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29/07/2013 08:04 BST | Updated 28/09/2013 06:12 BST

BBC Presenter Andrew Marr Confirms September Return To 'The Andrew Marr Show' And 'Start The Week' On Radio 4, Following Stroke

Andrew Marr will be back in the presenting chair for his self-named show in the autumn, eight months after he suffered a massive stroke.

The 53-year-old presenter, who spent two months in hospital, and has spent many more undergoing physiotherapy to help him walk again, will return full-time to presenting duties from 1 September, the BBC have confirmed.

These will include helming 'The Andrew Marr Show' and presenting Radio 4's 'Start the Week'.

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Andrew Marr has been away for eight months, following his stroke in January

Marr told the BBC: "I'm hugely looking forward to coming back and want to give it my all but recovering from a stroke does take time.

'We've taken the decision to start with the Sunday show in the autumn and I'm delighted to be returning to present Start the Week on Radio 4 later on in the year.'

A Radio 4 spokesman said: 'Andrew is a fantastic presenter and we look forward to having him back on Radio 4.

'Meanwhile Start the Week will continue to be presented by Stephanie Flanders and a few other regulars.'

Marr previously revealed that doctors indicated to his wife Jackie he would not make it through, when he suffered a massive stroke in January.

The broadcaster told the Daily Mail: "Jackie was twice given the impression I was a goner."

Marr suffered two bleeds on the brain, resulting in impaired movement on his left hand side.

He puts it down to a heavy workload and vigorous exercise regime, as he collapsed after completing a particularly demanding session on his home rowing-machine.

At the time, Marr believed he was suffering from a migraine, and cooked his family a meal before going to bed. He reveals that he woke up the following morning, and had trouble moving. He told the Mail: "I looked in the mirror and saw the reflection of a slightly hostile, strange man with a downwards droop of his mouth. That was the moment when I realised I'd had a stroke."

He also pays tribute to the care of his wife, who has put her own career of journalist on hold to care for Marr at home. He says: "Jackie saved my life. Without her, I wouldn't be here."