Changes brought in as part of BBC plans to feature more female characters
The forthcoming CBBC reboot of Danger Mouse is set to change the sex of a number of characters in an effort to get more female characters on TV.
It has been two decades since the superhero and his sidekick Penfold were seen on screens with both characters set to return along with new gadgets, locations, villains and vehicles from 2015.
“Characters that might have been male in the past will now be female characters,” CBBC controller Cheryl Taylor said while speaking at the Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield, reports The Guardian. “I still feel the default tendency is for there to be a male lead or a male presenter.”
“We felt that the redesign stayed truthful both to the essence of Danger Mouse as we knew and loved him, but also brought something new for the youth of today,” Taylor added.
“Having seen the scripts, which are really whizz-bang, they’ve managed to retain that fantastic rather old-fashioned British humour as well as bringing something fresh.”
As previously reported, Danger Mouse’s eye patch will be replaced by an “i-patch” with multiple technological functions while his headquarters boast “state-of-the-art wizardry.”
Sir David Jason voiced the original Danger Mouse between 1981 and 1992. No decisions over voice roles in the forthcoming series have yet been announced.