Andrew Marr: I won’t recover from stroke for at least two years

The presenter, who suffered a stroke in January, reveals the long road to recovery that lies ahead of him

Andrew Marr says it will be another two years before he can say he has recovered from his stroke.


The presenter, who suffered a stroke in January this year, tells this week’s Radio Times that he is not out of the woods yet, despite returning to work on his BBC1 political programme The Andrew Marr Show.

“I thought I’d bounce back in a couple of months. I was lying in bed completely delusional about how ill I was, and [my wife] Jackie was very good, she didn’t tell me,” he reveals in tomorrow’s magazine.

“She kept saying, ‘Yes, dear, you’ll get to go to St Petersburg in March, I’m sure it’s going to be fine,’ knowing perfectly well that it wouldn’t. So it took quite a long time for it to sink in just how long it would be. I’ve got another two years before I’ve made a recovery.”

Marr says his experience has also made him more aware of other people’s disabilities and more empathetic about the difficulties they and their carers experience.

“You definitely see the world differently, actually, that is true,” he says. “You move more slowly. You suck up experiences more intensely and you live the day more. And you’re much more aware of all the people all around us who have got really, really difficult disabilities who are looking after their parents, perhaps, and who frankly most of the time, like most people, I simply didn’t see. I wasn’t thinking about them. That has changed. I do see them now, I do think about it.”

Andrew Marr is planning a return to Radio 4 show Start the Week in January, understands.



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