'Danger Mouse' to Return to U.K. TV With New Episodes After 23 Years

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The animated ITV show, a hit in the 1980s and early 1990s and one of the first British series syndicated in the U.S., will return on BBC kids network CBBC.

LONDON – The BBC will bring back classic British animated show Danger Mouse, which aired on ITV in the 1980s and 1990s, for new episodes on its CBBC kids network.

The U.K. public broadcaster said the 52 new episodes would begin airing next year.

The series featured a white rodent with an eye patch and became one of the earliest British shows to be syndicated in the U.S., on Nickelodeon. It spoofed famous British film and TV secret agents such as James Bond.

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U.S. musician and producer Danger Mouse, who formed Gnarls Barkley with Cee Lo Green, took his name from the show.

Details on the voice cast and animation look weren't immediately released. FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment is the BBC's partner on the show. It owns the global TV and licensing rights to Danger Mouse. Co-creator Brian Cosgrove will serve as a consultant.

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The new episodes will once again feature Danger Mouse and sidekick Penfold, as well as their headquarters inside a red mailbox. But CBBC said the mailbox will now feature cutting-edge technology. In addition, the eye patch will be replaced by an "i-patch" with various cool functions.

CBBC controller Cheryl Taylor predicted that the show would "win over a whole new generation of fans."

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Cosgrove said, "I had no idea the show would be such a huge success, both in the U.K. and and overseas." He added that given the fact that the show ended its run in 1992, "I can't wait to find out what [Danger Mouse] has been up to for the last 23 years."

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