Dogs barking, audience boos and many tears – the moments you missed at this year’s NTAs

This year's NTAs, the National Television Awards, were packed with unseen bits and unexpected moments, with some dramatic twists along the way.

Holly Willoughby reflected on her "difficult year" on the red carpet, Piers Morgan got booed by the audience and the entire room was in tears when the late presenter Paul O'Grady won for his factual series For the Love of Dogs.

There was also a particularly poignant moment when EastEnders actor and son of the late Jade Goody, Bobby Brazier won the award for rising star.

When it was announced that Danielle Harold had won best serial drama performance for her role as Lola Pearce in EastEnders, the actress could barely contain herself as she admitted she hadn't even prepared for her speech.

There were many more tears and laughs as TV's biggest award show in Britain finally arrived. Here's all the moments you may have missed…

Dog barking on stage

It was a special moment when Paul O'Grady, who sadly died earlier this year, was recognised for his amazing work in the factual TV show For the Love of Dogs.

The late actor, drag queen, presenter and TV star, who was beloved all over the country, was a great lover of all dogs.

He was so passionate about the pet pooch that he made a number of series' of the show, which also helped raise money for the animals at the Battersea Cats and Dogs Home.

But as the show's production team went up on stage to accept the award, their canine started barking, leaving the audience in hysterics.

Audience boos

Piers Morgan was caught on camera smiling as the category for best TV interview was announced in the O2 Arena, but while he was excited to be nominated, some members of the audience didn't feel the same way.

Just as the former Good Morning Britain presenter's name was read out in the nominees, an enormous booing sound erupted from the back of the arena.

Piers has long been a controversial figure in the TV industry, having stepped down from his role at Good Morning Britain in March 2021 over his coverage regarding Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex.

But just as many people are fans of the former newspaper editor, and Piers grinned as he waved to the camera from the audience.

Bobby Brazier's emotional speech

Bobby Brazier was one of the stand-out highlights during tonight's NTAs, winning the award for Rising Star for his role in EastEnders.

The new actor, who is set to take part on Strictly Come Dancing this year, was overjoyed with the announcement.

But it was his dad Jeff Brazier who couldn't stop crying, as his son dedicated his award to him.

Speaking from the stage, Bobby said: "I've been thinking about what I might say over the last couple of days and it's become very, very obvious.

"This actually has very, very, very little to do with me and everything to do with my dad… over the course of the last 20 years I've consistently heard him say, 'Because I can', it was a mantra or a motto of his, and him just saying that, 'Because I can!' you know, why not?"

In another poignant moment during Bobby's acceptance speech, he appeared to thank his mum and all those guiding him and watching over him for all his success and opportunities, as he raised his hand to the sky.

Danielle Harold sobbed during win

Danielle Harold ended up tearing up as she was completely bowled over by the news that she'd won best serial drama performance.

The actress played an incredibly hard-hitting storyline on EastEnders this year, portraying the fan-favourite Lola Pearce on the BBC One soap.

Lola sadly developed an incurable brain tumour, later dying in some of the most emotional scenes ever seen in Walford, leaving behind her daughter Lexi and husband Jay Brown.

The star struggled to get her words out as she accepted the honour of best performance, but the entire EastEnders cast screamed and cheered for their amazing former co-star.

Sarah Lancashire bowed to Sir Ian McKellen

Sarah Lancashire was the star of the night at this year's NTAs, and was awarded for best drama performance in Happy Valley and given a special recognition gong.

The actress, who shot to fame as Raquel Watts on Coronation Street in 1991, has most recently been praised for her incredible performance on BBC police drama Happy Valley.

The actress has appeared in all manner of comedy and drama roles, and her special award was well deserved. But in a massive twist of fate, she was presented with the award by Lord of the Rings and British theatre icon Sir Ian McKellen.

The pair worked together on a period drama project called The Dresser in 2015, but as she came up on stage in tears, Sarah delivered a huge bow.

In a special moment, the star gave Sir Ian a big hug and thanked him for giving her her award as she went on to deliver her speech.

There were plenty more surprises and twists and turns tonight, not least of which was the moment The Repair Shop won best daytime TV show over reigning champion This Morning.

After a rocky year for the ITV programme, which saw Phillip Schofield step down from the helm, it seemed fans weren't so sure about giving it the top spot for yet another year running.

Ant and Dec took the title of best presenters yet again, and there was finally a particularly special moment when Strictly Come Dancing won best TV show.

Professional dancer Amy Dowden, who is currently battling breast cancer, was all smiles as she joined the rest of her cast mates on stage to celebrate their win, and she showed off a special pin to mark her achievement.

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