The Andrew Marr Show
|The Andrew Marr Show|
The Andrew Marr Show titles September 2012-
|Also known as||Sunday AM (2005–2007)|
|Presented by||Andrew Marr
Naga Munchetty (Newsreader)
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Location(s)||Studio B, Broadcasting House, London|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original channel||BBC One|
|Picture format||576i (16:9 SDTV)
|Original run||11 September 2005– present|
|Preceded by||Breakfast with Frost|
The Andrew Marr Show is an hour-long British television programme broadcast on BBC One on Sunday mornings from 9am. It is presented by Andrew Marr, previously the BBC's Political Editor. The host interviews political figures and others involved in the current events of the week. It replaced the long-running Breakfast with Frost programme when David Frost decided to retire in 2005. The programme begins with a review of the Sunday papers, for which Marr is joined by two different guests each week. It also features a BBC News and BBC Weather update. The programme shares a studio with Sunday Politics, Newsnight and HARDtalk, BBC World News, GMT, Impact, Global and Focus On Africa.
The show was launched on 11 September 2005 as Sunday AM, but was renamed The Andrew Marr Show for the new series in September 2007. The editor is Barney Jones and the producers are Libby Jukes, Brian Hollywood and Catherine Elgonaid. The title sequence is a pastiche of the television series The Prisoner. The programme moved to Broadcasting House in September 2012.
The Andrew Marr Show usually features one Cabinet-level UK minister, a representative from the Opposition, one big-name non-political guest and two other celebrities or 'name' journalists as Sunday paper reviewers.
Since 2009, notable guests have included: Tom Jones, Dmitry Medvedev (President of Russia), Sting, Morgan Tsvangirai (Prime Minister of Zimbabwe), Jay-Z, Tony Hayward (The then CEO of BP), Bob Geldof, Anthony Hopkins, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Ban Ki-moon (UN Secretary-General), Michael Caine, Kevin Rudd (The then Prime Minister of Australia) and David Cameron (Prime Minister of the United Kingdom).
The Andrew Marr Show averages around 2 million viewers an episode, representing a 30% audience share.
Each year Marr is away for several weeks during the summer. In past years, the programme was replaced by News 24 Sunday, which was hosted by Peter Sissons. The programme had a similar format to The Andrew Marr Show, but was also broadcast on the BBC News Channel, and came from the channel's studio. 2008 onwards features a new arrangement with guest presenters through July and replaced in August by a BBC News bulletin.
2013 guest presenters
In January 2013, Marr suffered a stroke and was indefinitely replaced by guest presenters. Marr appeared as a guest on the show on 14 April to speak about Margaret Thatcher's legacy, and spoke about the incident and his recovery. Paralysis of the left side of his body was evident, but his speech was unaffected, and he expressed determination to return to the presenter's role. Marr conducted pre-recorded interviews with David Miliband and David Cameron for the editions of 14 and 21 July respectively, and is due to return to the main presenter's role after the series' summer break in September.
From January until June, there was no fixed cover presenter. The guest presenters who appeared included; Jeremy Vine, Sophie Raworth, James Landale, Eddie Mair, Sian Williams, Susanna Reid and Nick Robinson. From 9 June, Vine and Raworth became the regular presenters and began to alternate presenting duties each week. Vine presented the final programme before Marr's return on 28 July, confirming Marr's return for the new series on 1 September.
In September 2009 the BBC received hundreds of complaints over the questioning of Prime Minister Gordon Brown, after Andrew Marr questioned Brown on the health of his eyes, and whether he used prescription painkillers. The complaints came from viewers and MPs. Lord Mandelson criticised the question as being of 'personal intrusiveness'. The Editor of the show, Barney Jones, was forced to defend the questioning, responding to complaints, he said:
"We felt that with a general election looming and with former and current cabinet ministers warning of electoral defeat unless the party turned round its current position, a robust interview centred on the economy and the Prime Minister's leadership was appropriate. The former Home Secretary, Charles Clarke, suggested this month that health might be a reason for the Prime Minister to stand down and within the context of a long interview about policy it was reasonable also to ask Mr Brown about his health. The issue of his health and whether it affects his ability to perform the onerous job of leading the party and the country was pertinent, and has been raised with other Prime Ministers in the past."
The BBC responded to the complaints on 12 October 2009.
- "On the programme". The Andrew Marr Show. BBC News. 2010-06-20. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
- Rayner, Gordon (2013-01-10). "Andrew Marr recovering in hospital after suffering a stroke, BBC says". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
- Marr's questioning of PM defended BBC News, 3 October 2009
- The Andrew Marr Show, interview with Gordon Brown, BBC One, 27 September 2009 BBC Complaints, 12 October 2009