Radcliffe & Maconie

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Radcliffe & Maconie is a weekend radio programme broadcast on BBC Radio 6 Music in the United Kingdom and via the internet. It runs from 7-10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and is presented by Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie. The show originally ran on BBC Radio 2 from 16 April 2007 until 23 March 2011, where it was known as The Radcliffe and Maconie Show. Originally broadcast on weekday afternoons, the current 6 Music show broadcasts from the BBC's MediaCityUK in Salford, Greater Manchester. The duo celebrated the 10th anniversary of the show and broadcasting together on 17 April 2017.[1][2] The show moved to the weekend breakfast slot in January 2019.[3]

Radcliffe & Maconie
Stuart Maconie & Mark Radcliffe.jpg
Maconie (l) & Radcliffe (r) at the Cambridge Folk Festival in 2007
Other namesThe Radcliffe and Maconie Show (2007–2011)
GenreMusic and conversation
Running time3 hours (Weekends, 7-10a.m.)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Home stationBBC Radio 2 (2007–2011)
BBC Radio 6 Music (2011–present)
Hosted byMark Radcliffe
Stuart Maconie
Produced byLizzie Hoskin
Smooth Operations
Recording studioMedia City, Salford, Greater Manchester
Original release16 April 2007 – present
Audio formatDigital radio, TV and internet
WebsiteRadcliffe and Maconie


Mark Radcliffe had previously broadcast a solo show on Radio 2 from June 2004 after transferring from BBC Radio 1 the previous March, whilst Maconie had also broadcast various shows for the network as well as 6 Music.

The Radio 2 show was broadcast four nights a week (Monday to Thursday) until 8 April 2010, when the Thursday night show was given over to In Concert, a music programme featuring repeats of old live concerts. This was carried out as a response to the BBC Trust, who dictated that Radio 2 must feature more live music. Radio 2 controller Bob Shennan made the decision to cut one of Radcliffe & Maconie's shows in order to make way for the repeats featured within 'In Concert'.

On 1 February 2011 it was announced that the pair were to move to BBC Radio 6 Music to present a weekday show, starting on 4 April.[4] The final show on Radio 2 was broadcast on 23 March and featured live music from Manic Street Preachers. The BBC Radio 6 Music weekday show ran from 4 April 2011 until 21 December 2018. Radcliffe took a break from broadcasting in early October 2018 after he had announced he was receiving treatment for cancer.[5] The final weekday show was presented by Maconie only, although Radcliffe made a short appearance announcing that he would be returning in February 2019[6] to re-join Maconie on the new weekend breakfast show which began on 12 January.[7]

The show plays new music by up and coming artists as well as established acts. It also features live sessions from a diverse collection of acts. Bands and artists that have featured in session in the past include; The Raveonettes, Arcade Fire, Crowded House, Sheryl Crow, Supergrass, Elbow, Seasick Steve, Siouxsie Sioux, The Flies, Vashti Bunyan, Kate Walsh, Ed Harcourt, The Earlies, Maps, Laura Veirs, Feist, Editors, Travis, Cherry Ghost, The Coral, The Thrills, Tinariwen as well as many more.

Radcliffe and Maconie have also made comment on the show from time to time of their appreciation of cowbells and various kinds of cheese. Whenever Radcliffe is presenting the show, either with Maconie or by himself, it usually begins with the line "You know what you wanna do with that, right? You wanna put a bangin' donk on it." sampled from the song "Put A Donk On It" by The Blackout Crew.[8] If Maconie is presenting solo, he usually does not include this in the show. The show typically begins with an older, classic "bangin' donk" tune, followed by a short instrumental, novelty, or television theme song (such as the theme to Barnaby or "Popcorn" by Hot Butter), followed by a contemporary song. Following this opening set of songs is the show's 'bed' track, an instrumental mix of "Chicken Payback" by The Bees, over which the hosts begin the show.

Another sample played regularly on the show is the "Roots Bloody Roots" clip. Taken from listener and contributor, Gayton Peawell from Darlington. His suggestion of "Roots Bloody Roots" by Sepultura was performed with a deepened voice.

Elizabeth 'Alcopops' Alker has been the music news reporter on the show since it moved to 6 Music in 2011.

Special guests often appear on Radcliffe & Maconie. Among the regular guests are Noddy Holder, Sally Lindsay, Adrian Edmondson, Miranda Sawyer and Lucy Porter.

