Kate Garraway news – Susanna Reid calls Kate 'a miracle worker' on GMB return after ITV covid doc about husband Derek

KATE Garraway has said the response to her documentary has been "overwhelming".

Speaking to her friend and colleague, Susanna Reid shared that the programme had been “inundated with love and support for you”.

Kate replied: “It’s been absolutely overwhelming in a really wonderful way.

“It was a difficult decision to think about filming it, but I hoped it would be useful. The reaction’s been extraordinary.”

Susanna called Kate a "miracle worker" as she returned to Good Morning Britain for the first time since Finding Derek.

Kate's documentary, which aired on Tuesday night and told the heartbreaking story of her husband's battle with Covid and life-threatening complications.

Susanna was full of praise for her friend and co-star, telling her: "You’re a miracle worker, and you keep smiling."

Read our live blog below for the latest Kate Garraway and Derek Draper updates…

  • Jon Rogers

    FINDING DEREK IS A RATINGS HIT

    Finding Derek was a ratings hit with the viewers as 4.5million people tuned in.

    The heartbreaking 60-minute documentary gained a peak audience of 4.7m, equating to a 24 per cent share of all TV viewers at the time.

    It was the most watched TV show in the 9pm slot on Tuesday.

    It was ITV's biggest single documentary audience since The Queen’s Green Planet, featuring the Queen and Sir David Attenborough, in 2018.

  • Jon Rogers

    KATE ADMITS HUSBAND HAS 'CHALLENGING FORTNIGHT' AHEAD

    Derek Draper faces a "challenging fortnight," Kate Garraway has admitted.

    The Good Morning Britain presenter told viewers: "The battle for Derek goes on. He's got a challenging week this week and next.

    "And that's how we're all feeling, we are feeling like the battle goes on."

  • Jon Rogers

    KATE CALLED 'MIRACLE WORKER'

    Susanna Reid called Kate Garraway a "miracle worker" as she returned to Good Morning Britain for the first time since Finding Derek.

    Kate's documentary, which aired on Tuesday night and told the heartbreaking story of her husband's battle with Covid and life-threatening complications.

    Susanna was full of praise for her friend and co-star, telling her: "You’re a miracle worker, and you keep smiling."

    Read the full story here.

    Kate Garraway was called a 'miracle worker'

     

  • Jon Rogers

    REACTION TO DOCUMENTARY IS 'OVERWHELMING' SAYS KATE

    Kate Garraway said the response to her documentary has been "overwhelming".

    Speaking to her friend and colleague, Susanna Reid shared that the programme had been “inundated with love and support for you”.

    Kate replied: “It’s been absolutely overwhelming in a really wonderful way.

    “It was a difficult decision to think about filming it, but I hoped it would be useful. The reaction’s been extraordinary.”

  • Jon Rogers

    'CHALLENGE CONTINUES' FOR KATE'S HUSBAND DEREK

    Kate Garraway has said the "challenge continues" for her husband Derek Draper as he continues to battle the long-term effects of the coronavirus.

    "Once the documentary goes out in parts, the situation doesn’t change does it, so the battle for Derek goes on and he’s got a challenging week this week and next," she told audiences.

    "Yesterday I was feeling [overwhelmed] and that’s what I think we’re all feeling, aren’t we? We’re all feeling like the battle goes on."

     

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    HOW CAN I WATCH KATE'S DOCUMENTARY?

    Kate Garraway: Finding Derek is available to watch NOW on ITV Hub.

    It originally aired on ITV on March 24, 2021.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    'MY DEREK'

    Good Morning Britain's Kate Garraway admitted she might get a 'different' husband back from hospital.

    As Derek slowly recovers from many illnesses, Kate reflected on how different he might be whenever he makes it home, both because his time in hospital will have affected his mental health and because Covid may have impacted his cognitive ability.

    "There's been times where I've thought: 'Am I actually grieving for the person I'm married to or am I fighting to hold onto that person?'," Kate said in the documentary.

    When asked how she would cope if he's "not her Derek" once he is out of hospital, she admitted things would probably not go back to normal.

    "Well, he is still Derek, he is still him… he is still that person that you love, but he will behave differently and will be physically different," Kate explained.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    TO DO LIST

    Kate Garraway says she won't throw away her husband Derek Draper's handwritten notes in case he "never writes again".

    The Good Morning Britain presenter moved viewers to tears last night as she gave an insight into her family's devastating battle with coronavirus for an ITV documentary, Finding Derek.

    Letting cameras inside her home, Kate showed how she's dealing with life as a single parent while Derek is in intensive care.

    She admitted being scared to move his things in the house – or wipe down a whiteboard that Derek had written a list of jobs he had to do.

    “I couldn’t get rid of it," said an emotional Kate.

    "It’s got his handwriting on it and I don’t know if I’ll see it again."

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    CONTINUED

    GMB co-star Charlotte Hawkins wrote: "Thinking of my lovely friend @kategarraway tonight with her documentary #FindingDerek on @ITV at 9pm."

