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Jeremy Vine and Sophie Raworth to host Andrew Marr show

(L) Jeremy Vine and Sophie Raworth
Image caption Vine hosts a lunchtime radio show

Radio 2's Jeremy Vine and newsreader Sophie Raworth will host the Andrew Marr Show as the BBC presenter recovers from a stroke, the BBC has confirmed.

Marr, 53, has been in hospital since taking ill last Tuesday.

Former Newsnight presenter Vine will front the BBC One show on Sunday 20 January, with Raworth stepping in on 27 January.

Political journalist James Landale hosted last weekend. The BBC said Marr "is continuing to make progress".

A statement said he "is working on his physiotherapy with his customary determination".

It added the presenter's "family would like to thank everyone for the fantastic support they have received in terms of cards, e-mails, texts, tweets, flowers, etc."

"They would like to repeat their request for Andrew's privacy to be respected while he recovers."

Marr, 53, began his career in journalism on The Scotsman newspaper and joined the BBC as political editor in May 2000.

His sudden illness prompted messages of support from his colleagues and public figures including Labour leader Ed Miliband who tweeted: "My thoughts are with Andrew and his family. Hope he gets well soon."

Vine himself said: "Thinking of my friend Andrew Marr and hoping he gets better soon."

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