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The Andrew Marr Show
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The Andrew Marr Show titles (since 2007)
Also known as Sunday AM (2005–2007)
Genre Politics
Presented by Andrew Marr
Country of origin United Kingdom
Production
Producer(s) BBC News
Running time 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel BBC One
Original run 11 September 2005 (2005-09-11) – present
Chronology
Preceded by Breakfast with Frost

The Andrew Marr Show is an hour long television programme broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC One on Sunday mornings from 9am. It is presented by Andrew Marr, previously Political Editor for the BBC. The format of the programme involves the host interviewing political figures and those 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, with Marr being joined by two different guests during the week. It also features a BBC News and BBC Weather update. The programme shares a studio with The Politics Show and is edited by Barney Jones.

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 title sequence is a pastiche of that of The Prisoner.

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Summer

Each year the programme is off air for several weeks during the summer. In past years, it was replaced by News 24 Sunday, which was hosted by Peter Sissons, though in 2008 Huw Edwards filled this role. 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. During 2009, the show was presented by relief presenters - Stephanie Flanders, BBC Economics Editor, and news presenters, Sophie Raworth and Huw Edwards. The show was off air for 3 weeks during the summer.

Controversy

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.[1] The complaints came from viewers and MP's. Lord Mandelson criticsed the question as being of 'personal intrusiveness'.[2] 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.[3]

The BBC responded to complaints on the 1 October 2009.

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