The Emmy winning and Bafta nominated Eccleston, one of the UK’s leading actors, plays the dastardly J Woolington Sham in No More Mr Ice Guy, an episode from the hilarious action-packed new series of Danger Mouse broadcast on CBBC on Monday 1 October at 6pm.
“Listen, I’m playing Macbeth at the RSC at the moment. Danger Mouse is just as important to me – and I’m not kidding!” Eccleston said as he revealed himself at the voice record to be a long-time fan of the show.
“I first started watching it when I was about 19 – what was a young man doing watching Danger Mouse?!” he recalls. “I don’t think I’d ever heard northern accents in an animation before and that meant a huge amount to me, plus it captured perfectly the humour I understood. I just always loved it.”
Eccleston is passing his love of the show on to his children too: “I’ve indoctrinated my children,” he laughs. “You will like Danger Mouse! They are a bit worried and scared though because I’m playing a bad guy, and I think they think that everybody will think I am a bad guy.”
His character, J Woolington Sham, at first seems like a nice, gentlemanly teashop owner who befriends a dejected Penfold when he is usurped as Danger Mouse’s sidekick by The Snowman. He offers Penfold a new job at the teashop and at first things go splendidly – but trouble is soon brewing when Sham, along with the sinister Snowman, begins to show his true colours.
The star-studded cast also includes fellow special guest Richard Ayoade as The Snowman along with regulars Alexander Armstrong (Danger Mouse), Kevin Eldon (Penfold) and Stephen Fry (Colonel K).