BBC Radio 4 programme 'A Menace to Society' kicks off The Beano's 75th anniversary celebrations
BBC Radio 4 will celebrate 75 years of The Beano on Monday 14 January with a special programme hosted by author, broadcaster and lifelong fan of The Beano, Danny Wallace. ‘A Menace to Society’ will look at the history of the comic, and feature interviews with the editor and some of its artists and writers. The Beano’s editor-in-chief, Mike Stirling, commented: “We’re all really excited about A Menace to Society and delighted that Danny is presenting the programme. He’s from Dundee – just like The Beano and Dennis – and is a huge fan of the comic. “Danny scripted a special Dennis and Gnasher story, which appears in this week’s issue. He’s a brilliant comedian and author, but this was his toughest writing challenge to date.” The programme is also set to be Radio 4’s ‘Podcast of the Week’ and is the first in a series of activities planned by Dundee-based publisher DC Thomson to help celebrate the milestone. Stirling added: “We’ve got lots of exciting plans in the pipeline to help celebrate The Beano, which turns 75 in July.” One such plan has already been confirmed by Dundee City Council who have agreed to call an unnamed street in Dundee’s west end ‘Bash Street’, which will feature a Beano-themed activity centre.