CBBC is to revive Cosgrove Hall’s Danger Mouse, the eye-patched hero of 1980s children’s TV.
The animation, which originally ran from 1981 to 1992, is to return for a 52-episode new series in 2015.
FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment, which owns the global TV and licensing rights to Danger Mouse, is producing the new series with the BBC.
Animation will be handled by Boulder Media, but co-creator Brian Cosgrove will act as a consultant.
There is no word yet on who will voice the characters. In the iconic original, Danger Mouse was voiced by David Jason with his hapless hamster sidekick Penfold – him of the ‘Crumbs!’ catchphrase – played by Terry and June’s Terry Scott.
CBBC controller Cheryl Taylor said the new show – which will use a “mixed media approach” to give it a “unique look and feel” – would “win over a whole new generation of fans”.
She 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.”
Cosgrove added: “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.”
Danger Mouse’s eye patch will be replaced by an “i-patch” with multiple technological functions, while his HQ will be kitted out with “state-of-the-art wizardry”.
Fremantle’s Rick Glanker said: “The thrills, spills and comedy of this landmark international animated series are all still here but this rebooted version will be brought up-to-date for today’s tech-savvy and content-hungry kids.
“In this new 21st-Century version the laughs are set to be even louder as the world’s smallest secret agent faces mightier missions, voracious villains and knee-trembling threats.”
And here’s that Danger Mouse theme tune in full: