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‘We’ve got a Kirkwood down!’ BBC Breakfast’s Carol pulled to ground by guide dog at Chelsea Flower Show

BBC Breakfast’s Carol Kirkwood took a tumble live on TV on Monday morning when she was pulled to the ground by a guide dog.

The 59-year-old weather presenter had just given the forecast from Chelsea Flower Show when the golden Labrador tugged at the lead she was holding and pulled her over.

Only seconds earlier Kirkwood had commented on how the dog, called Flash, was “very well behaved”.

The funny moment was captured live on TV, with presenter Dan Walker saying: “We’ve got a Kirkwood down!” as she was hauled to the deck. “Someone save Carol!” the presenter added, laughing.

Carol Kirkwood was pulled to the ground during a live TV link (Jeremy Selwyn)
Carol Kirkwood was pulled to the ground during a live TV link (Jeremy Selwyn)

“Are you alright Carol?” he asked, without getting a reply. “I think she’s lost her earpiece,” said co-presenter Sally Nugent.

Ever the professional, Kirkwood dusted herself off and managed to continue her conversation with the hosts.

Kirkwood’s feet quickly loomed into view as she toppled forward (BBC Breakfast)
Kirkwood’s feet quickly loomed into view as she toppled forward (BBC Breakfast)

She added: “Yes, yes, she’s a very strong girl is Flash. She’s run back to her trainer, Mel, who is on the other side of the camera.

Chelsea Flower Show for under way with a difference on Monday with a one-off autumn version of the world-famous event.

She dusted herself down and appeared to emerge unscathed from the incident (BBC Breakfast)
She dusted herself down and appeared to emerge unscathed from the incident (BBC Breakfast)
Kirkwood managed to keep her calm during the incident (Jeremy Selwyn)
Kirkwood managed to keep her calm during the incident (Jeremy Selwyn)

Members of the royal family and celebrities will be getting the first glimpse of show, where dahlias, pumpkins and autumn colour replace spring and early summer blooms, before it opens to the public on Tuesday.

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) postponed this year’s show – due to take place in May – in the face of the ongoing pandemic, having cancelled the event last year and taking it online as the UK endured its first lockdown.

Kirkwood with the dog Flash (Jeremy Selwyn)
Kirkwood with the dog Flash (Jeremy Selwyn)

This year’s autumn move means the event will have a different look, with blooms such as asters and dahlias, trees full of fruit and berries, grasses and seed heads, and autumn bulbs such as nerines.

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