Look who’s back! Dennis the Menace wows new generation of mischief-loving children

The Beano, the UK’s longest-running comic, is revitalised by digital spin-offs promoting the joys of youthful rebellion

Dennis the Menace, synonymous with childhood mischief and rebellion for more than half a century, is undergoing a multimillion-pound makeover as the Beano battles to stay relevant with the click and swipe generation.

Viewing data this week will show the cartoon series Dennis & Gnasher Unleashed has become the top show on the BBC’s children’s channel CBBC in its first week, and the 10th most-watched programme in the country among children aged six to 12, alongside The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing.

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