    "It's so heartbreaking, we're all just praying Derek will find a way back. Please watch & send love to Kate & her family."

    Lorraine Kelly wrote: "Heartbreaking but such courage, humanity and strength @kategarraway – you are incredible! #FindingDerek"

    Ben Shephard – who also appeared in the documentary – he tweeted: "So proud of my friend @kategarraway she continues to surprise, delight, occasionally infuriate but always inspire me.

    "Thinking of Kate, her family and anyone who is battling Covid or has lost someone close to them to the virus #FindingDerek"

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    PIERS MORGAN AND ALISON HAMMOND LEAD CELEBS PAYING TRIBUTE TO 'BRAVE' KATE

    Piers Morgan and Alison Hammond lead the celebrities paying tribute to "brave" and "inspirational" Kate Garraway.

    The Good Morning Britain presenter, 53, debuted her heartbreaking documentary about Derek's Covid battle last night.

    Now Kate's friends and co-stars have spoken out in support – calling her "inspiring".

    Piers Morgan wrote on Twitter: "This is heart-breaking #FindingDerek @kategarraway"

    This Morning's Alison Hammond wrote: "This is heartbreaking but also so inspiring #FindingDerek How amazing is @kategarraway @ITV."

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    CONTINUED

    However, there could be difficult times ahead as lockdown restrictions are eased, warns Clare.

    She said: "While she's obviously delighted that it seems we may be beating this virus in some way and deaths and cases are dropping, the lifting of lockdown and things opening up will be a constant reminder that life is moving on and things are getting better – but not for her."

    But Clare, along with Kate's GMB co-star Ben Shephard, has vowed to do all she can to help once she's allowed to visit Kate's home.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    'HOPE DRIVES HER'

    Kate Garraway has gone through "the darkest time" but still considers herself lucky that her ill husband Derek is alive, says her best friend Clare Nasir.

    GMB star Kate has endured a hellish year after Derek was struck down by coronavirus last March, and subsequent complications left him in a coma.

    But through it all Kate has impressed her friends with her resolve and positivity.

    Speaking to Closer, meteorologist Clare said: "Kate doesn't think of the negatives of how unlucky her situation is – she more thinks, 'wow, he's survived when so many haven't…

    "These last few months have been some of the darkest times for Kate but, incredibly, she's stayed so strong and positive – hope is what drives her through."

  • Sarah Grealish

    HOW DID KATE BECOME FAMOUS?

    Kate began her TV career in the 90s working as a reporter for ITV’s Meridian, ITV News Central and BBC News 24.

    She made the switch to mainstream TV and became a household name when she joined the presenting team of GMTV in 2000.

    Kate continued her hosting role on ITV Breakfast when GMTV switched to Daybreak in 2011, although she took more of a back seat as Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley took on the main hosting roles.

    When the show switched to Good Morning Britain in 2014 she joined the main presenting line-up again.

  • Sarah Grealish

    ‘SCARED WE MIGHT LOSE HIM’

    Kate and Derek’s daughter Darcey, 14, has admitted she’s terrified of losing her dad and that the family had initially hoped he would be home in time for Christmas.

    Asked if it was scary seeing her dad hooked up in hospital, she explained:  “It’s not really scary in the way that he looks scary.

    “It’s just scary in the way of thinking we might lose him.”

  • Sarah Grealish

    SUSANNA PAYS TRIBUTE

    Susanna Reid has told how Derek will be “really proud” of his wife Kate.

    Paying tribute to her Good Morning Britain star after last night’s heartbreaking documentary about Derek’s Covid battle, Susanna revealed private conversations she’d had with Kate.

    She said the pair spoke while Kate was starring in I’m A Celebrity in 2019 – just months before Derek was struck down by the virus.

    “He burst with pride about Kate, he is so proud of her,” Susanna said.

    “He would be so proud of her now, doing what she’s doing and this documentary.”

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    HOW IS DEREK DRAPER DOING?

    On March 23, 2021 Kate Garraway's documentary Finding Derek aired on ITV.

    In the film Kate was seen breaking down in tears as Derek spoke for the first time after coming out of a coma.

    In heartbreaking scenes, the Good Morning Britain presenter revealed how emotional it was to see such progress after 214 days in hospital.

    Kate shared a video of herself filming her husband during a rehab session and captured the extraordinary moment.

    When the doctor asked if the movement was ok, he said: “Pain”.

    Speaking about the moment afterwards, Kate said: “So that is the first time I saw him mouth a word and he mouths pain, I saw it really clearly and I said ‘pain, pain’.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    KATE TOLD SERIOUSLY ILL HUSBAND DEREK COULD BE IN HOSPITAL UNTIL DECEMBER

    Kate Garraway was told her seriously ill husband Derek Draper could be in hospital until December.

    Viewers were given an update on Derek's condition, with the doc saying his rehabilitation is "continuing and that "doctors have extended the option of keeping him in hospital until December 2021".

