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Update: Sony Pictures has reached out to inform us that the report picked up The Tracking Board is inaccurate, and there is no Danger Mouse movie in development at this time.
Original Story: It’s incredible what a small-screen revival can do for a dormant property. Take Danger Mouse, for instance. Fresh off its return to the airwaves last month – boasting a voice cast comprised of Alexander Armstrong, Kevin Eldon and Stephen Fry – The Tracking Board now reports that Sony and StudioCanal are keen on propelling the popular British spy series onto the big screen.
Both studios are said to be in the early stages of planning with Neal Mortiz and Toby Ascher attached to produce the diminutive adaptation. Rather appropriately, plot details are being locked away behind closed doors, though the outlet suggests the project could serve as an origin tale of sorts, documenting the day-to-day operations of the »
- Michael Briers
Recently revived on TV with Alexander Armstrong, Kevin Eldon and Stephen Fry among the voice cast, Danger Mouse is also set to storm the big screen. Sony Pictures Animation and StudioCanal have hatched a plan for a movie, with producers Neal Moritz and Toby Ascher overseeing the diminutive super-spy shenanigans.Starting life as an animated series from Cosgrove Hall in the early '80s, Danger Mouse was a secret agent, channelling James Bond and Danger Man, and getting involved in a lot of very silly nonsense on a weekly basis.He lived underneath a pillar box on Baker Street and drove a flying car; his sidekick was the blundering hamster Penfold; his "M" was Colonel K. (a chinchilla); and his arch enemy was the wheezy toad Baron Greenback, who had a crow henchman called Stiletto and was always up to dastardly schemes like trying to melt the North Pole. Occasional secondary villains included Count Duckula, »
Danger Mouse is back! This slick, self-aware, modern revival boasts plenty of action and jokes...
It’s been over a year since the BBC announced it was remaking Danger Mouse, a show which has a special place in the hearts of a generation of children. Understandably, there’ve been nerves; can Danger Mouse thrive without David Jason and Terry Scott? Will the new team stick with what made the show great in the first place? Is there a place for Danger Mouse on television today? Will this ruin childhoods?
Based on the first episode of the revived series, the answer to all of those questions is tentatively ‘yes’. Except that last one; as we’ve said before on this site, even the worst remake can’t have any genuine impact on your childhood. And, happily, Danger Mouse is far from being the worst remake.
Fans of the old show will »
Bringing back Danger Mouse is a big deal - and the stars of Cbbc's new revamp have promised they won't mess it up.
The team behind the new show were "respectful" of the classic '80s animation, said Kevin Eldon - who voices Dm's assistant Penfold.
"People are possessive of stuff that belongs to their childhood, and you can understand that," he said. "You don't want to it be 'Scrappy Doo' - coming back and doing a horrible thing to the memory of something brilliant.
"I think that the people involved in this were respectful of the original. It has hauled itself into the 21st century, but it hasn't done it at the expense of the original's spirit.
"The scripts were just great - so imaginative, and with the same anarchic spirit as the original."
Get a sneak peek at the new Danger Mouse revival with this video of the new voice actors.
A James Bond-themed trailer for the show premiered earlier this month.
The new series of Danger Mouse will start on September 28, the 34th anniversary of the premiere of the original series. Watch a promo below: »
Johnny Vegas has called for more "brilliant, self-contained pieces" on television - and less of a focus on "returning audiences".
Vegas stars in one-off comedy Brilliantman! - airing tonight at 9pm on Sky Arts.
"I mourn the bygone days of Play for Today and these self-contained pieces, and the fact that within TV now it's all about returning audiences," the comic told DS.
"It's a real dumbing down or a presumption of the audience. It's almost a broadcast-induced attention deficit syndrome - where they don't trust that people can watch something that is self-contained for 30 minutes.
"And it's a shame that everything is about competing with something in the same time-slot on another channel, rather than putting something on for its creative and artistic validity."
"I think when we did 'Ragged', »
Danger Mouse gives James Bond a run for his money in a brand new trailer for Cbbc's reboot of the classic show.
The Back to the Future legend will be among the stars who will tell naughty tales in the third series of the Dave comedy.
A full list of the show's 12 stars will be announced by Dave in the coming weeks.
Crackanory will air on Dave later this year. Watch a promo for the show below: »
Robert Lindsay is making a comedy comeback in a new show on Gold later this year.
The My Family actor will be joined by Maureen Lipman in Bull, a new three-part sitcom from writers Gareth Gwynn and John-Luke Roberts.
The studio comedy is centred around Rupert Bull (Lindsay), a man who runs a struggling antiques shop alongside his inept staff.
UKTV's Simon Lupton said of the show: "What could possibly go wrong in a quintessentially English antiques shop managed by an energetic eccentric and staffed by a bizarre bunch of characters?
The answer is quite a lot – and that is the premise for this fast-paced, contemporary sitcom, written with verve by a new writing partnership. Robert Lindsay is one of our most versatile and funny actors, »
With E4 sci-fi comedy commissions, Tripped and Aliens, and in-development Channel 4 projects, Space Ark and Graham Linehan/Adam Buxton collaboration The Cloud, in the works, a new crop of sci-fi sitcom could be making its way to UK TV.
