Danger Mouse (1981-1992)

UK, 28 September 1981-19 March 1992
10 episodes, 163 episodes, 11m [series one]; 5m [series two]; 5m and 11m [series three]; 5m [series four]; 10m [series five and six]; 25m [series seven]; 10m [series eight]; 22m [series nine and ten]
colour, 4:3
mono, English

A British animated fantasy television series created by Brian Cosgrove and Mark Hall.

Premise

The adventures of Britain’s top rodent secret agent Danger Mouse and his sidekick Penfold.

Episodes

There are several things to note regarding Danger Mouse episodes:

Most series had different running times for their episodes and in the cases of the shorter running times those episodes were later re-edited into single stories.

Two unbroadcast pilot episodes are known to exist. The second, The Mystery of the Lost Chord was included on a 2001 UK DVD release and was later re-edited to form the second episode of series one. An earlier, as yet undiscovered pilot was mentioned on the same DVD release.

Some episodes were clearly meant to have been broadcast much earlier than they actually were. For example The Strange Case of the Ghost Bus (1982) and The Trip to America (1982), both shown in series three, are the same format as the episodes in series one.

Pilots
Pilot (unaired)
The Mystery of the Lost Chord (unaired)

Series One
Rogue Robots (28 September 1981)
Who Stole the Bagpipes (30 September 1981)
Trouble with Ghosts (5 October 1981)
Chicken Run (7 October 1981)
The Martian Misfit (12 October 1981)
The Dream Machine (14 October 1981)
Lord of the Bungle (19 October 1981)
Die Laughing (21 October 1981)
The World of Machines (26 October 1981)
Ice Station Camel (28 October 1981)
A Plague of Pyramids (14 December 1981)

Series Two
Custard Episode 1 (4 January 1982)
Custard Episode 2 (5 January 1982)
Custard Episode 3 (6 January 1982)
Custard Episode 4 (7 January 1982)
Custard Episode 5 (8 January 1982)
Close Encounters of the Absurd Kind Episode 1 (11 January 1982)
Close Encounters of the Absurd Kind Episode 2 (12 January 1982)
Close Encounters of the Absurd Kind Episode 3 (13 January 1982)
Close Encounters of the Absurd Kind Episode 4 (14 January 1982)
Close Encounters of the Absurd Kind Episode 5 (15 January 1982)
The Duel Episode 1 (18 January 1982)
The Duel Episode 2 (19 January 1982)
The Duel Episode 3 (20 January 1982)
The Duel Episode 4 (21 January 1982)
The Duel Episode 5 (22 January 1982)
The Day of the Suds Episode 1 (25 January 1982)
The Day of the Suds Episode 2 (26 January 1982)
The Day of the Suds Episode 3 (27 January 1982)
The Day of the Suds Episode 4 (28 January 1982)
The Day of the Suds Episode 5 (29 January 1982)
The Bad Luck Eye of the Little Yellow God Episode 1 (1 February 1982)
The Bad Luck Eye of the Little Yellow God Episode 2 (2 February 1982)
The Bad Luck Eye of the Little Yellow God Episode 3 (3 February 1982)
The Bad Luck Eye of the Little Yellow God Episode 4 (4 February 1982)
The Bad Luck Eye of the Little Yellow God Episode 5 (5 February 1982)
The Four Tasks of Danger Mouse Episode 1 (8 February 1982)
The Four Tasks of Danger Mouse Episode 2 (9 February 1982)
The Four Tasks of Danger Mouse Episode 3 (10 February 1982)
The Four Tasks of Danger Mouse Episode 4 (11 February 1982)
The Four Tasks of Danger Mouse Episode 5 (12 February 1982)

Series Three
The Invasion of Colonel ‘K’ Episode 1 (4 October 1982)
The Invasion of Colonel ‘K’ Episode 2 (5 October 1982)
The Invasion of Colonel ‘K’ Episode 3 (6 October 1982)
The Invasion of Colonel ‘K’ Episode 4 (7 October 1982)
The Invasion of Colonel ‘K’ Episode 5 (8 October 1982)
Danger Mouse Saves the World… …Again! Episode 1 (11 October 1982)
Danger Mouse Saves the World… …Again! Episode 2 (12 October 1982)
Danger Mouse Saves the World… …Again! Episode 3 (13 October 1982)
Danger Mouse Saves the World… …Again! Episode 4 (14 October 1982)
Danger Mouse Saves the World… …Again! Episode 5 (15 October 1982)
The Odd Ball Runaround Episode 1 (18 October 1982)
The Odd Ball Runaround Episode 2 (19 October 1982)
The Odd Ball Runaround Episode 3 (20 October 1982)
The Odd Ball Runaround Episode 4 (21 October 1982)
The Odd Ball Runaround Episode 5 (22 October 1982)
The Strange Case of the Ghost Bus (25 October 1982)
The Trip to America (1 November 1982)

