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Sandi Toksvig

Kirsty Young talks to Sandi Toksvig, comedian, writer, broadcaster and political activist.

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is Sandi Toksvig.

Host of BBC Radio 4's News Quiz until June 2015, she is also a writer and comedian and recently entered the world of politics, helping to found the Women's Equality Party.

Her parents were both broadcasters: her mother worked as a studio manager and announcer before she married, her Danish father's job as a foreign correspondent took the family around the world. Sandi and her siblings spent much of their childhood in the United States and when she was "asked to leave" yet another American school, her parents sent her to boarding school in England. She soon decided to lose her strong American accent and went on to Cambridge, where she performed in the Footlights.

In addition to writing, her most recent acting role was in Call the Midwife and she continues to appear regularly on TV and radio shows as a panelist: she is to start as the next host of QI, taking over from Stephen Fry. She's also Chancellor of Portsmouth University.

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35 minutes

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Fri 4 Dec 2015 09:00

Music Played

  • Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor & Debbie Reynolds

    Good Morning

    • Singing In The Rain Original Soundtrack.
    • PREMIER.
  • Joe Nichols

    What’s a Guy Gotta Do

    • Greatest Hits.
    • Show Dog-Universal Music.
  • Gustav Winckler

    Vi Ønsker Jer Alle En Glædelig Jul

    • White Christmas.
    • Polydor Associated Labels.
  • Stephen Schwartz

    Magic to Do

    Performer: Patina Miller & The Players.
    • Pippin, New Broadway Cast Recording featuring Patina Miller.
    • Ghostlight Records.
  • The Weather Girls

    It’s Raining Men

    • The Weather Girls, It’s Raining Men.
  • Barbra Streisand

    Don’t Rain on my Parade

    • Funny Girl Original Sountrack.
  • Florence Price

    Symphony in E minor, 3rd movement

    Performer: New Black Music Repertory Ensemble.
    • Concerto in One Movement/Symphony in E Minor.
    • Albany Records.
  • Bonnie Langford

    Such Modest Dreams

    • Jazz at the Theatre.
    • K-Tel.

    The Ashley Book of Knots


    And endless supply of the Daily Mail


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Sandi Toksvig
Producer Cathy Drysdale


  • Sun 29 Nov 2015 11:15
  • Fri 4 Dec 2015 09:00

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