Craig Charles announced for new BBC Radio gig

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Photo credit: Dave Hogan - Getty Images

Craig Charles is gearing up to present a brand new show on BBC's Radio 6 Music later this year.

The actor, who is best known for his roles in Red Dwarf and Coronation Street, is set to take over from Shaun Keaveny as host of the weekday afternoon show, which runs from 1pm to 4pm, from October.

In that three-hour window, he promises to treat listeners to some "cracking tunes from across the musical spectrum" as well as chats with guests from the worlds of music, comedy, TV and film.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

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Talking about his new role, Charles said he was "made up" and he "can't wait to get started".

"Craig Charles has been part of the 6 Music family since we first arrived on the airwaves in 2002," explained Samantha Moy, Head of 6 Music. "Over the years, his Funk and Soul show has become must listen radio on Saturday nights – bags of brilliant records and loads of laughter.

"We can look forward to more of the same on weekday afternoons – with an even bigger record bag – full of music from across the genres and eras, right up to the present day – here on 6 Music."

Photo credit: Dave Hogan - Getty Images
Photo credit: Dave Hogan - Getty Images

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Charles will continue to present 'The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show', which is broadcast every Saturday between 6pm and 9pm, and 'The Craig Charles House Party' on Radio 2, which runs on the same day from 10am to 2pm.

Shortly after the announcement, Keaveny, who confirmed that he was leaving the network after 14 years last month, shared his approval, tweeting: "My funk soul brother, you're one of my favourite people in broadcasting. You know this.

"We used to joke whenever you stood in for me on Breakfast it was in fact I who was standing in for you 'til you could dep again, so popular you were! You're going to be so good. OPEN THE TRUNK!"

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