Sandi Toksvig


“I think if I had a word running through me like a stick of rock it would probably be ‘radio’. It might even be two words – ‘BBC Radio’.

My parents met at the BBC World Service in London’s Bush House in the early 1950’s. My father, Claus Toksvig, had arrived from his native Copenhagen to train for Danish Radio. My mother had managed to work her way up from being a secretary at the BBC to being one of the first female studio managers. She put broadcasters on the air and my father was one of the broadcasters. He became a famous voice on Danish Radio and all through my childhood I remember learning to be quiet as Dad broadcast live from his study during one of our “foreign” postings.

My first BBC radio appearance was on Radio 4’s Loose Ends with the wonderful Ned Sherrin where I pleased him hugely by getting a review in a motorcycle magazine after I did a report on a heavy leather show from Earl’s Court. He called me Studs Toksvig after that. Much of my broadcasting since has been on Radio 4 although I did have three years at the London talk station, LBC, hosting my own daily two-hour show which I loved. We had no money and no records to play and still managed to fill the time enjoyably. I presented the Radio 4 travel programme Excess Baggage for many years and now host the satirical and sometimes controversial News Quiz.