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Andrew Marr very sorry for that ‘awful’ photo

19 September 2012

12:30 PM

19 September 2012

12:30 PM

So who was that woman with Andrew Marr in Soho? In tomorrow’s Spectator, he reveals all. Blaming ‘utter exhaustion’ from completing his new History of the World series after ‘two years, about two dozen countries, a blur and daze of airports, and hundreds of thousands of words’, Marr said he was celebrating ‘no doubt excessively’ when he ‘embraced a colleague too enthusiastically and was snapped – or papped – or whatever.’

Leaving his family home with a suitcase on the day the Sunday Mirror ran the pics was not the greatest PR move, but Marr tells this week’s magazine that he was off to the States rather than being booted out. ‘Although the US trip was interesting, it would have been rather more fun had I not been banging my head against every wall I passed, moaning ‘fool, fool, fool’. The symptoms of remorse, it turns out, are very much like flu.’

The former editor does not blame the press, but concedes: ‘The pictures looked awful. All my own fault. I’ve since being going about apologising, not least to my wife, for embarrassing all and sundry.’ His series he was shooting starts on Sunday – at the same time as Downton Abbey. Mr Steerpike wonders which channel Mrs Marr will be tuning in to.

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  • AY

    Marr is one of the most atrocious self-righteous BBC presenters, realy nauseous type.

    fondling this woman is the only his project known to me, that I could possibly appreciate (but certainly, only if teh woman liked it, and if his wife isn’t very angry).

  • Cortun

    Why do we care if this old baldie is sorry for having a grope? What has the Spectator come to under that other ageing Scottish would-be lothario, Brillo Pad?

  • http://twitter.com/JunkkMale Peter Martin

    ‘Blaming ‘utter exhaustion’’

    Be interesting to see if all those the BBC’s top market rate inquisitors hold to account try that one. And are allowed it.

    But one suspects it will somehow be ‘different’, uniquely.

    Questions are still asked, mind.

  • http://twitter.com/JunkkMale Peter Martin

    ‘Blaming ‘utter exhaustion’’

    Be interesting to see if all those the BBC’s top market rate inquisitors hold to account try that one. And are allowed it.

    But one suspects it will somehow be ‘different’, uniquely.

    Questions are still asked, mind.

  • WorthSaying

    Marr is a predator creeping around the darkened streets of the Babylonian cesspit that is London, looking for drunken colleagues half his age to grope in unine soaked doorways. He should be chained up in a Central American embassy.

    • Daniel Maris

      That’s a bit unfair – on Central American Embassies… LOL

      When Boris gets caught one feels sorry for him because he is such a jolly chap and it is painful to think of his fun being interrupted. When Marr gets caught no such empathy follows – because he is such a sanctimonious presence on our screens and because he does such a rotten impression of Churchill in his useless “Received Version” TV history series.

      • Cortun

        One of Boris’s attempted conquests told me that he ‘tries to laugh you into bed’. This bloke cannot only bore you into a pissy doorway.

        • Austin Barry

          Looking at Marr and you can only wonder at the remarkable generosity of women.

          • Eeyore

            Or desperation?

  • sandywinder

    “Mr Steerpike wonders which channel Mrs Marr will be tuning in to”.

    Not the one showing ‘Bottom’, I expect.

  • charles.ward

    Is “utter exhaustion” the same thing as being “tired and emotional”.

  • Barry

    I think someone should apologise for the awful photo at the head of this article.

  • http://twitter.com/stevesampson11 Steve Sampson

    spartum nactus es hanc exorna. cold musselburgh mornings makes a lad frisky.

  • http://twitter.com/BarryOblivion Barry Oblivion

    After all this time and thats _all_ he can come up with. huh? Did he enthusiastically grope all his male and female colleagues at this party or just this lucky lady?

  • skynine

    Trying to find his passport?

    • Anonymous Coward

      Looking for Gordon Brown?

  • bill smith

    This anonymous colunnist is harry cole of guido fawkes website. Just so you know Andrew.

  • Gerry Dorrian

    Why should Marr be sorry? He never took the photo! Let anybody who has never done anything they would be embarrassed to have photographed and distributed cast the first stone…

  • http://twitter.com/tomdaylight tomdaylight

    Still not explaining why his hand was down her trousers.

    • Matt W

      That’s obvious.

      Her knicker elastic snapped in the presence of the Great Presenter, and he was holding them up to save her embarrassment.

      Simples.

    • Cortun

      Looking for her purse.

    • Austin Barry

      Oh, come on, this is nearly always the initial movement of a back-alley knee-trembler.

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