Viewers were left heartbroken after unexpectedly spotting Kate Garraway’s husband Derek Draper dancing in the background of a clip from the BBC’s new docuseries, The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty.
Footage from Tony Blair’s 1997 election victory celebration was shown last Sunday and showed Derek, who is currently recovering from covid-19 in hospital, when he was a political advisor to the Labour party.
Derek was seen standing next to John Prescott, Neil Kinnock and Peter Mandleson as they celebrated at London’s Royal Festival when Tony Blair was announced as the new prime minister.
The documentary explored how Rupert Murdoch, 89, became one of the most powerful figures in the media industry.
But viewers were stunned to spot Derek during his younger years, with one tweeting: “Sad nostalgia in many ways: did anyone else spot the young Derek Draper standing next to Neil Kinnock in the footage of 1997 General Election night, in the BBC Murdoch doc?
“They were waiting for the new PM, swaying to ‘Things Can Only Get Better’. If only they can – come on Derek.”
While another commented: “Yes, it’s quite a clip. Best wishes to him, his wife and family.”
Derek, now 52, was hospitalised in late March after contracting coronavirus and was later put into an induced coma which lasted 13 weeks.
He has now woken from his coma but his wife Kate, 53, has explained that he still has a long road to recovery.
However, Kate was finally able to see her husband in person last week and expressed her excitement on last week’s GMB.
She sadi: “I might be able to go and visit Derek today!”
Kate also added how the nurses caring for Derek are going the extra mile to aid his recovery, as she went on to add: “In fact the nurses are going to put GMB on for him – they have a TV – and they’re going to put it on for him this morning.
“They forgot I was on yesterday – they’re going to see if he can hear anything.”
Ben added: “See if there is any stimulation.”
Kate added: “Trying everything we can do.”
*The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty continues on Sunday at 9pm on BBC One