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Richard Bacon praises Kate Garraway after learning Finding Derek doc has NTA Award nomination

Richard Bacon applauded his Good Morning Britain co-host Kate Garraway on Thursday after learning that her documentary, Finding Derek, has been shortlisted for a National Television Award. 

Kate, 54, worked with ITV to create a 60-minute programme earlier this year, detailing her husband Derek Draper’s ongoing battle with Covid-19 which has been nominated for Best Authored Documentary.

And her fellow presenter, 45, acknowledged that the documentary was about an ‘awful personal tragedy’ while commending it as a ‘beautiful piece of television’. 

Project: Kate, 54, worked on a 60-minute show this year, detailing her husband Derek Draper's ongoing battle with Covid-19 which has been nominated for Best Authored Documentary

Laud: Richard Bacon praised his Good Morning Britain co-host Kate Garraway on Thursday after learning that her documentary, Finding Derek, has been shortlisted for an NTA Award

Speaking from the GMB desk, Richard said to Kate: ‘For you, that documentary is about something awful and is about a personal tragedy. 

‘But it’s something else, it’s a very beautiful piece of television and human piece of television. And it’s not a positive thing, but it is a very good documentary and I think an important documentary and I think you thoroughly deserve it [NTA award].’

‘I’m really chuffed for the production company involved in it,’ Kate responded. 

‘And for Derek as well, because I think what we hoped to do was touch people and represent people that are still very heavily impacted by Covid-19, and there are millions of them.’

Real: And her fellow presenter, 45, acknowledged the documentary (pictured still of Derek) was about an 'awful personal tragedy' while commending it as a 'beautiful piece of television'

Real: And her fellow presenter, 45, acknowledged the documentary (pictured still of Derek) was about an ‘awful personal tragedy’ while commending it as a ‘beautiful piece of television’

Comment: Speaking from the GMB desk, Richard said to Kate: 'For you, that documentary is about something awful and is about a personal tragedy'

Comment: Speaking from the GMB desk, Richard said to Kate: ‘For you, that documentary is about something awful and is about a personal tragedy’

Kate’s husband Derek, 53, was released from the hospital in March this year after being first diagnosed in March 2020.  

The virus wreaked havoc throughout his entire body, resulting in kidney failure, liver and pancreatic damage. 

On more than one occasion his heart stopped beating, he battled bacterial pneumonia and fought multiple infections which punctured holes in his lungs. 

He is considered to be the longest surviving Covid-19 patient in the country. The former lobbyist continues to recover from the illness at their London home. 

And on Tuesday, Kate revealed she is hoping her husband Derek can attend the National Television Awards next month, as he continues his lengthy recovery. 

Thoughtful: He added: 'But it's something else, it's a very beautiful piece of television and human piece of television. And it's not a positive thing, but it is a very good documentary'

Thoughtful: He added: ‘But it’s something else, it’s a very beautiful piece of television and human piece of television. And it’s not a positive thing, but it is a very good documentary’

Journey: Covid-19 wreaked havoc throughout Derek's entire body, resulting in kidney failure, liver and pancreatic damage, and on more than one occasion, his heart stopped beating

Journey: Covid-19 wreaked havoc throughout Derek’s entire body, resulting in kidney failure, liver and pancreatic damage, and on more than one occasion, his heart stopped beating

The presenter said she is already ‘figuring out the logistics’ so he could join her at the ceremony, as it would be ‘lovely’ to attend it together. 

On GMB, Kate’s co-host Charlotte Hawkins acknowledged her nomination, saying: ‘You’ve obviously got experience of dealing with the aftermath of coronavirus and what that can mean to Derek and the family. 

‘And congratulations to you because your authored documentary Kate Garraway: Finding Derek has been shortlisted for a National Television Award, so very well done to that.’

A visibly emotional Kate then said: ‘I didn’t know until I read the papers this morning. It’s wonderful for the production company and for Derek.

‘I was just looking and the ceremony – is it the 9th September? I was just thinking, wouldn’t it be wonderful if Derek was well enough to come. Wouldn’t it be wonderful.

‘I was trying to look at the dates and work out the logistics of how that might work.

‘There’s some brilliant people in the category, there’s some brilliant documentaries, I don’t think for the moment we’ll win. But it would be lovely for him to be there.’

It comes after last week, Kate admitted she feels like she has ‘failed’ her children as she struggled to juggle homeschooling and looking after Derek.

The star – who shares children Darcey, 15, and Billy, 12, with her husband – said she found it ‘very challenging’ due to dealing with her ‘very specific set of circumstances’ at the time.

Hard: It comes after last week, Kate admitted she feels like she has 'failed' her children as she struggled to juggle homeschooling and looking after Derek

Hard: It comes after last week, Kate admitted she feels like she has ‘failed’ her children as she struggled to juggle homeschooling and looking after Derek

During a chat about the recent A-Level results on Wednesday’s Good Morning Britain, she said: ‘We all know that it’s been almost impossible for youngsters to deal with this.

‘I know that I have frankly failed my children in supporting them in their homeschooling.

‘I know I had very specific set of circumstances going on for the bulk of the time, but I found it very difficult to get online and help them to work their way through the system. 

‘And, you know, it was very, very challenging.’

Family: The star - who shares children Darcey, 15, and Billy, 12, with her husband - said she found it 'very challenging' due to dealing with a 'very specific set of circumstances' at the time

Family: The star – who shares children Darcey, 15, and Billy, 12, with her husband – said she found it ‘very challenging’ due to dealing with a ‘very specific set of circumstances’ at the time


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