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BBC's Andrew Marr
By Andrew Marr
Presenter, The Andrew Marr Show

When Andrew Marr's new show started, back in september 2005, Andrew wrote:

SUNDAY AM
BBC's Andrew Marr
Presented by Andrew Marr
Commenced Sunday, 11 September, 2005
BBC One, 0900 BST
There are lots of ways for television people to make fools of themselves.

Few are as quick or sure as predicting great success for shows that have not yet been broadcast.

I hope "The Andrew Marr Show" finds its place in the BBC One's firmament, as Breakfast with Frost did.

I think it will. But most parts of my anatomy that can be crossed, are.

Why foul up a winning format?

The basic structure of a Sunday morning interview programme, mingling politicians with people from the worlds of film, music, sport and so on, plus a really good paper review, is far too successful to junk.

We have a new title, an opening sequence which is a gentle spoof on Sixties television, a new tune and a new set, which could perhaps be described as café-bar chic
People who watched Sir David and his famous canary-yellow sofa will find the rhythm of "The Andrew Marr Show" easy on the eye.

There are senior ministers, leaders of opposition parties, musicians and writers, interviewed quickly or at length.

The papers will be reviewed by a mix of journalists, including Fleet Street editors, and other public figures.

The programme is edited by Barney Jones, Libby Jukes and Brian Hollywood. The same team who produced the award winning Frost programme.

So far, so familiar. The rest is not.

Speaking differently

We have a new title, an opening sequence which is a gentle spoof on Sixties television, a new tune and a new set, which could perhaps be described as café-bar chic.

I am not Sir David, so the tone of the show is different.

I do not have his amazing media hinterland behind me, or his contacts with the great and good in America as well as Britain. (He, remember, was a huge television star as a very young man.)

I want the interviews to be enjoyable to watch, and to really shed some light
I am probably not as nice and, oh yes, compared to Frostie, I am a sports moron.

That said, after 25 years of covering Westminster politics in different ways, I feel well-prepared for this.

With the radio background of Start the Week, plus arts and ideas documentaries before that, I know a wide spectrum of writers, thinkers, poets and scientists too.

I want the interviews to be enjoyable to watch, and to really shed some light.

Easy to say, harder to do: so many politicians have armoured themselves, perhaps swaddled is a better word, in bland language and natural caution.

I will try to set out my own thoughts about the way the week has gone. Which stories really mattered, which comments struck me, and perhaps some of the things that have not been properly noticed
For them too often, an interview has become something to survive, to "get through" without a gaffe, rather than a chance to communicate with millions of interested, grown-up voters.

Knowing a lot of politicians and observing the gap between their private selves, often funny and thought-provoking, and their buttoned-lip public faces, I find this frustrating.

It cannot be good for parliamentary politics.

No interviewer or programme can force a politician to speak differently. But I hope "The Andrew Marr Show" will at least offer a platform for some who want to try that experiment.

After all, I am a gentle, herbivorous, woodland creature, the reverse of intimidating.

'Fresh thoughts'

Finally, as I ramble around the new set, I will try to set out my own thoughts about the way the week has gone. Which stories really mattered, which comments struck me, and perhaps some of the things that have not been properly noticed.

Sunday newspapers can at their best be a glorious part of civilised life, as essential as coffee, full of fresh thoughts, freshly expressed, and unexpected facts.

Television is a different medium.

But we are thinking of "The Andrew Marr Show" as the nearest you will get to a good newspaper, happening live in a studio.

We have space on the web site for comments from viewers.

Let us know, for good or ill, what you think.

The Andrew Marr Show is broadcast most Sundays in the year at 09.00 GMT on BBC One.

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