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Armstrong lands Danger Mouse role

Pointless host Alexander Armstrong has landed the starring role for the return of much-loved cartoon character Danger Mouse.

The comedy actor - also known for his TV shows with Ben Miller - will be voicing the debonair but diminutive secret agent for his comeback next year, more than two decades after the series ended.

White-clad hero DM, who wore a patch over one eye, was previously voiced by Sir David Jason in the original shows which ran for more than 10 years.

The new CBBC series will also feature the voice of Come Dine With Me, Dave Lamb, who has landed the all-important role of narrator.

Danger Mouse ended in 1992 and his return created a buzz when it was announced in June.

The character will be given a revamp and will have cutting edge gadgets at his disposal including his multi-purpose "i-patch", although he will continue to have his HQ in a post box.

Armstrong, 44, has previously voiced an alien super-computer in Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures, as well as top engineer Professor M in the animated series Tooned.

Now the supporter of rural campaign group the Countryside Alliance, which backs hunting, is to take on the role of the rodent.

Armstrong - who, like his new character, went to Cambridge - said: "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."

His hamster sidekick Penfold - noted for his catchphrase "Crumbs, DM" - will be played by comedian Kevin Eldon, replacing the late Terry Scott from the original shows.

He joked: "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."

Creators of the show have also shown how the new Danger Mouse will look with the first still from the programme, still retaining the same look fans will recall.

Other cast members include Shauna MacDonald as Professor Squawkencluck, the niece of the original techno-boffin, and Morwenna Banks who till take on a number of roles in the show.

Lamb, familiar to CBBC viewers as co-host of Horrible Histories: Gory Games, said of his appointment: "Danger Mouse's narrator is an iconic role and I can't wait to get started."

The original show - whose title music which featured the lines: "He's the greatest, he's fantastic, wherever there is danger he'll be there" - was originally screened by ITV.

Danger Mouse's 52-episode revival is being made by Boulder Media and FremantleMedia Kids and Family Entertainment, after the company which created it, Cosgrove Hall, was closed down in 2009 after becoming part of ITV.

CBBC controller Cheryl Taylor said: "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."

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