Kate Garraway: Finding Derek viewers were left in tears on Tuesday night as they showed their support for the ‘inspiring’ Good Morning Britain presenter, following her husband Derek Draper’s long fight with coronavirus.
The film focuses on Derek, 53, who remains in hospital after being admitted with coronavirus symptoms in March last year when he was put into an induced coma. He is the ‘sickest living person’ medical experts at his hospital have seen since the beginning of the pandemic.
Piers Morgan and Ben Shephard led tributes to Kate as the documentary aired. The film followed the Good Morning Britain host and her family’s experience during his illness, and saw her speaking to people suffering long Covid, NHS staff and other experts.
The new documentary also showed Derek breaking down in tears as he awoke from his coma for the first time in moving scenes, having awoke to a minimal state of consciousness in July.
Viewers were overcome with emotion while watching the show, praising Kate’s incredible courage during Draper’s illness.
Kate shared her family’s experiences of Derek illness in the new film (Picture: Rex)
‘Cannot stop the tears watching this. My heart breaks for them #FindingDerek @kategarraway is just incredible. Incredible,’ one wrote.
‘Kate Garraway is a massively strong person. Amazing,’ another said.
The film also saw Kate and Derek’s children Darcey, 14, and Billy, 11, talk about their father’s illness, with the film providing emotional viewing.
One scene sees her recall being told by Derek’s doctors that he was the most seriously ill person they had seen who remained alive, while another devastating moment sees him tell her that he can’t go on.
Kate says she decided to feature footage of Derek in his hospital bed in her new documentary because he would want his story to be told. She also detailed the moment he told her he couldn’t go on any longer.
‘Derek has devoted his life to mental health and good mental health,’ Kate said in the film. ‘He’s a psychotherapist and a psychologist. So I feel like he would want his journey to be told.’
Kate clarified that she has no plans to quit Good Morning Britain to look after Derek once he returns home, after fearing she would have to become his primary carer.
Kate Garraway Finding Derek is available to watch on ITV Hub.