Not to be outdone by America’s swift and decisive response to bringing back the Teletubbies by hitting The Powerful Girls with the defibrillator, the BBC has fired another shot in the Great Children’s Television Revival War of 2014 by announcing the triumphant return of Danger Mouse to television screens from next year.
The much beloved eponymous espionage mouse and his trusty hamster assistant Penfold will be back next year with all-new episodes – but with a modern updating of Danger Mouse’s technology.
“Danger Mouse’s eye patch will be replaced by an “i-patch” with multiple technological functions and his headquarters too will be kitted out with “state-of-the-art wizardry”” the BBC stated.
Danger Mouse originally ran from 1981 until 1992, and became the first British animated children’s programme to crack the American market. The series centred around Danger Mouse, a spy, his assistant Penfold and their battles against various nefarious villains such as Baron Silas Greenback or the mysterious Count Duckula – a character that later received his own spinoff show.
Danger Mouse’s popularity was, at the time, unheard of for a kids show. On its list of 100 Greatest Kids Shows of All Time, UK’s Channel 4 listed Danger Mouse at number 3, behind only The Simpsons and The Muppet Show.