Tearful Kate Garraway in disbelief as she wins at NTAs for Derek Draper doc

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Kate Garraway has won the best Authored Documentary award at this year’s National Television Awards 2021.

The GMB star looked close to tears as she accepted the gong and was greeted with a standing ovation as she took to the stage.

The documentary, Finding Derek, offered a candid insight into her family life while her husband, former political adviser Derek Draper, spent a year in hospital being treated for coronavirus.

Kate was supported at the glitzy event by co-star Ben Shephard.

Accepting the award, Kate said: "It was hugely brave decision of ITV to commission this, they didn't really know what they were making.

"A story about bereavement and triumph. In the end, really, it ended up being something between the two.

"Thank you so much for voting, I wonder if the reason why you did is because our story is your story. I think we’ve all been touched by the pandemic, whether it's livelihood or mental health.

"I just want to say to all the Darcey's and Billy’s and Derek’s and Derek's families, whatever you’re going through, you’re not forgotten. We want the joy back, we want it to be over but the fight goes on.

"But most of all Derek, you should be here and should have had the chance to tell your own story. Derek, you’re going to get the chance, believe! The hope is real! Thank you so much."

The annual ceremony which celebrates and recognises the nation’s best TV and its crew from over the past year.

There was strong competition in the category, with Kate up against Marcus Rashford, Katie Price, Roman Kemp and Rob Burrow.

Katie Price could be seen putting her hands in the shape of a heart as it was announced Kate had won.

The annual awards show was hosted live by The Masked Singer favourite Joel Dommett, who was keeping track of the night’s proceedings.

It was the first NTAs in 18 months which audiences could actually watch due to previous Covid-19 restrictions in place.

Fans have witnessed an insight into the celebrities' lives as they opened up to the audience in front of the camera.

Kate’s personal story Finding Derek, which aired on ITV, dealt with her husband suffering from long Covid and being placed into a coma.

Roman Kemp’s BBC documentary – titled Our Silent Emergency – dealt with the sudden loss of a close friend to suicide and how men in the UK grieve.

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Another BBC documentary was Katie Price’s Harvey and Me which aired earlier this year.

It saw the reality star and former glamour model share an important stage in her son’s life as he was about to turn 18.

Rob Burrow: My Year with MND looked at the popular rugby star’s life and how he has been fighting motor neurone disease.

Finally, Manchester United and England footballer swapped his boots for the camera and shared his campaign efforts for raising awareness of food poverty and helping to get children free school meals.

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