Kate Garraway wants to make follow up film on husband Derek's Covid battle

By Zoe Delaney

Kate Garraway has revealed she wants to make a sequel to her award-winning documentary, Finding Derek.

The broadcaster won a National Television Award on Thursday night for her moving and emotional documentary about husband Derek Draper's battle with coronavirus.

The Good Morning Britain presenter's partner fell victim to the deadly virus in early 2020, and was left critically ill and hospitalised for more than a year.

Finding Derek documented the 54-year-old's struggle with the life-threatening disease, and how Kate and their family coped with former journalist's declining health.

Following her victory on Thursday night, Kate told press that she would be open to making a follow up to the documentary which aired earlier this year.

Kate Garraway beat Katie Price to win a National Television Award for Finding Derek (ITV)

"Yes, is the simple answer," the mum-of-two told reporters when quizzed about a potential sequel to Finding Derek.

"There is a lot of challenges that we're facing now. I am now experiencing being a carer, and the challenges that are there."

"We all know social care has been in the headlines for lots of reasons and for lots of reasons people need support with health and social care," she continued.

The presenter's husband Derek Draper spent over a year in hospital with coronavirus (REX)

"There are definitely more stories to tell. Let's hope that Derek's voice will be giving those stories. We know he's in there. We just have to get him out."

The TV star also opened up about her decision to attend the glitzy awards ceremony - confessing that she initially 'wasn't sure' if she would make an appearance.

"I wasn't sure I was going to come, not that I'm not extremely proud of it and love being here it's always so much fun, but it felt such a strange time leaving the family and I felt very sad about things with Derek," she explained after winning her award on Thursday evening.

The star paid tribute to her husband when collecting her award on Thursday (ITV)

The broadcaster paid tribute to her beloved husband as she collected her gong at the National Television Awards.

"We want the joy back. We want it to be over. But if you are still living with the scares," she said on stage at The O2 Arena.

"The fight goes on. But of course, most of all, Derek. Who should be here. Who should have the chance to tell his story, Derek, you are going to get the chance. Believe. The hope is real."

She added: "Thank you so much. It was hugely brave decision of ITV to commission this they didn’t know what they were making, they didn’t know they were making a story about bereavement or about a triumph.

"Lucy [Wilcox, the film's director] arrived at our home not knowing if she was seeing a family in grief or relief. In the end really it ended up being something between the two."

Kate continued: "Thank you so much for voting. I wonder if the reason you did because our story is your story. We have all been touched by the pandemic. Whether it’s livelihood, mental health, all the other extraordinary documentaries which have been highlighted and nominated tonight, they have also been affected by the pandemic.

"And I want to say to all the other Darcey’s and Billy’s and Derek’s – whatever you’re going through and however you are affected, you are not forgotten."

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