Andrew Marr to return for Sunday's show
Nine months after suffering a stroke, Andrew Marr will return to present his morning political programme this Sunday.
The 54 year-old spent weeks in hospital after the stroke and has since been following an intense programme of physiotherapy to help him to walk again.
'We're absolutely delighted Andrew will be back this Sunday,' editor Barney Jones tells Ariel. 'The system of guest presenters worked well while he was away and both viewing figures and response to the programme have held up. But it is the Andrew Marr Show and we can't wait to have him back.'
Jeremy Vine and Sophie Raworth were among those who stood in for Marr during his absence.
End Quote Barney Jones Editor, The Andrew Marr Show
It is the Andrew Marr Show and we can't wait to have him back”
The viewers' comments page of the programme's website is peppered with welcome back messages and Jones says his presenter is 'keen as mustard' to return.Up to the job
'He's champing at the bit,' he says. 'We'll go carefully and make sure we don't over-exert him, but he's definitely up to the task.'
Marr issued a statement in which he says he's looking forward to presenting the programme again, while acknowledging that recovering from a stroke takes time. During his recovery he appeared as a guest on the show, telling viewers he was lucky to be alive.
In newspaper interviews Marr has praised the level of care he received in the NHS while in hospital, but he and his wife (journalist Jackie Ashley who looked after him during his recovery) have called for more support for the millions of people in the UK who are tasked with combining jobs and caring roles.
The presenter will be returning to Start the Week on Radio 4 later in the year.
The Andrew Marr Show is on Sunday September 1 on BBC One at 0900.