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'Danger Mouse': 'Pointless' Host Alexander Armstrong To Replace David Jason As Voice Of Revamped Rodent Hero

18/09/2014 07:50 BST | Updated 18/09/2014 08:59 BST

'Danger Mouse' will sound - and look -slightly different when the rodent hero returns to our TV screens next year.

'Pointless' host Alexander Armstrong will replace Sir David Jason as the voice of the much-loved character, whose new look has been unveiled by the BBC.

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Danger Mouse has had a 21st century make-over

The presenter and comic actor described his new role as 'about as close to a dream job as you could wish for'.

"As a lifelong fan of Danger Mouse, I was ecstatic just to know that the show was coming back," the 44-year-old said.

"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."

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Alexander Armstrong

'Only Fools And Horses' star David Jason voiced 'DM' in ITV's original series, which ran from 1981 until 1992.

Meanwhile, Terry Scott's old character, Danger Mouse's trusty sidekick Penfold, will be voiced by 'Nighty Night' and 'Big Train' actor Kevin Eldon.

"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," Eldon joked.

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Danger Mouse was originally voiced by Sir David Jason

The new series will include updates to bring the much-loved animated series into the 21st century, including a 'multi-purpose i-Patch' for DM.

The new version will initially run for 52 episodes on the CBBC channel in 2015.

Other cast members include Shauna MacDonald and Morwenna Banks, while Come Dine With Me's voiceover man, Dave Lamb, will take on the role of narrator.

"We're all genuinely bowled over to have Kevin and Alexander on board as Penfold and the mighty DM himself," said CBBC controller Cheryl Taylor.

"They are both funny and fabulously talented performers and... will ensure that the series' considerable comedy credentials are bestowed on a new generation of fans."

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