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Derek Draper's love for Kate Garraway shared in final documentary

In final documentary, Derek's Story, Garraway's late husband talked about how they first met and how much he loved her.

From Flicker Productions

KATE GARRAWAY : DEREKS STORY
Tuesday 26th March 2024, 9pm on ITV1 and ITVX

Pictured: Kate and Derek at home during filming in May 2023,

Following the sad loss of Derek Draper in January this year, Kate Garraway: Derek's Story, documents the final year of his life. This film follows the two previous award-winning films also made by Flicker Productions: Finding Derek and Caring for Derek.

With close access to Derek and his wife, Kate Garraway, the film provides an insight into his personal struggles with illness and highlights the challenges faced by millions of people in the UK living with serious illness and disability and those who care for them. 

Joining Derek and Kate in May 2023, the film confronts head on the reality of Derek’s struggles and gives an unflinching view of the effect on all those around while also capturing real moments of love and joy as they spend time together as a family. 

With around five million unpaid carers in England and Wales, the film also highlights the often prohibitive costs as well as practical difficulties, of caring for people within their homes and features contributions from Jake, the care worker who supports Derek’s care, as well as Kathryn Smith, CEO from charity Social Care Institute for Excellence.

 

Derek's Story also reflects on Derek’s life before Covid, including his high-profile political career, as well his relationship with Kate, their early years together and how Derek’s illness changed the nature of their dynamic while they maintained their close bond. 

When asked why he wanted to take part in this film, Derek said:
Kate Garraway and Derek Draper's shared love was shown in their final documentary. (ITV)

What did you miss?

Derek Draper shared his love for "caring" and "fit" wife Kate Garraway in the final documentary about him.

The Good Morning Britain shared intimate moments from their marriage in her latest documentary, Derek's Story which aired on ITV1. Her husband Draper died in January 2024 aged 56 following his four year illness as a result of COVID.

She said she wanted the last documentary to be his legacy – highlighting the UKs defective social care system, which only provides funding for those with the most extreme needs and the lowest financial means. But the documentary also showed the love between the pair, and how it had evolved as she became his carer in the final fours years of his life.

What, how and why?

LONDON - OCTOBER 31:  (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME)  Kate Garraway and her husband Derek Draper arrive at the National Television Awards 2007, at the Royal Albert Hall on October 31, 2007 in London, England.  (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
Kate Garraway and her husband Derek Draper at the NTAs in 2007. (Getty Images)

Draper recalled meeting Garraway for the first time on a blind date at the bar London hotel Claridge's. Asked when he thought of they when they first met he said: "She was fit." And he said that he thought she was "caring, lovely" and he knew he wanted to marry her.

Draper's speech at his wedding to Garraway in 2005 was played as part of the film.

The pair gazed lovingly into one another's eyes as he declared: "I have never felt more alive than I do in Kate's presence. Spending my limited time on this planet in the company of such a woman seemed like a damn fine idea within just a few weeks of meeting her. And thank the lord she felt the same way."

He went on: "Thank you for making me the happiest, safest, proudest man in the world."

In the final scene of the documentary Draper was asked what has been the most important thing to him in the last three years [since he fell ill]. He simply replied: "Family."

Kate Garraway holds hands with Derek Draper in Derek's Story.
Derek Draper said the most important thing in his life had been family. (UTV)

Garraway has spoken out about the debt she has incurred for funding Draper's care at her home. She said she is prepared to "get flak" for criticising the current social care system, which she said is designed to "catch you out when you need it to catch you from falling."

She also spoke about how she and Draper had struggled to work out how to show love one another after she became his carer. The TV presenter said: "I have accepted [my future as a carer], but how that translates into the relationship is a work in progress.

"Sometimes you show love with a big bunch of flowers, sometimes it's bringing a cup of tea at the right moment, and he can't do any of those things for me. So he's trying to work out how to love me - I know he loves me, but how does he show that? And I'm trying to work out if I feel loved by him. I know I am loved, so we have got a whole journey to go on there."

What else happened on Derek's Story?

Kate Garraway in ITV documentary Derek's Story.
Viewers applauded Kate Garraway for making the documentary. (ITV)

Viewers shared their support and praise for Garraway for making the documentary.

One wrote on social media platform X: "@kategarraway is a true inspiration. I have nothing but admiration for what she and many others have been through with this dreadful disease. If you're still fighting this battle with Long COVID I'm thinking of you and sending so much strength #KateGarraway"

Another said: "Watching #KateGarraway documentary now with Derek and I think she’s really brave. Letting people into their lives, all so personal. All credit to her and her family. Lovely to see old footage of #Derek too. #Caring costs a lot of money even when you go to work."

And another shared: "The tears are tripping me watching this Kate Garraway and Derek documentary. I watched the first one too. That woman is so bloody strong. I really hope people don't troll her as she doesn't deserve it. A walking saint. Lovely person #KateGarraway"

Other viewers applauded her for highlighting the flaws in the social care system. One tweeted: "Kate and Derek were so let down by our government. So very very sad. And there's thousands like them. #dereksstory #KateGarraway"

Another commented: "Everything she’s doing here is highlighting the lack of affordable care available. I think it’s an absolute tribute to Derek Draper who spent his life fighting social injustice. #KateGarraway."

And a third wrote: "So many people in the same boat, not getting the right support when needed… well done @kategarraway for shining a light on the challenges that carers face daily #kategarraway #DerekStory"

"The amazing thing about the #KateGarraway story is that it shines a light on what is often invisible to many of us, the care that goes on behind closed doors. This is just one story but there’s thousands if not millions more that are struggling to cope," another observed.

But there were also many who used the opportunity to troll Garraway.

One viewer posted: "So many trolling @kategarraway on the decision to make this documentary but they need to watch it first surely. While dealing with day to day things harder than most people do, but like many others, she’s campaigning for the care system. Watch it first?? #KateGarraway #derek"

Kate Garraway: Derek's Story is available to stream on ITVX.

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