As a mere consumer of broadcasting, I wonder about the wisdom of explicitly linking a television series to a particular individual. Of course, there are numerous precedents for doing so: Parkinson and Breakfast with Frost, The Andrew Marr Show’s predecessor, for example. But Newsnight, Panorama and numerous others soldier on, their presenters having come and gone over the years. Perhaps it needs a very high profile presenter to pull in top rank politicians and entertainment personalities for a programme starting at 9 am on a Sunday and get an audience of two million. It also demands a very able and personable interviewer to cover both types of interviewee in succession. I can’t imagine any other programme finishing up with David Cameron on a sofa next to Rupert Everett as The Andrew Marr Show did on 6 January (below, the impressionist Rory Bremner is at far left).
UPDATE 16 January
From the London Evening Standard on 15 January Londoner’s Diary feature:
Things are looking better for Andrew Marr, the Londoner is happy to report. A senior Radio 4 colleague tells me he is sitting up in bed eating and, more importantly, hungry for news from the outside. Apparently he has even asked his radio colleagues to get him some DVDs [sic] of Radio 4 output, and one of his requests was for the Desert Island Discs recording of philosopher Isaiah Berlin, made in March 1992.
… Adds a Radio 4 colleague: “We very much hope to be welcoming Andy back to the airwaves — we think it may well happen now.”
UPDATE 1 March
The BBC have reported that Andrew Marr has left hospital to continue his rehabilitation at home and is expected to return to work later this year.
UPDATE 14 April
Andrew Marr appeared on The Andrew Marr Show this morning as a guest in a pre-recorded segment discussing the Thatcher legacy and his stroke and subsequent rehabilitation.