Andrew Marr Biography
TV presenter, political editor, newspaper editor

A lifelong political commentator, Andrew is an award-winning journalist who has written for The Economist, edited The Independent (1996–98), been political editor of BBC News (2000–05) and, today, hosts The Andrew Marr Show (formerly Sunday AM) (2005-present).
An aficionado of political history, Andrew has presented BBC programmes covering the History of Modern Britain, the Making of the World and Queen Elizabeth.
He has ‘interviewed’ everyone from Prime Ministers to Presidents, from Blair to Putin. In fact, Sunday mornings wouldn’t be Sunday mornings without Andrew’s devilish grin, quick wit and piercing questions waiting to skewer the over-confident politician; like a ‘smiling assassin’.
His longevity and respect across all political parties, can be attributed to his belief that reporters should remain impartial and "studiously neutral" whilst delivering news reports and "convey fact, and nothing more".

Career Highlights

BBC Political editor 2000-2005
Marr was appointed BBC political editor in May 2000, his personal scoops include the second resignation of Peter Mandelson and the interview in late 2004 in which Tony Blair told him that he would not seek a fourth term as prime minister.

BBC Programmes 2005–present
In September 2005, he began presenting the BBC's Sunday morning flagship news programme Sunday AM, now known as The Andrew Marr Show.
2007 presented Andrew Marr's History of Modern Britain a series of five one-hour documentaries chronicling the history of Britain from 1945 to 2007.
2008 presented the prime time BBC One series Britain From Above.
2009 presented Darwin's Dangerous Idea to the BBC Darwin Season, celebrating the bicentenary of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his theory of evolution.
2009 presented Andrew Marr's The Making of Modern Britain, six-part TV series on British politics in the first half of the 20th century.
2012 presented Queen Elizabeth, three-part TV series looking at the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II in the run-up to the main celebrations of her Diamond Jubilee.
2012 presented Andrew Marr's History of the World, an eight-part series on BBC One entitled in conjunction with the Open University.
2013 narrated Margaret Thatcher: Prime Minister, a memorial documentary.

Personal Insights: Q&A with Andrew Marr

Which living person do you most admire, and why?
Probably David Hockney, for achieving a perfect balance of life and work; for making great pictures; being charitable; and remaining bloody-minded.

What has been your most embarrassing moment?
Nipping out of a hotel room to pick up the morning paper, naked, and finding the door had locked shut. I should point out this happened at a party conference and the hotel was rancid with politicos and hacks.

What is your most treasured possession?
What's left of my hairline.

Who would play you in the film of your life?
Martin Clunes (but he'd have to lose a few pounds).

What is your favourite book?
War And Peace.

What is the worst thing anyone's ever said to you?
"Hi, Jeremy."

Have you ever said, "I love you" and not meant it?
Only to bosses.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Frankly. A bunch. And mostly.

What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
Better knees: I have been a lifelong runner, but have just had to quit.

The Guardian, September 2012

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