Kate Garraway opens up about husband’s Covid battle in powerful documentary

Kate Garraway TV documentary - how to watch online

ITV has announced a one-off TV documentary fronted by Kate Garraway – here’s how to watch it online.


Kate Garraway: Finding Derek follows the broadcaster and journalist as she offers an intimate insight into coping with the impact of Covid-19 as her husband Derek Draper remains seriously ill a year on from contracting the virus.

The film joins Kate and her family in July 2020 and brings viewers up to date with the film ending in March 2021.

At the start of the film, back in July 2020, Kate is in Derek’s study and says: “I wanted to keep all of his financial times which he gets every day delivered. So they’re all here ready for you Derek when you come back….maybe it’s like a little capsule of time really.

“If he can wake up and he can begin to piece things together, maybe it will help him process the time that’s passed”.

After airing on ITV on Tuesday, 23 March you can catch up with Kate Garraway: Finding Derek online via the ITV Hub here.

You can also watch the documentary online via Amazon Prime Video with ITV Hub+ here.


ITV share of the one-off programme: “Kate offers an unflinching account of the profound effects on her family and on others as she opens up on camera for the first time on the reality of the past 12 months.

“As Derek, who was hospitalised in March 2020 with the virus, remains in hospital with severe health issues, Kate also meets survivors of the disease and discusses the somewhat unknown, longer-term effects of the virus.

“As Kate lays bare in the film, her family, along with many others who have suffered the effects of the virus, is now facing the reality of adjusting to a very different way of life to the one they lived before the pandemic hit.”

In February Kate shared a latest update on her husband during a chat with her Good Morning Britain co-host Ben Shephard.

“I haven’t been able to see him Ben. I haven’t seen him since Christmas, which means he’s back into a situation [of] looking at strangers in masks,” she shared. “That’s the situation for everybody at the moment who’s got someone in hospital, it’s not unique to him. It’s tough, it’s also the same for people in care homes.

“When you’re someone like him that is dealing with a consciousness problem and trying to emerge, I can’t help but feel like it’s not very helpful.”

Kate added: “Of course, there’s no end in sight. That’s a really tough thing…


“There’s no one to blame, there’s no one to be angry with, it’s the situation we’re all in.”

Picture: ITV/Tony Wards

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