My wife, Debbie. She is a remarkable woman. Wise and witty. I cannot believe my luck to have found her. Many years ago, I was the opening act at Stockholm’s first comedy club in Sweden. In those days I had a solid 20 minutes that always worked in the UK. The Swedes speak excellent English, so I thought it would be fine. I did 20 minutes to complete silence followed by raucous applause. I asked the organiser why no one laughed and she replied “We didn’t like to interrupt”.
Toksvig takes the first of her new guests on an Extraordinary Escape to Devon. Plus, more from The Dog House. Here’s what to watch this evening
Last year, Sandi Toksvig achieved something she’s wanted to for most of her adult life: she left behind the hustle and bustle of the city for a move to the country. “I have never been happier,” she says emphatically, as she enthuses about walking in woodlands and the nature that’s now right on her doorstep: mice, bats, “all manner of birds” and more.
Sandi Toksvig is sitting in her well-appointed ‘woman shed’. One would expect no less from a writing and performing machine so formidably organised that she is concurrently at work on her 22nd and 23rd books, finessing her script for an immersive Abba dining experience at the 02 and planning her UK tour, which starts next April.
Sandi Toksvig on the human brain, one-size-fits-all education, and why we really shouldn’t judge people instantly
“The number one killer of men worldwide aged 15 to 45 is stupidity,” jokes Sandi Toksvig a sentence accompanied by a mischievous grin. A brief, comical respite from our fact-driven conversation about the human brain, the former Great British Bake Off and QI presenter, comedian and writer has been waxing lyrical about grey matter for more than a quarter of an hour.
Sandi Toksvig takes us on a tour of Britain’s best holiday spots, with celebrity guests in tow, in this four-part series. Tonight, she is joined by actor Alison Steadman, at a 19th-century Martello tower in Suffolk. They take in some cloud-watching on the heritage coast before heading to a converted priory deep in the countryside, where Toksvig quizzes Steadman on her acting career and hobby of fungi-spotting. Ammar Kalia.
Distributor All3Media International has secured the sales rights to UK broadcaster Channel 4’s forthcoming travelogue series Extraordinary Escapes with Sandi Toksvig. Produced by UK indie Tuesday’s Child, Extraordinary Escapes with Sandi Toksvig will premiere on C4 tomorrow. The four-part primetime series sees comedian and broadcaster Toksvig (QI) join some of...