Series Four
The Wild, Wild Goose Chase Episode 1 (3 January 1983)
The Wild, Wild Goose Chase Episode 2 (4 January 1983)
The Wild, Wild Goose Chase Episode 3 (5 January 1983)
The Wild, Wild Goose Chase Episode 4 (6 January 1983)
The Wild, Wild Goose Chase Episode 5 (7 January 1983)
The Return of Count Duckula Episode 1 (10 January 1983)
The Return of Count Duckula Episode 2 (11 January 1983)
The Return of Count Duckula Episode 3 (12 January 1983)
The Return of Count Duckula Episode 4 (13 January 1983)
The Return of Count Duckula Episode 5 (14 January 1983)
Demons Aren’t Dull Episode 1 (17 January 1983)
Demons Aren’t Dull Episode 2 (18 January 1983)
Demons Aren’t Dull Episode 3 (19 January 1983)
Demons Aren’t Dull Episode 4 (20 January 1983)
Demons Aren’t Dull Episode 5 (21 January 1983)
150 Million Years Lost Episode 1 (11 April 1983)
150 Million Years Lost Episode 2 (12 April 1983)
150 Million Years Lost Episode 3 (13 April 1983)
150 Million Years Lost Episode 4 (14 April 1983)
150 Million Years Lost Episode 5 (15 April 1983)
Planet of the Cats Episode 1 (18 April 1983)
Planet of the Cats Episode 2 (19 April 1983)
Planet of the Cats Episode 3 (20 April 1983)
Planet of the Cats Episode 4 (21 April 1983)
Planet of the Cats Episode 5 (22 April 1983)
Four Heads Are Better Than Two Episode 1 (25 April 1983)
Four Heads Are Better Than Two Episode 2 (26 April 1983)
Four Heads Are Better Than Two Episode 3 (27 April 1983)
Four Heads Are Better Than Two Episode 4 (28 April 1983)
Four Heads Are Better Than Two Episode 5 (29 April 1983)
Tower of Terror Episode 1 (9 May 1983)
Tower of Terror Episode 2 (10 May 1983)
Tower of Terror Episode 3 (11 May 1983)
Tower of Terror Episode 4 (12 May 1983)
Tower of Terror Episode 5 (13 May 1983)
The Great Bone Idol Episode 1 (16 May 1983)
The Great Bone Idol Episode 2 (17 May 1983)
The Great Bone Idol Episode 3 (18 May 1983)
The Great Bone Idol Episode 4 (19 May 1983)
The Great Bone Idol Episode 5 (20 May 1983)
Public Enemy No.1 Episode 1 (23 May 1983)
Public Enemy No.1 Episode 2 (24 May 1983)
Public Enemy No.1 Episode 3 (25 May 1983)
Public Enemy No.1 Episode 4 (26 May 1983)
Public Enemy No.1 Episode 5 (27 May 1983)

Series Five
Long Lost Crown Affair (20 February 1984)
By George, It’s a Dragon! (27 February 1984)
Tiptoe through the Penfolds (5 March 1984)
Project Moon (12 March 1984)
The Next Ice Age Begins at Midnight! (19 March 1984)
The Aliens Are Coming (26 March 1984)
Remote Controlled Chaos (2 April 1984)
The Man from Gadget (9 April 1984)
Tampering with Time Tickles (16 April 1984)
Nero Power (30 April 1984)

Series Six
Once Upon a Timeslip… (24 December 1984)
Viva Danger Mouse (3 January 1985)
Play it Again Wufgang (10 January 1985)
“Hear Hear” (17 January 1985)
Multiplication Fable (24 January 1985)
The Spy Who Stayed in With a Cold (31 January 1985)
It’s all White, White Wonder (7 February 1985)
The Hickory Dickory Dock Dilemma (14 February 1985)
What a 3 Point Turn-up for the Book (21 February 1985)
Quark! Quark! (28 February 1985)
Alping is Snow Easy Matter (7 March 1985)
Aaagghg!! Spiders! (14 March 1985)
One of Our Stately Homes is Missing (21 March 1985)
Afternoon Off with the Fangboner! (28 March 1985)
Beware of Mexicans Delivering Milk (4 April 1985)
CATastrophe (11 April 1985)
The Good, the Bad and the Motionless (18 April 1985)
Statues (25 April 1985)
The Clock Strikes Back (2 May 1985)
Ee-Tea! (9 May 1985)
Bandits, Beans and Ballyhoo! (23 May 1985)
Have you Fled from Any Good Books Lately? (30 May 1985)
Tut, Tut, it’s Not Pharaoh (6 June 1985)
Lost, Found and Spellbound (13 June 1985)
Penfold BF (20 June 1985)
Mechanised Mayhem (27 June 1985)
Journey to the Earth’s Cor! (26 December 1985)

Series Seven
DM on the Orient Express (13 November 1986)
The Ultra Secret Secret. (20 November 1986)
Duckula Meets Frankenstoat (27 November 1986)
Where There’s a Well There’s a Way (4 December 1986)
All Fall Down (11 December 1986)
Tide of the Turn (18 December 1986)

Season Eight
Gremlin Alert (20 February 1987)
Cor! What a Picture! (27 February 1987)

Season Nine
I Spy with my Little Eye… (3 January 1991)
BigFoot Falls (10 January 1991)
The… Statue of Liberty Caper (9 January 1992)
Penfold Transformed (16 January 1992)
A Dune with a View (23 January 1992)
Don Coyote and… Sancho Penfold (30 January 1992)

Season Ten
Crumhorn Strikes Back! (6 February 1992)
Ants, Trees and… Whoops-a-daisy (13 February 1992)
There’s a Penfold in my Suit (20 February 1992)
Rhyme and Punishment (27 February 1992)
Pillow Fright! (5 March 1992)
Heavy Duty (12 March 1992)
The Intergalactic 147 (19 March 1992)

Sequel
Danger Mouse (2015-2019)

See also
Count Duckula (1988-1993)

References

Books

  • The A-Z of Classic Children’s Television by Simon Sheridan pp.97-100