Craig Charles shares ‘mixed feelings’ after Radio 2 exits

Craig Charles has revealed that he has “mixed feelings” about the loss of his BBC Radio 2 show amid a change in the broadcaster’s schedule earlier this year.

The 58-year-old DJ and actor, best known for his roles in Red Dwarf and Coronation Street, presented The Craig Charles House Party on Radio 2 from 2016 to June 18 this year.

Charles, who continues to host The Craig Charles Funk And Soul Show on Radio 6 Music every Saturday night, revealed his disappointment at leaving the Radio 2 position in an interview with Radio Times.


Charles performs live at the Ordinary People Festival in Southampton (David Jensen/PA)

“I have mixed feelings,” he said, but added that he understands the decision: “I can see their point: I do 6 Music six days a week (but) the Radio 2 program. worked fine.

“They couldn’t give me any other reason than they just wanted to change.

“You should never try to join a party if they don’t want you as a guest!

“You can’t do everything. And if something has to happen, I want it to be. “

In 2021, the BBC announced that Charles will also present a weekday afternoon slot on 6 Music from 1pm to 4pm.

He took from Shaun Keaveny, and has presented the show from Salford since October.

Recent schedule changes on Radio 2 also include the end of Dr Rangan Chatterjee’s show on Sundays from 10pm to midnight and Ana Matronic’s Sunday Dance Devotion timing from midnight to 2am.

Speaking to Radio Times, Charles confirmed he would not be returning to the ITV channel, where he played Lloyd Mullaney for more than a decade before making the “difficult” decision to leave in 2015.

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Full interview with Craig Charles available on Radio Times (Radio Times/PA)

“I think that boat is out now,” he said.

“I left because my brother died. He was only 52 years old, and I just thought, ‘Would I be happy if I put on my clogs with all I’ve done?’ And the answer I gave was no.

“I’ve been Corrie for 10 years and I feel like I’m hiding there. It was very comfortable and very difficult to leave.

“But I wanted new adventures – and I had new adventures.

“That’s the thing of life: move forward, don’t rest on your laurels, make new memories.”

The full interview with Craig Charles is available on Radio Times. Craig Charles shares ‘mixed feelings’ after Radio 2 exits

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