Sports Personality – the night in pictures, video and on social

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Something tells us Sir Mo Farah was surprised to win BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017...

It's the highlight of the sporting calendar here at BBC Sport, with inspiring stories and sporting achievements capturing the heart of the nation.

The star-studded night culminated with Sir Mo Farah being named BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017, but there were plenty of other talking points throughout the show in Liverpool's Echo Arena.

Missed the action-packed evening? Here's how the night unfolded on social media.

Let's start with the big news of the night...

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And then came the congratulations...

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The star of the night took to Instagram to express his gratitude (and shock, no doubt)...

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But no one was as shocked as this anonymous person (don't try this at home)...

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But the four-time Olympic champion was nearly upstaged thanks to his adorable son Hussein, who decided a live interview earlier on in the programme was the optimum time to find his 15 minutes of fame.

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Naturally, social media loved it.

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And who could forget that Tom Daley moment during the #SPOTY Social?!

In case you missed it, the Olympic diver was single-handedly lifted in the air by the world's strongest man.

Have a watch at his reaction - it's safe to say he wasn't expecting it!

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SPOTY: The World's Strongest Man attempts to lift Tom Daley

But the night couldn't have gone ahead without a special mention for Bradley Lowery, whose mum and dad Gemma and Carl accepted the Helen Rollason Award on their son's behalf.

Bradley, who died aged six from a rare form of cancer in July, was honoured with the award for his achievements in the face of adversity.

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Strictly and Spoty in one weekend?

Jonnie Peacock's Strictly Come Dancing partner Oti Mabuse was rooting for him, as was his Strictly co-star Chizzy Akudolu, who jumped on the SPOTY bandwagon to support the sprint runner.

Side note: there wasn't a Charleston or an Argentine Tango in sight!

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And his mum was absolutely over-the-moon. What an emotional message.

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Then came the tweet from the man himself.

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And the news from Spoty also spread to the other side of the globe...

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But we couldn't write a social media reaction story without addressing the elephant in the room...

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Farah socks

Okay, we're only kidding...

But seriously, live TV can cause all sorts of chaos...

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Even our very own Dan Walker was left perplexed...

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But overall, it was clear that SPOTY deserves its spot on the jam-packed sporting calendar.

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And on that note, we'll leave you with Mo Farah's priceless reaction.

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See you in 2018!

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