Current featuresEdit

The ChainEdit

The Chain is an item on the show billed as a 'never-ending list of records, with every new track somehow connected to the last.'[9] One song is played in every hour of each show that relates to the previous one, listeners are encouraged to contact the show with another song that links to this one. The connection can be anything, ranging from the very obvious to the very obscure. The item is introduced by Gordon Burns. On 4 January 2011 Burns joined the show to celebrate the 2,000th link, which was "Fame" by David Bowie. He joined the show again on 9 October 2013 for the 4,000th link which was "Dear Prudence" by the Beatles, the date coincidentally being John Lennon's birthday. A website is available for listeners to check if a chain suggestion they want to make has been on before as each song can only be used once.[10] The website is run and maintained by regular contributor to the show Kenneth Ken Yau. The theme song for the segment is the Fleetwood Mac song it is named after, which was also the very first link.[11]

Tea Time Theme TimeEdit

Every Sunday at about 9:35am, three records are played that all centre round a particular theme. When the show was on weekdays it would be every day at about 3:35pm. The first week's themes were chosen by the presenters themselves, after which the themes were chosen by listeners. At first the linking theme was announced before the records were played, however it soon became popular for listeners to guess what the link was so now the connecting theme isn't mentioned until all the records have been played and listeners contact the show with their guesses as to what the theme is. Although there is no prize for getting the theme correct the first person to contact the show with the correct answer has the honour of having their name mentioned as the winner. Radcliffe and Maconie used to say that the first correct answer received the "Tea Time Theme Time Crown of Joy." Although the winner didn't receive an actual crown, a picture of a paper hat representing a crown would be tweeted along with the winners name. However they no longer refer to the "Tea Time Theme Time Crown of Joy."

Sampled Under FootEdit

This feature presents two songs in a row, the second draws in some way from the first.

Sunday Glove SongEdit

On Sunday mornings, a song is played from listeners' submissions that uses the word "glove" in its lyrics. Sometimes a klaxon sound is played before the word "glove" is sang but sometimes the klaxon is not used. The item is a parody of Steve Wright's "Sunday Love Songs." On Sunday 14 February 2021 (Valentine's Day), the Radcliffe & Maconie programme was entirely Sunday Glove Songs. The theme song for this item is the Wings song "Silly Love Songs" with the presenters covering the word "Love" with "Glove".

First, Last and EverythingEdit

This item is where Radcliffe & Maconie together or one of them separately interview a personality who gives their "First, Last and Everything" musical selections. The "First" is a song that was one of the first musical influences on them, e.g. first record they purchased, etc. The "Last" choice is one they have recently discovered. Their "Everything" selection is some piece of music that is overarchingly significant to them. The theme song for this mini-interview item is "You're the First, the Last, My Everything" by Barry White.

Crisps on the radioEdit

In this feature the hosts attempt to identify the flavour of crisps in a blind tasting. Crisps and similar snacks are sent in to the programme by listeners from around the world. The feature is introduced by the song "On the Radio" by Donna Summer, with the shouted word "crisps" inserted before the key phrase sung by the artist.

Previous featuresEdit

The Miracle of Pick 'n' MixEdit

Every day on the Radio 2 show, Radcliffe and Maconie would take it in turns to choose a new track on the Pick 'n' Mix feature, usually by a less well known artist. At the end of the week listeners were encouraged to vote on the Radio 2 website for their favourite. The track with the most votes would then be played on every show the following week. After an impromptu moment on the show's Hadrians Wall tour, the feature was rechristened "The Miracle of Pick 'n' Mix".

Walking Outside BroadcastsEdit

Between 3 and 10 September 2009, the show was broadcast live from different locations along the Hadrian's Wall trail, as Radcliffe and Maconie walked between the Solway Firth, the BBC studios in Carlisle and Segedunum in Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne. In September 2010 Radcliffe and Maconie broadcast from locations along the Jurassic Coast including Exmouth, Weymouth, Lyme Regis and Sidmouth. They now, occasionally, refer to themselves as "The Beery Hikers", a play on The Hairy Bikers.

The Fleetwood Mac GameEdit

The winner of the Fleetwood Mac game will typically be announced during the first hour of the show. The myriad intricate rules have not been repeated in full since its inception in September 2014. On 16 October 2014 this was won by the music news presenter, SJ, marking the first time the winner had been related to the show or 6 Music.


  1. ^ "BBC Radio 6 Music on Twitter".
  2. ^ "Tenth Anniversary of Radcliffe and Maconie, Radcliffe and Maconie - BBC Radio 6 Music". BBC.
  3. ^ Savage, Mark (9 August 2018). "Lauren Laverne to present 6 Music breakfast show". BBC News. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  4. ^ Plunkett, John (1 February 2011). "Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie switch from Radio 2 to 6 Music". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Radio 2 DJ Mark Radcliffe to take break for cancer treatment". 4 October 2018. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  6. ^ "RadMac Christmas party, with a special visit from Mark". 21 December 2018. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Brave new dawn! With Black Mirror actor Will Poulter". 12 January 2019. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Blackout Crew – Put A Donk On It (Official Video)". YouTube. 27 June 2008. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Radcliffe and Maconie – The Chain". BBC 6 Music. 2014. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  10. ^ Ken Yau, Kenneth (2015). "The Chain". thechain.uk. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  11. ^ "1. Fleetwood Mac – The Chain". thechain.uk.

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