Craig David speaks out about the impact of Bo’ Selecta

He is now at peace with Leigh Francis

Craig David has spoken out about the impact of the series ‘Bo’ Selecta’, and how Leigh Francis’ character mocking him ‘stopped him from releasing music in the way he wanted to’.

The cult Channel 4 show ran from 2002-2006, taking aim at celebrities and representing David as an incontinent Northerner with a pet kestrel, with his catchphrase even lending the show its name. It has often been said that the runaway popularity of the show and the character lent itself to the ‘7 Days’ star’s dip in popularity in the mid-2000s.

“To be honest, I didn’t really care either way,” David told Q Magazine about Leigh lampooning him in ‘Bo’ Selecta’. “He could have eased off, but had that character not happened, I might still be meandering along.”


Opening up in an interview with iNews, David added: “It actually wasn’t [the show] itself which was the lowest point for me. It was not being able to put music out in the way I always wanted to.”

He continued: “This is one of the beautiful things with hindsight; sometimes you just weren’t ready for something.”

David also said that he’d since made peace with ‘Celebrity Juice’ star Leigh Francis.

“A short time ago at Fearne Cotton’s wedding [in 2014], we had a big hug-out in the middle of it. I was like, ‘I’m going to give you a big hug, man’,” he said. “At the end of the day, I haven’t got it inside me to hold on to anything, how people may want me to feel [about it]. And he even said, ‘You know what, sorry man, I didn’t know it was going to go like that.’ I was just like, ‘You know what, listen, it is what it is.’

Now, the ‘When The Bassline Drops’ star is enjoying a renaissance. He’s back in the charts and is set for UK arena tour.


His sixth album ‘Following’ Intuition’ is released on Friday 30 September, and his upcoming UK tour dates are below:

Thursday 20 October 2016 – LONDON O2 Academy Brixton
Friday 21 October 2016 – MANCHESTER Academy
Thursday 16 March 2017 – CARDIFF Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
Saturday 18 March 2017 – LIVERPOOL Liverpool Echo Arena
Sunday 19 March 2017 – BOURNEMOUTH BIC
Tuesday 21 March 2017 – PLYMOUTH Plymouth Pavilions
Wednesday 22 March 2017 – BRIGHTON Centre
Friday 24 March 2017 – BIRMINGHAM Barclaycard Arena Birmingham
Saturday 25 March 2017 – LONDON O2
Sunday 26 March 2017 – LONDON O2
Tuesday 28 March 2017 – NOTTINGHAM Motorpoint Arena Nottingham
Wednesday 29 March 2017 – NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Metro Radio Arena
Friday 31 March 2017 – LEEDS first direct Arena
Saturday 1 April 2017 – MANCHESTER Arena
Monday 3 April 2017 – GLASGOW SSE Hydro
Tuesday 4 April 2017 – ABERDEEN AECC GE Oil & Gas Arena
Thursday 6 April 2017 – BELFAST SSE Arena, Belfast
Friday 7 April 2017 – DUBLIN 3Arena Dublin