BBC’s New Danger Mouse Behind-The-Scenes Video

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The world’s greatest secret agent is back in all-new Danger Mouse on CBBC in September. Alexander Armstrong takes over from David Jason as the voice of Danger Mouse and Kevin Eldon replaces Terry Scott as Penfold, while an impressive list of guest stars also lend their voices to the project: Stephen Fry, Game Of Thrones’s Lena Heady, Pointless’s Richard Osman, Miranda Richardson, Richard Ayoade and Brian Blessed

Here, Armstrong and Eldon talk here about relaunching the cult classic for a new generation (and the old generation who’ll no doubt be tuning in out of curiosity). Will it be as successful as the new version of The Clangers?

Duty has called, and the world’s greatest secret agent, Danger Mouse, is set to blast back onto our screens. Action and comedy collide in these all-new animated adventures as Danger Mouse is licensed to thrill a whole new generation of fans! His mission is to protect the world, multiple parallel universes and Willesden Green from the villainous machinations of the evil Baron Greenback.

At his side is his ever-faithful but always fearful sidekick Penfold. From deep in their hidden London location, beneath the post box, DM and Penfold take their orders from the unflappable Colonel K (Stephen Fry), the Head of the British Secret Service. Colonel K briefs DM and Penfold about the various secret missions that will take them anywhere from the coldest Arctic tundra to the hottest baked desert.

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As ever, gadgets and vehicles are at the heart of every mission. In the lab, Professor Squawkencluck (Shauna Macdonald) has worked her feathered fingers to the bone developing the greatest collection of new and exciting gadgets to help Danger Mouse on his next mission. Her gadgets are the envy of the world’s secret services but sadly they usually end up wasted in the hands of Danger Mouse. But one gadget Danger Mouse is never without is his trusty ‘ipatch’ with multiple state-of-the-art functions.

A new era brings a new vehicle for the number-one super hero. The Mark IV is the updated version of the classic Danger Car with a range of ridiculous upgrades to thwart any bad guy. Danger Mouse can also call upon the Space Hopper, The Danger Cycle, The Danger Jet Pack, the Danger Surfboard and Danger Ejector Shoes. In fact, for every danger, Squawkencluck has a technological solution that Danger Mouse and Penfold are bound to use inappropriately and return in a state of disrepair.

Come Dine With Me’s Dave Lamb brings his uniquely sardonic wit to the series in the role of The Narrator. The Narrator believes he is destined for bigger and better things but has “lowered” himself to work on Danger Mouse because he needs the regular work. His voice bookends the show and underpins the comedy and exposition throughout while ramping up the tension for cliffhanger moments from the safety of his unseen announcer’s studio sound booth. Although The Narrator might prefer to be playing Lear at The National, even he is forced to admit this can be a thrilling show and ultimately he gets just as absorbed in the story as everyone else.

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No series of Danger Mouse would be complete without a host of evil enemies and this one is no exception. Heading up the list is amphibious villain Baron Greenback (Ed Gaughan), Danger Mouse’s professional arch enemy, and evil genius. An imposing Marlon Brando-like mountain of a toad, he is ‘the ‘Kingpin’ pivot on which the ‘axis of naughtiness’ turns and who is determined to become ‘king of the world’.

Working for the Baron are a series of underlings including Nero (Marc Silk), the Baron’s pet caterpillar; Stiletto (Dave Lamb), the Baron’s crow lackey; and Pandaminion (Ed Gaughan), an overweight black and white panda bear with a liking for bamboo!

And, yes, Count Duckula (Rasmus Hardiker) is back too! He is aware that he is in a TV show and it eats him up that he is not the star. He can’t stand that Danger Mouse is more famous than him, so plots to bring down our hero. He lives in Castle Duckula, where he has dedicated his life to showbiz, already running the most popular talk show in the whole of South East Transylvania.

Other characters include:

  • Jeopardy Mouse (Lena Headey), the super-proficient, female, American equivalent of Danger Mouse.
  • Professor Strontium P Jellyfishowitz, the leader of all scientists on Earth, is voiced by Pointless creator and presenter Richard Osman. A jellyfish brain in a motorised fish tank, he is incredibly clever and also quite handy when it comes to a fight with his stinging tentacles.
  • Miranda Richardson voices Queen of Weevils.
  • Richard Ayoade is The Snowman
  • Brian Blessed joins the cast as Santa in a wonderful comic Christmas Special.

 

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