Making funny sci-fi on a small-screen budget is tough enough without the additional pressure of having to attract viewers more traditionally down-to-earth in their sitcom tastes. Sci-fi sets and effects can be seen as prohibitively expensive by comedy commissioners (which is perhaps why the best UK sci-fi sitcoms of recent years has been on BBC Radio), and the genre’s niche status doesn’t scream mainstream hit. Over the years, one or two stand-outs have managed to straddle the sci-fi and comedy TV worlds, but plenty more have stumbled in the attempt. »
"Game of Thrones" star Lena Headey and HBO comedy show host John Oliver are set to lend their voices to the upcoming revival of hit 1980s animated series "Danger Mouse" which will premiere on Cbbc in the UK this Fall followed by a U.S. Netflix launch in Spring next year.
The series follows the world's greatest super spy, the eye patched and white Danger Mouse (Alexander Armstrong) and his reluctant civil servant hamster sidekick Penfold (Kevin Eldon) as they take on a host of villains. Headey will provide the voice of Us Secret Agent Jeopardy Mouse, while Oliver is mad scientist wolf Dr Augustus P. Crumhorn III. Stephen Fry also lends his voice as the character of Colonel K.
Lena Headey says: "I wanted to do it [Danger Mouse] because it was pure nostalgia for me. I have children now and it's just a treat to be involved in something that »
- Garth Franklin
If you watched Danger Mouse as a kid in the 80s then your childhood was probably pretty cool. UK national treasure David Jason originally voiced the secret agent mouse during its decade long run from 1981 to 1992. It was announced last year that well known British comedian and television show host Alexander Armstrong would take over from David Jason in the BBC’S upcoming reboot and now we have a couple of other big names joining the ranks.
Deadline is reporting that Lena Headey – better known as Cersei Lannister, the baddest bitch in all of Westeros – will lend her voice to the new show as Us special agent Jeopardy Mouse. The Daily Show‘s John Oliver will also join the cast, voicing the recurring adversary Dr. Augustus P. Crumhorn III.
The news was first announced late Sunday night during a Sdcc panel. Headey explained her decision to join the show:
- Gavin Logan
"The fate of the entire galaxy rests in the hands of our greatest, most beloved, heroes..."
Fresh on the tail of the latest casting news for Cbbc's new Danger Mouse series (Lena Headey and John Oliver are the latest to join up) comes this first-look teaser trailer of the revamped show.
The action starts following a Star Wars episode VII parody ("Penfold, we're home!"), and it's looking good. From what little we see of them, Alexander Armstrong and Kevin Eldon are great choices for the roles of Dm and Penfold, the original theme song is intact, and so, by the looks of this brief teaser, is the sense of humour.
See what you think below:
Danger Mouse comes to Cbbc in the UK and Netflix (where the original series »
The Game of Thrones star and Us talk show host are to voice characters in the revival of the cartoon hit
It’s already signed up Stephen Fry, Alexander Armstrong and Kevin Eldon, and now the revival of Danger Mouse continues to attract A-list British talent: Game of Thrones star Lena Headey and talk show host John Oliver have both been added to the cast.
The announcement was made at a panel at Comic-Con over the weekend, with Headey saying: “I wanted to do it because it was pure nostalgia for me. I have children now and it’s just a treat to be involved in something that you loved as a kid and be able to share it. Those moments as an actor that come along once in while are not to be missed.”
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- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
Headey will play Us Secret Agent Jeopardy Mouse, while Oliver will play the mad wolf scientist Dr Augustus P Crumhorn III.
Headey said: "I wanted to do it [Danger Mouse] because it was pure nostalgia for me.
"I have children now and it's just a treat to be involved in something that you loved as a kid and be able to share it. Those moments as an actor that come along once in while are not to be missed."
"So to get a chance to do it is like getting »
Not only that, but the actor will also sing about the 16th century king's reign in the style of Elvis Presley for the Cbbc show.
Atkinson is one of several guest stars due to appear in the historical comedy programme's sixth series.
Horrible Histories returns to Cbbc on Monday (May 25) at 7.45am and 5pm. »
To celebrate the DVD and Blu-ray release of Set Fire To The Stars, we’re giving five lucky WhatCulture.com readers the chance to win a copy of the film on DVD.
Set in 1950s New York, the film follows John Malcolm Brinnin (Elijah Wood) an aspiring young American poet who finds his ordered world shaken when he embarks on a week-long retreat to save his hell raising hero, Dylan Thomas, played by Celyn Jones.
The film also features established British acting talent including Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes, Flight), Steven Mackintosh (Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Kick Ass 2), Kevin Eldon (Hugo, Hot Fuzz) and Shirley Henderson (Bridget Jones Diary, Trainspotting).
Visually stunning and shot entirely in black and white to an original score by Gruff Rhys, Set Fire To The Stars is about the dirty business of celebrity, and what may have happened in an East Coast boathouse when »
- Simon Gallagher
Everyone loves second-hand bookshops, don’t they? The satisfaction of leafing through some dusty volume of antiquarian musings, the rich scent of aged leather bindings, redolent of the past… Add to all that the opportunity to indulge in some intellectual posing and impress the philosophy student lounging in the corner, and you’ve got yourself a full Saturday afternoon’s entertainment.
That is, of course, unless you happen to find yourself in one particular Bloomsbury establishment, presided over by a certain Bernard Black. Make no mistake: our Bernard (Dylan Moran) may have an aesthete’s tousled pallor, but there’s nothing remotely poetic about his attitude to running a shop. Only dimly familiar with the concept of customer service, he rules his domain with a rod of iron. »
The Blackadder star will feature in the upcoming sixth series of the BBC's historical comedy children's show, playing Henry VIII.
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