Smooth Operations.

Martin Freeman presenting at the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

About Smooth Operations

High quality programming and live events
Mark Radcliffe & Stuart Maconie with Rufus Wainwright

What We Do

Smooth Operations is an award-winning production company which delivers the highest quality live events and programming across every platform, including radio, television and online.

Specialising in content and event production, our portfolio of work encompasses daily, weekly and one-off radio programmes, outside broadcasts, concert coverage, stage management, podcasts and our own record label, Delphonic.

The Smooth Operations team

Our greatest strength is devising formats with enduring appeal, ranging from Radcliffe and Maconie's daily show on BBC Radio 6 Music, to our long-running associations with the Cambridge Folk Festival and industry-facing events such as the Radio Festival and the Radio Academy's prestigious award ceremony.

Selected Work

Our greatest strength is devising formats with enduring appeal.

Radcliffe and Maconie

This popular programme unites Mark and Stuart every weekday from 13:00 - 16:00 on BBC Radio 6 Music for a mix of intelligent music, conversation and a variety of top guests, plus regular features and special broadcasts from unique locations.

The Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe 

Mark explores the wide range of traditional and contemporary folk and acoustic music from around the UK and the world, with interviews and live sessions from the finest performers. Broadcast Wednesdays at 19:00 on BBC Radio 2.

Radio Documentaries

For more than twenty years, we have delivered countless documentaries to networks including BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4.

The People's Songs

This landmark series ran for fifty consecutive weeks on BBC Radio 2. Each episode explored the history of Britain through a key music release, using the testimony of ordinary people who bought the records. Produced alongside a book and a museum exhibition, this programme was also published as a podcast.

Cambridge Folk Festival

We produce live coverage of Europe's most prestigious folk and roots festival for Sky Arts, working with presenters including Zoe Ball and Julie Fowlis.

Details of the 2016 festival, including video of backstage artist interviews, can be found on the Cambridge Folk Festival page on

Radio Festival and Radio Academy Awards

Smooth Operations stage-manage live events for industry body The Radio Academy, including its annual conference.

War Horse

War Horse is a celebrated book, stage show and film, written by Michael Morpurgo. BBC Radio 2 commissioned Smooth Operations to produce an hour-long audio drama of the stage show, starring Timothy Spall, Brenda Blethyn and Bob Hoskins.

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and Young Folk Award

We stage produce the annual BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards at London’s Royal Albert Hall and coordinate the Young Folk Award Weekend, bringing together the top ten folk acts in the UK aged 16-21.

Delphonic Music

Over the past twenty years, we have recorded innumerable live sessions and concerts for the BBC, Sky Arts, RTE and others. Delphonic makes our extensive archive of folk, roots, blues and acoustic performances by some of the greatest artists who have ever lived available to download.