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Andrew Marr to return to BBC full-time in autumn

Broadcaster Andrew Marr will return full-time to his presenting duties in the autumn following his recovery from a major stroke, the BBC confirmed today.

Andrew Marr suffered a major stroke in January Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

The 53-year-old, who spent two months in hospital and has undergone months of physiotherapy to help him walk, takes up the helm again on BBC One's Andrew Marr Show from 1 September and will also return to Radio 4's Start the Week later in the year.

Marr said: "I'm hugely looking forward to coming back and want to give it my all but recovering from a stroke does take time."

Marr pays tribute to his wife after stroke ordeal

Broadcaster Andrew Marr has paid tribute to his wife for "saving" his life after he suffered a stroke following an intensive workout on a rowing machine.

Six months after undergoing life-saving treatment, Marr told the Daily Mail:

"Jackie saved my life. Without her, I wouldn't be here. It's partly because she fought for me; she was my tireless advocate in the hospital to get the right treatment".

Andrew Marr suffered a major stroke in January Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Marr also said that the experience had brought them "more closely together."

He also acknowledged that he had been overworking and doing too much before his stroke.

"I was trying to do all the physical things I could do when I was 20 years younger - refusing to accept I was now 53 years old".

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Andrew Marr returns to TV after stroke

BBC presenter Andrew Marr has made his first television appearance since suffering a stroke three and a half months ago.

Mr Marr told viewers of his Sunday morning current affairs show that he was "frankly lucky to be alive" after what he had been through.

He said that walking was still difficult and his left arm "isn't much good yet" but his voice and memory were unimpaired.

Andrew Marr has returned to TV this morning. Credit: BBC / Andrew Marr Show

Mr Marr pre-recorded interviews with the Conservative former Cabinet minister Lord Parkinson and the Labour peer Baroness Kennedy yesterday at Broadcasting House.

The live section of the programme continues to be hosted by guest presenters, with news reader Sophie Raworth standing in today.

Andrew Marr leaves hospital after suffering stroke

Broadcaster Andrew Marr has left hospital almost two months after suffering a stroke.

The BBC said the presenter, who was taken ill on January 8, will continue his rehabilitation at home and is expected to return to work later this year.

A spokeswoman for the corporation said, "Andrew Marr left hospital earlier on today and continues his rehabilitation at home with his family".

BBC broadcaster Andrew Marr has left hospital after suffering a stroke. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

"He says thank you to all the wonderful nurses, doctors and physiotherapists at Charing Cross Hospital who have looked after him so well", she continued. "He is looking forward to a new regime of physio at home as he prepares for his return to work later this year".

Marr and his family hope people will allow him to "recover privately", the spokeswoman added.

BBC: Andrew Marr continues to 'make good progress'

Andrew Marr is continuing to make good progress and is working on his physiotherapy with his customary determination.

The Marr/Ashley family would like to thank everyone for the fantastic support they have received in terms of cards, emails, texts, tweets, flowers, etc.

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

– bbc spokeswoman

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Andrew Marr Show wishes eponymous presenter a 'speedy recovery'

The Andrew Marr Show opened with the following statement wishing the programme's presenter a speedy recovery.

BBC News' deputy political editor, James Landale, is standing in for Andrew Marr who is recovering from a stroke.

Hello and good morning. It would of course be a better morning if Andrew were here and not me, but I'm keeping the chair warm while he is away getting better.

We all look forward to his speedy recovery and wish him and his family well and all the best in the meantime.

– James Landale

BBC's Andrew Marr conscious following stroke

Presenter Andrew Marr is conscious and "responding to medication" following a stroke, the BBC has said.

BBC presenter Andrew Marr was taken to hospital on Tuesday following a stroke Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Marr, who hosts The Andrew Marr Show and Radio 4’s Start The Week, became ill on Tuesday and was rushed to hospital, where he is "continuing to progress".

Around 150,000 Britons a year suffer stroke

Around 150,000 people have a stroke each year in the UK with about a quarter of these in people of working age, according to the Stroke Association.

Its director of communications, Joe Korner, said:

We are deeply saddened to hear about Andrew Marr's stroke and our thoughts are with him and his family at this hard time.

A stroke happens in an instant but the effects can often last a lifetime.

However with the right care and support it is possible to make a recovery and return to a life after stroke.

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