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    INSIDE KATE'S NEW HOME AS SHE ADDS A WET ROOM AND LIFT AHEAD OF HUSBAND DEREK'S RETURN

    Kate Garraway added a wet room and a lift to her home ahead of her husband Derek Draper's return from the hospital.

    In preparation, Kate has been forced to make adjustments to her home in order to welcome Derek as he now needs a wheelchair to get around.

    The ground floor lounge has been transformed into his new bedroom complete with a hospital bed.

    Things were re-arranged in the wash room for his arrival
    The wash room is being converted for Derek's use
  • Niamh Cavanagh

    KATE GARRAWAY'S DAUGHTER DARCEY SAYS SHE WANTS DAD HOME FOR XMAS

    Kate Garraway’s daughter Darcey was hopeful her dad Derek Draper would be home for Christmas – but he remains in hospital three months later.

    In the documentary Finding Derek, the 14-year-old opened up about what it has been like in the 12 months since her dad was hospitalised with coronavirus.

    In a heartbreaking scene, Darcey revealed she hoped her dad would be back with them by Christmas.

    When asked if he would be back, she replied: "I hope so but it’s hard because he might still be hooked up to things he needs to help him survive."

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    KATE WILL RETURN TO GMB TOMORROW AFTER EMOTIONAL DOC ABOUT DEREK HUSBAND AIRS

    Kate Garraway is "really grateful for the support" after her documentary 'Finding Derek' aired last night.

    The 53-year-old star sent in a message for her Good Morning Britain co-hosts Ben Shephard and Susanna Reid to read out earlier today after the programme – which documented her husband Derek Draper's past 12 months in intensive care dealing with coronavirus and the after-effects – was broadcast on ITV on Tuesday evening.

    Susanna said: "Also we have to say, Kate has been in touch. She wants to say a huge thank you for all of the love this morning. There has been a huge response to 'Finding Derek' last night. I know many of you have been touched by her story. We spoke to her yesterday morning, and she will be back in tomorrow.

    "She says she is reading every single message and she is really grateful for the support."

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    PIERS MORGAN CALLS DEREK DOC 'HEARTBREAKING'

    Kate's former co-star Piers Morgan did tune in, however. He sent love to his pal and called the documentary "heartbreaking".

    On the National Day of Reflection, Piers joined thousands of people on Twitter who shared messages of support to Kate, 53, during the one-off film about her husband's brave coronavirus battle.

    The 55-year-old sent a sweet message to Kate, reading: "Love you
    @kategarraway."

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    CONTINUED

    A clip played of Derek crying in his hospital bed as he spoke to wife Kate via Facetime.

    Ranvir continued: "Watching that reminds me of the last conversation I had with Derek, which was at the Christmas party after Kate came out of I'm A Celeb."

    The single mum told how she'd spoken to Kate about parenting issues and her co-star recommended she mention it to psychotherapist Derek.

    Ranvir called his advice "amazing" and added: "In his heart, just being a family man. The children are so resilient because he filled them up with so much love before this awful moment round the corner."

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    GMB'S RANVIR SINGH REVEALS SHE 'COULDN' WATCH' FINDING DEREK BECAUSE 'SHE WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO SLEEP'

    Good Morning Britain's Ranvir Singh revealed she couldn't watch Kate Garraway's Finding Derek documentary as she wouldn't be able to sleep.

    The show's political editor discussed the emotional hour-long programme with Ben Shephard and Susanna Reid this morning and said she will tune in on ITV Hub.

    She explained: "Last night I couldn't watch it. I won't be able to sleep afterwards. I'm going to watch it when it goes on the hub.

    "When you know someone and you've been watching from the sidelines, it's really hard to watch, isn't it?"

  • Imogen Braddick

    DEREK IS 'DEFINITELY PRESENT'

    Looking ahead, Derek may need 24 hour care, but as Kate puts it, "he is still him".

    After being unconscious for months as his heart, lungs and liver went into failure, Derek has woken up and shown he recognises his family, he understands the dire situation he is in, and he still feels love and pain.

    And it feels like a miracle.

    "He is still him," Kate said in Finding Derek.

    "That person that you love. He might behave differently and look different – that will be difficult for us both. I’m trying to look on it as a rather beautiful thing. We’ll have to fall in love again."

  • Imogen Braddick

    CHRISTMAS HOPES

    Kate's daughter Darcey was hopeful her dad Derek would be home for Christmas – but he remains in hospital three months later.

    Derek is now free of coronavirus, but remains in intensive care, and some of the after-effects have included Derek's heart stopping more than once, his kidneys have failed, his liver and pancreas have been damaged, and numerous infections have left holes in his lungs.

    In a heartbreaking scene in the documentary, Darcey revealed she hoped her dad would be back with them by Christmas.

    When asked if he would be back, she replied: "I hope so but it’s hard because he might still be hooked up to things he needs to help him survive."

    She added: "I’ve not really thought the worst. I’ve always thought he will get better and get back."

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