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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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.