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Another bomb materialises on another plain background“CRUMBS!” ONE-EYED cartoon white mouse (DAVID JASON) and a short-sighted mole (Penfold – TERRY SCOTT), despite having only one and a half good eyes between them, continually outwit wheezing frog BARON GREENBACK and STILETTO the mafioso crow (BRIAN TRUEMAN) before reporting to Jimmy Edwardslike Colonel K (EDWARD KELSEY). Another superlative effort from Cosgrove-Hall. English-as-hell humour, in-jokes for the parents and Pythonesque fourth wall narrator interrupting the action make this long overdue a full revival. The mystic stick (“Are you the hairy old twit with the twig thing?”), cunning plans (“Aha! Greenback wants us to think that he thinks we’ll think there isn’t a drop at all. But I know he thinks that I know he thinks there is!”), the Time Traveller’s Potting Shed – it was all here. Dangermouse. Powerhouse.



  1. THX 1139

    January 17, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    The wordplay in this was a wonder to behold, one of those shows where you may have been too young to get every joke, but appreciated that you were watching that never better combination of the very silly and the very smart. Penfold was a hamster though, not a mole. Which is odd because hamsters are bigger than mice. Unless DM was a rat in disguise? Danger Rat doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.

  2. Richard Freeman

    March 28, 2015 at 3:42 am

    Penfold was a hamster not a mole. It’s coming back by they way, new series this year with Kevin Eldon as Penfold and Alexander Armstrong as DM!

  3. Joanne Gray

    November 19, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    I think you’ll find it was Thames, not Granada, who were responsible for the best animated show of the 80s.

    • TV Cream

      November 20, 2017 at 10:45 am

      Thank you! Now fixed.

  4. Tom Ronson

    March 31, 2022 at 3:42 pm

    Wasn’t there an episode where the narrator got bored and decided to make a load of absolutely ridiculous things happen, just because he could? Please tell me I didn’t imagine this.

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