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Arthur-Hay was born Antoinette Alice Priscilla Wilson in Oxford, England. She was educated at Mary Datchelor's Girls School in Camberwell and the Royal Academy of Music. She is most popularly remembered as one of the presenters of the children's programmes Play School and Play Away alongside Brian Cant. She also presented Woman's Hour, TV-am's breakfast show and many other programmes.
She married the singer and storyteller Dave Arthur in 1963. They had two children Jonathan and Timothy. With her husband, she released several folk music albums in the late 1960s and early 1970s, including Morning Stands on Tiptoe (1967). However the couple later separated in 1977. Alongside her music and TV work Toni has written several plays and books. In 2003 she directed a play by Adrian Poynton based on the life of Graham Chapman entitled A Very Naughty Boy, which won a Fringe First prize at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
- Abbott, Kingsley (December 2009). Dave & Toni Arthur - Morning Stands on Tiptoe - Album Review. In Lewis, Alan; Draper, Jason. "Album Reviews". Record Collector (London: Diamond Publishing) (369): 92. Retrieved 20 April 2010.