Alexander Armstrong to voice Danger Mouse
James R | On 19, Sep 2014
He’s voiced a horse, a king and an alien supercomputer but now actor and comedian Alexander Armstrong takes on his biggest vocal challenge to date as the debonair secret agent Danger Mouse.
The re-imagining of the new animated series will bring the small, but perfectly formed, white rodent back to CBBC in in style, ready to save a world teetering on the edge of disaster.
Childrens’ TV series are increasingly being rebooted or resurrected. Mike Young is bringing SuperTed back for another 26 episodes for 2016, while Netflix is coming up with its own take on The Magic Schoolbus. Now, the BBC is at it too, hiring Pointless game show host Armstrong to voice the hero.
Commenting on his new role as the world’s smallest secret agent, Alexander Armstrong says: “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.”
Danger Mouse is nothing without Penfold, though. Alexander will be joined by actor Kevin Eldon (It’s Kevin, Ruddy Hell It’s Harry And Paul), who will channel his inner hamster as Danger Mouse’s trusty sidekick Penfold, while comedian and voice-over artist Dave Lamb (Come Dine With Me, Goodness Gracious Me) will lend his vocals to The Narrator.
Kevin Eldon adds: “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.
Shauna MacDonald (The Descent, Filth) will also voice Professor Squawkencluck – the niece of the original professor and a quintessential unflappable stiff, formal British lab scientist, while British Animation Awards Best Voice Performance winner Morwenna Banks will lend her vocal talents to a variety of roles across the series.
Further cast announcements for additional characters will be made at a later date.
Cheryl Taylor, Controller of CBBC, says: “We’re all genuinely bowled over to have Kevin and Alexander on board as Penfold and the mighty DM himself. They are both funny and fabulously talented performers and along with well-loved CBBC favourite, Dave Lamb, will ensure that the series’ considerable comedy credentials are bestowed on a new generation of fans.”