On my radar: Craig Charles’s cultural highlights


The actor and DJ on Jean-Michel Basquiat, horror film Mother!, John Bishop’s chatshow, the magic of Altrincham Market and rising funksters the Allergies

Born in Liverpool, Craig Charles began his career as a poet, performing on various television and radio programmes. In 1988, he landed the role of Dave Lister in the science-fiction comedy series Red Dwarf; since then, he has had a number of roles on television, including presenting Robot Wars (1998-2004) and playing Lloyd Mullaney in Coronation Street (2005-2015). More recently, he has appeared in new episodes of Red Dwarf and presents The Gadget Show on Channel 5. The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show is on Radio 6 Music every Saturday, and his House Party is on Radio 2, also on Saturdays. Charles’s Funk & Soul Club Volume 5 compilation is out on Friday 8 December on Freestyle Records.

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