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Danger Mouse (Pic: BBC)
Danger Mouse (Pic: BBC)
Danger Mouse (Pic: BBC)

The BBC’s rebooted version of the classic British children’s cartoon Danger Mouse is clearly aiming for as international an audience as possible. Having secured the services of Alexander Armstrong (Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures) as the rodentine secret agent, and the actor Kevin Eldon as his bumbling sidekick Penfold, the cast has been fleshed out with some stellar talents, including Stephen Fry as their chief Colonel K, and now John Oliver (Last Week Tonight) and Lena Headey (Game of Thrones).

John is playing a mad scientist (and wolf) Dr. Augustus P. Crumhorn III, and clearly considers this to be a career peak: “I’ve loved Danger Mouse my whole life. Danger Mouse was a significant part of my childhood.

“So to get a chance to do it is like getting a chance to step into your childhood, which is both a magical and a potentially hazardous thing! It will be awesome, I can’t wait to see it, let alone hear myself in it!”

Lena will play an American secret agent called Jeopardy Mouse (not quite as dangerous, but she’s very good at getting answers), and she’s delighted to be in something that her kids can watch: “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.”

The announcement was made at a special panel at Comic-Con, which also showed this trailer:

And it wasn’t the only Westeros-related revelation of the weekend. The Game of Thrones panel were treated to this clip of various members of the cast—Natalie Dormer, Gwendoline Christie—auditioning for their parts.

Be warned, it’s a bit boomy:

Danger Mouse will be coming to Netflix in spring 2016.

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By Fraser McAlpine