Finding Derek: Piers Morgan and Lorraine Kelly praise Kate Garraway as ‘heartbreaking’ documentary airs

Documentary about Garraway’s husband, who has spent a year in hospital after contracting coronavirus, aired on Tuesday

Isobel Lewis
Wednesday 24 March 2021 07:57
Trailer for Kate Garraway: Finding Derek

Piers Morgan, Ben Shephard and Alison Hammond have sent messages of support to Kate Garraway following the release of the “heartbreaking” documentary Finding Derek.

The one-off documentary follows Good Morning Britain presenter Garraway and her husband Derek Draper, who has been in hospital for a year. After contracting coronavirus last March, Draper was placed in an induced coma.

Kate Garraway: Finding Derek aired on Tuesday (23 March) on the one-year anniversary of lockdown beginning in the UK, with the presenter’s ITV colleagues and viewers praising her for the “moving and honest” documentary.

“This is heart-breaking,” Garraway’s former GMB co-star Piers Morgan tweeted as he tuned in.

Lorraine Kelly praised Garraway for the documentary, writing: “Heartbreaking but such courage, humanity and strength @kategarraway - you are incredible!”

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“This is heart breaking but also so inspiring,” Alison Hammond tweeted. “How amazing is @kategarraway.”

BBC Breakfast’s Dan Walker wrote: “Really tough watching #FindingDerek. Nothing but respect for @kategarraway & the rest of her family.”

Ben Shephard posted: “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.”

The show left many viewers in tears, with one tweet reading: “I am sobbing. I’m so angry at people who deny Covid, won’t wear their mask, won’t stay at home if they are unwell. Cannot stop the tears watching this. My heart breaks for them #FindingDerek @kategarraway is just incredible. Incredible.”

One viewer tweeted: “What an amazing woman @kategarraway is! Strength and courage like I’ve never seen before. A truly heartbreaking story that I really hope has the happy and healthy ending that they deserve.”

“I have long been a fan of @kategarraway but her documentary #FindingDerek takes [my] respect to a whole new level. So honest. So moving. What a brave family,” writer Jonathan Harvey posted.

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

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