teatime TV quiz show Pointless. This will not be Xander Armstrong’s first notable voice role as he is the voice behind Sarah Jane Smith’s computer Mr Smith in The Sarah Jane Adventures, and featured in the Doctor Who Season 4 episodes “The Stolen Earth” and “Journey’s End”. He is also the voice of Mr Wolf and Policeman Stag in Peppa Pig.
Speaking about becoming the voice of DM, Armstrong said; “As a lifelong fan of Danger Mouse I was ecstatic just to know that the show was coming back. To be actually involved with the reboot and to be taking DM out to a whole new generation is about as close to a dream job as you could wish for.”
Actor Kevin Eldon will be joining Armstrong as the voice of DM’s bumbling rodent sidekick Penfold, who was voiced by the late Terry Scott in the original 1980’s version. Again Eldon is very excited about bringing this role to a new generation, “I’m absolutely delighted to be the new voice of Danger Mouse’s trusty sidekick Penfold. It’s a role and not a mole, Penfold’s not a mole, he’s a hamster that I’m going to really enjoy. When I am recording the episodes, I’ll be making sure that at all times my eyebrows are at least three inches above my head.”
Come Dine With Me‘s Dave Lamb will be taking over the reins as the narrator for the reboot, and actress Shauna McDonald will be playing the new Professor Squawkencluck, who will be the niece of the original male Professor from the previous incarnation.
So far, so good, BBC. I have just got one niggling fear that by some strange turn of events they may decide to change the theme music, which would be a total travesty, but we will have to wait and see.
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