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Kate Garraway looks back on final year of Derek Draper’s life with ITV


Kate Garraway looks back on final year of Derek Draper’s life with ITV

ITV to screen documentary, Kate Garraway: Derek’s Story…

“My name is Derek Draper. I want you to hear my story…”Derek Draper

Following the sad loss of Derek Draper in January this year, ITV1 and STV will show Kate Garraway: Derek’s Story, which 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.

Kate Garraway:

“Obviously when we started making this documentary early last year, we had no idea the events that would unfold that ultimately took Derek from us. And in January 2024, I wondered if it was right that it should ever come to air.  But I didn’t want to let those who have given us so much support over the last four years down, and the carers paid and unpaid who in their thousands of letters to me, feel Derek’s story has given them a voice. Also, I remembered so vividly that the idea of making this third documentary at all came from Derek himself.”

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.

Kate is a regular on Smooth Radio

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: “I want to be heard.”

Kate Garraway:

“I am delighted that the film is a tribute to Derek, his incredible spirit and a tribute to all of those who fight on to make every second of life count, whatever is thrown at them.” 

Kate is well known for her work on ITV1 and STV hosting the primetime show Life Stories as well as being a stalwart of daytime television with presenting roles on GMTV, Daybreak and Good Morning Britain as well as a morning host on Global’s Smooth Radio. Derek Draper was a political lobbyist and psychotherapist.

Kate Garraway: Derek’s Story will air on ITV1, STV, STV Player and ITVX later this month

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