Andrew Marr to return to Radio 4’s Start the Week next week ten months after his stroke

The presenter will resume his duties on the flagship Radio 4 series for a one-off programme about the poet George Herbert

Andrew Marr is returning to the Start the Week chair next Monday for a one-off programme about the poet George Herbert.


Marr, who has not fronted the show since his near-fatal stroke in January, is understood to have been keen to return to present the topical discussion focusing on the work of the 17th-century religious poet whom he has been reading during his recuperation.

The show will feature Herbert’s latest biographer John Drury alongside the composer Sir John Tavener and the writer Jeanette Winterson, who will discuss prayer in a secular age and the “power of music and words to soothe the soul”.

Radio 4 is not commenting on specific timings of Marr’s return to front further episodes, but a spokeswoman said that the station’s staff were “looking forward to him coming back to present Start the Week in due course”.

The spokeswoman added: “It’s fantastic that Andrew will present this episode of Start the Week and we hope that our listeners will hear him back on the show again soon.”

The spokeswoman confirmed that regular presenters such as Tom Sutcliffe and Anne McElvoy will continue to host the programme until the situation is resolved.


Earlier this year Marr returned to presenting his Sunday morning BBC1 political show.