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Updated: BBC 'bans' Dennis The Menace's bullying

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BBC 'bans' Dennis The Menace's bullying

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Cartoon favourite Dennis The Menace has been toned down for a new BBC TV show, according to a report.

The troublesome character, who made his debut in The Beano in 1951, will return to CBBC screens with a new "reimagined" style next month, The Sun claims.

It is believed that Dennis will no longer scowl or bully his arch-nemesis Walter The Softy, while his trusty peashooter, catapult and water pistol have also been banned.

The 52-part show, which was first commissioned in October 2007, is instead expected to focus on devices invented by the character which cause chaos for his family and friends.

A source said: "Dennis can't be seen to use weapons and giving other kids grief in a BBC cartoon. The BBC doesn't want to be accused of encouraging children to be violent."

However, the BBC has played down the rumours, insisting that the changes made to Dennis's personality are minimal.

A spokeswoman told DS: "Dennis The Menace has been evolving since its creation in 1951, in print and on TV. Although the stories and animation have been updated to appeal to current CBBC viewers, his character has not changed significantly and Dennis remains as boisterous and mischievous as ever."

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