Andrew Marr replaced on BBC’s prime time Sunday politics show for tragic reason

ANDREW MARR has just announced that he will not be hosting his Sunday morning politics show this weekend as his father has sadly passed away.

The BBC presenter, who usually hosts the Andrew Marr Show every Sunday morning, announced the sad news on Twitter this evening. He said his colleague Nick Robinson will be standing in for him this Sunday.

Andrew Marr wrote on Twitter: “Good luck and thanks Nick Robinson for taking over Sundays show.

“My lovely dad has just died and I am out of action.”

His father, Donald Marr, was an investment trust manager from Glasgow.

The presenter was flooded with well wishes and messages of condolences from colleagues and other social media users.

BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty said: “Sending love and condolences x.”

Julia Hartley-Brewer, TalkRadio breakfast host, wrote: “I’m so sorry Andrew. My condolences. X”

Deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner said: “So sorry to hear the news about yr dad, sending my deepest condolences to you and the family x.”

Lord Chris Rennard, a Lib Dem peer, said: “Sorry to hear your very sad news, condolences to your family and his friends.”

A fan of Mr Marr wrote a touching comment and said his father would be proud of what he has achieved, they said: “Andrew, I am so saddened for your loss.

“I am so sorry and send all my condolences.

“Im glad your father was alive to see his son become a man who so many people regard so highly, for all the right reasons. He still lives in you x.”

The Andrew Marr Show first aired in September 2005, under its former name of Sunday AM.

But two years later the programme was renamed The Andrew Marr Show and has become a prime time Sunday morning show.

During the show Mr Marr interviews key political figures each week and also reviews the morning’s papers and gives a brief news bulletin.

Guest presenters have previously included: Huw Edwards, Emily Maitlis, Mishal Husain and Fiona Bruce.

But Mr Robinson is due to stand in for Mr Marr this weekend, with the BBC presenter previously hosting shows such as the Today Programme on BBC Radio 4, The Daily Politics and Newsnight.

Jonathan Ashworth, Professor Peter Piot, Sir Ian Diamond, Kristin Scott Thomas and Sir Nicholas Hytner are due to appear on the show this Sunday.