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Craig Charles’ BBC Radio 2 show dropped amid schedule shake-up

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The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club performs at Newport's Tredegar Park

Craig’s show will end on July 15 (Picture: Mike Lewis Photography / Redfern)

Craig Charles’ Saturday Night BBC Radio 2 show has been canceled after eight years.

The 57-year-old Red Dwarf star has presented the weekly Craig Charles House Party on Saturdays from 10 p.m. to midnight since 2014.

However, the radio channel is going through a setback with major changes in its Friday-Sunday shows from July 15.

Scissor Sisters star Anna Matronic’s early Sunday show Dance Devotion and Dr. Rangan Chatterjee’s late night Sunday show are also closed.

Other changes include a new permanent show for Drag Race star Michelle Visage every Friday night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Angela Griffin will introduce Radio 2 Unwinds, a mood-boosting show Sunday nights from 10 p.m. to midnight.

Craig told the BBC in the announcement: ‘Every party must have an end and although I am packing my trunk of funk on Radio 2, I like to bring the party every Saturday night to my funky listeners.’

Craig Charles at BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017

The actor and DJ will still be heard on the station’s radio waves (Picture: Karawai Tang/WireImage)

fans will still be able to listen The former Coronation Street Actors each week (1-4 pm) on BBC Radio 6 Music and The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show (Saturday nights, 6-9 pm).

“It has been a pleasure and a privilege to be part of the Radio 2 line-up for the past five years,” said Anna. ‘It is an honor to be able to represent dance music culture, history and community to which I will continue to dedicate myself.

‘I wish all my listeners all the best and hope to see you on the dance floor very soon!’

Dr Rangan continued: ‘I have had a lot of fun presenting my Radio 2 show, and I hope I have helped guide listeners through a unique time in their lifetime.’

Radio 2 head Helen Thomas said: ‘Many thanks to Anna, Craig and Dr Rangan. He is happy to book Saturday and Sunday evenings on Radio 2.

Radio legend Tony Backburn’s Golden Hour is also changing slots on Saturdays from 7-8 pm.

Michelle Visage's BAFTA Nominee Party, Inside, London, UK - 12 March 2022

Michelle Visage is being welcomed into a permanent slot in the Radio 2 family (Picture: David Fischer/Shutterstock for REX/BAFTA)

Michelle, 53, is also returning in August with the second series of her podcast Michelle Visage’s Rule Breakers, which makes her sit down for one-on-one encounters with famous faces to listen to inspirational stories.

In the first studded series, she interviewed stars including Cameron Diaz, Don French, Jessie J, Marc Jacobs, Tan France, and of course, RuPaul.

‘I set out to broadcast my own show to millions of listeners on Radio 2, where every Friday night I launch the listeners’ weekend in spectacular fashion with some of my all-time favorite tracks that promise you the best. Be in the mood!’ Michelle said.

She said: ‘I’m so excited! Bring it all!’

DJ Spoony also has a new show (Picture: Tabatha Fireman / Getty Images for YouTube)
Radio legend Tony Blackburn is moving on (but not far) (Picture: PA)

DJ Spoony, who joined Radio 1 in 2000 to bring Garage to a national audience, is also seeing the permanent return of The Good Groove with DJ Spoony, which ran as a four-part series on Radio 2 in January.

It will now air every Friday night from 9 to 11 p.m. to listeners’ ears with 60 years of classic soul, Motown, Philly, R&B, soul, garage and hip hop.

The BBC’s Helen Thomas said: ‘I am delighted to welcome Angela, DJ Spoony and Michelle to the Radio 2 family and look forward to hearing their new weekly show on Radio 2 from July.

Angela Griffin joins the line-up on Sunday night (Picture: Piers Allardyce/REX)

‘As always, through BBC Sounds listeners can listen to the show of their choice any day and any time.’

Other schedule switches include The Rock Show with Johnny Walker late Saturday night to Friday (11 p.m.–midnight), while the 80s sound with Gary Davis switched from Friday night to Saturday night at 8 p.m. Will go

Fearne Cotton is also moving forward with the sounds of the 90s from Friday to Saturday and a new time slot from 10 p.m. to midnight.

The regular one-hour documentary/musical genre slot will move to a new home Friday through Saturday (midnight – 1 pm).

All programsCan be listened to at any time on BBC Sounds.

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