The Andrew Marr Show will go on as the presenter recovers from a stroke, with three of his BBC colleagues set to step into the breach on his Sunday morning politics programme.
James Landale, BBC News deputy political editor, will host this Sunday's show, with Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine and newsreader Sophie Raworth to provide cover for the following two weeks.
Marr, 53, was hospitalised on Wednesday after suffering a stroke. He is said to be conscious and able to speak – indicators that he could make a good recovery – and is “responding to treatment”, according to doctors.
A lifelong distance runner, Marr has admitted to "a few years of hard drinking and smoking" at the beginning of his career as a journalist. After suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon in 2006, he wrote that "medically, in the great run of things I'm a lucky sod... there are enough cancers, strokes and heart attacks around for us to keep our sympathy focused there".
A former BBC political editor and editor of The Independent newspaper, Marr is also an author and recently presented BBC1 series on the life and reign of the Queen and the history of the world.
Following the news of his illness, Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee called Marr a "renaissance man, polymath, wise commentator, painter, runner, brilliant cook – and ace editor."