Viewers of BBC2’s new Rupert Murdoch documentary were struck by a scene where Kate Garraway’s husband Derek Draper is seen healthy and ‘in his prime’ during Tony Blair’s 1997 election victory party.
Political advisor Mr. Draper, currently in the hospital and recovering from Covid-19, was filmed standing next to Labor grandees, including Neil Kinnock, John Prescott and Peter Mandelson, during the celebration at the Royal Festival Hall in London on the night that Mr Blair was elected Prime Minister the first time.
Footage from the event was shown during the premiere of BBC2’s The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty on Tuesday night, examining how Rupert, now 89 and married to fourth wife Jerry Hall, 64, became one of the world’s most powerful figures, with huge chunks of the global media industry.
Several viewers were struck by seeing Mr Draper ‘in his prime’ and noted the emotion of the song played during the event: D: ream’s Things Can Only Get Better.
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Derek Draper, circled, who is recovering from Covid-19 in the hospital, was filmed standing next to Labor grandees, including Neil Kinnock, John Prescott and Peter Mandelson during the celebration at London’s Royal Festival Hall at night that Mr. Blair was elected Prime Minister for the first time. The images (pictured) were featured in BBC2’s The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty
Several viewers were struck by seeing Mr Draper ‘in his prime’ and noted the emotion of the song played during the event: D: ream’s Things Can Only Get Better
A tweet tweeted: “Sad nostalgia in many ways: Did anyone else see young Derek Draper next to Neil Kinnock in the footage from the 1997 General Election night in the BBC’s Murdoch doc?
They were waiting for the new prime minister, waving at ‘Things Can Only Get Better.’ If they can – come on Derek. ‘
Others quickly agreed, including columnist Iain Martin who wrote, “Yes – had exactly the same thought.”
Another Twitter user added: ‘Yes, it’s quite a clip. Best wishes to him, his wife and family. ‘
Viewers took to Twitter to wish Mr. Draper a speedy recovery and send their best to his family
The documentary, the first episode of which aired on Tuesday, describes how children Elisabeth, now 51, Lachlan, now 48, and James, now 47, fiercely fought for control of the Murdoch conglomerate in the late 1990s before their father decided to head. stay off the realm.
Viewers who signed up commented on social media about the clear similarities between the documentary and the HBO series Succession, which follows the life of the Roy family – who inherit an entertainment empire owned by their aging father Logan (Brian Cox ).
Part of the episode explored Murdoch’s role as a “kingmaker,” focusing on how his full support for Blair shaped the outcome of the 1997 election.
Draper, who shares two children with his TV host wife Kate, has recently been taken out of a coma after a life-threatening battle with the corona virus. Pictured, the pair in December
Derek, who was an advisor to the Blair government, is best known for his career as a former lobbyist who fell out of favor when he became involved in two scandals: the Lobbygate in 1998 and a 2009 scandal involving LabourList, the website he edited .
In 1998, he was caught by an undercover reporter from Observer, boasting about his access to ministers.
A timeline of Derek’s coronavirus battle
Kate revealed she and Prince Charles had come ‘relatively close’ at the Prince’s Trust Awards on March 11 – Charles was diagnosed with coronavirus in mid-March.
She said, “Around March 29/30, I came home, came in and said [to Derek] “god you look sick.”
“He said he had a headache, numbness in his right hand and trouble breathing,
“I called doctor Hilary (Jones) and tried to get through, he spoke to Derek. He said turn me on again, I think you should call an ambulance ‘
Derek, 52, was hospitalized on March 30 and remained in an unresponsive state.
Kate and her children isolated at home after showing “mild symptoms.”
Kate said, “Derek stays in intensive care and is still very ill. I am afraid it will be an extremely worrying time.
“I’m afraid he’s still in a very critical condition, but he’s still there, so there’s hope.”
Kate said, “The journey for me and my family seems far from over, as my heart sinks every day as I learn new and devastating ways in which this virus must fight more for Derek.
“But he’s still HERE, so there’s still hope.”
That month, Kate and her family took part in the final blow to caregivers
She said, “I’ll never give that up because Derek is the love of my life, but at the same time I have absolute insecurity.”
On June 5, Kate revealed that Derek is now free from coronavirus but continues to fight the damage done to his body
On July 5, Kate revealed that Derek has awakened from his coma, but is still in a serious but critical condition.
On July 8, she announced that she would be returning to GMB after being urged by doctors to “continue living” during Derek’s recovery.
She added that Derek “opened his eyes” after waking from his coma, but was told that his recovery could take years.
On July 13, Kate returned to GMB for the first time since hospitalization.
The lobby gate scandal led to his Daily Express column being dropped, the loss of his lobbying work, and the resignation of his role as editor of New Labor Magazine Progress.
Draper, who shares two children with his TV host wife Kate, has recently been taken out of a coma after a life-threatening battle with the corona virus.
Kate, who has spoken publicly about her husband’s health struggle, revealed that he “died nearly six times” during his battle with Covid-19 and remains in the hospital while recovering.
Now that Derek has been declared COVID-free, Kate admitted that she fears the long-term damage the virus may have caused, and whether it will affect Derek in his recovery.
She said on GMB, “When he went to the hospital I got a few lyrics saying ‘oh I’m not going to die tell the kids I’m fine’ but there was a feeling of fear because he was COVID and suddenly it escalated.
“And then it suddenly became everything, and every phase was a kind of new terror, and just when I thought we were suddenly moving forward, it can now affect your body everywhere.
“There is a massive postviral syndrome, damage done in ways we didn’t know. I was with Dr. Hilary and he said it’s the lungs, it’s the breath you fear for COVID. ‘
Kate also reiterated that doctors had urged her to “ get on with life ” as Derek continues to recover, stressing that she should be present for their two children Darcey, 14, and Billy, 10.
“I’ve had moments, you know when your abs are gripped with fear and everything went so well, but it happened to the world, it happened to everyone, in this time you have seen people, I know people, you know people who have watched this show who has been diagnosed with terrible diseases, “Kate added.
“The doctors are now saying to me,” You must continue, you must continue with life. ” For Darcey and Billy right now, they have lost their father, they are not there, he is there … he is not there as he should be in their lives. ‘
Kate’s husband has been in the hospital since March, and while Kate raised hope earlier this month by revealing that he has awakened from a coma, he’s been told his recovery can take years.
She said Hello! “The doctors have urged me not to pause my life. They told me to go back to work and create a routine in our life again.
“I only thought of the kids and Derek and they are the most important people in my life, but I have to create structure and normality for the kids, clean the bath, put the dishes in the dishwasher and clean the house.
“I also have to get back to work so that I can take care of the kids and we can do things together, so that they feel that the light has not disappeared from their lives, that there is hope for the future.”
Kate made sure to return to GMB alongside Ben Shephard on Monday after a break from the show while Derek was in the hospital.
Derek previously credited Kate for saving depression that began during his career as a political advisor and led to a nervous breakdown and a period in The Priory in the late 1990s.