Loose Women

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Loose Women
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Format Talk show
Presented by Kaye Adams
Ruth Langsford
Andrea McLean
Starring Nadia Sawalha
Jane Moore
Sherrie Hewson
Coleen Nolan
Janet Street-Porter
Sally Lindsay
Linda Robson
Shobna Gulati
Myleene Klass
(See full list)
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 20[1]
Executive producer(s) Emma Gormley
Producer(s) Richard Stowe
Andy Tippins
Natasha Neeson
Editor(s) Martin Frizell
Location(s) The London Studios
Running time 60 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production company(s) ITV Studios (2005–)
Anglia Television (2002–05)
Granada Television (1999–2002)
Original channel ITV
Original run 6 September 1999[1] – present
External links

Loose Women is a British lunchtime television program, first broadcast in 1999 on ITV. It consists of a panel of four women who interview celebrities and discuss topical issues, ranging from daily politics and current affairs, to celebrity gossip. As of 2012, the programme averages 1.2 million viewers daily which has remained the same since the show began. The programme underwent a presenter revamp in 2013 with the departures of Carol McGiffin[2] and Denise Welch,[3] the reintroduction of Coleen Nolan, Kaye Adams,[4] Nadia Sawalha and Jane Moore[5] and the introduction of Jamelia.[6] Loose Women returned after a two week Christmas break in January 2014. The show received a new look, with a new logo, titles, and a slightly altered set.

The 21st series will begin on 8 September 2014.

The former Loose Women logo


The panel comprises four women from various professions in the entertainment and journalism industries.

Kaye Adams and Nadia Sawalha were the original presenters: Sawalha left in 2002, after the birth of her first child; Adams kept the role for the first ten series until the end of 2006, when she left to go on maternity leave.[7]

From 2007 to 2009, the anchor job was mainly shared by Jackie Brambles and Andrea McLean. Following Brambles' departure in August 2009,[8] Kate Thornton took over from her during the following month and continued to present the show in rotation with McLean until August 2011.

Following a relaunch in September 2011, the role of anchor was shared between McLean and Carol Vorderman, replacing Thornton. Kaye Adams and Ruth Langsford rejoined the panel as anchors in October 2013 and January 2014 respectively,[9] alongside McLean and Vorderman. Adams usually hosts the Monday and Tuesday shows, Langsford hosts most Wednesday shows whilst the Thursday and Friday shows are usually hosted by McLean. It was announced on 14 July 2014 that Carol Vorderman will not be returning for the 21st series so that she can focus on other projects. [10] This means McLean, Adams and Langsford will anchor during the next season.

The panel also rotate throughout the week, with three of them appearing on each show. Coleen Nolan and Shobna Gulati always sit next to the anchor, Jane Moore or Janet Street-Porter sit on the next seat along whilst Sherrie Hewson sits at the far end of the panel. Myleene Klass takes seat 2 if Coleen Nolan or Shobna Gulati do not appear, Jamelia takes seat 3 if Jane Moore or Janet Street-Porter do not appear, whilst Nadia Sawalha, Sally Lindsay or Linda Robson sit at the far end of the panel when Sherrie Hewson does not appear. The only panellists who have so far not appeared together are Shobna Gulati with either Kaye Adams or Coleen Nolan.

Kaye Adams, Nadia Sawalha and Jane Moore all appeared in the very first episode and Ruth Langsford appeared in the second episode. Former panellist Carol McGiffin holds the record for the most appearances; she appeared in 1172 episodes between 2003 and 2013, followed by Jane McDonald, Sherrie Hewson, Andrea McLean and Coleen Nolan.

Current Panellists[edit]

Anchors (Seat 1) Duration Related note(s)
Kaye Adams 1999–2006, 2013–
Ruth Langsford 1999–2000, 2009–10, 2012, 2014– Regular panellist (1999–2000); Guest panellist (2002);
Guest anchor (2006, 2007, 2013)
Andrea McLean 2007–
Panellists (Seat 2) Duration Related note(s)
Coleen Nolan 2004–11, 2013– Guest panellist (2000); Guest anchor (2014)
Shobna Gulati 2013– Guest panellist (2010, 2012)
Myleene Klass [a] 2014–
Panellists (Seat 3) Duration Related note(s)
Jane Moore [b] 1999–2002, 2013– Guest anchor (2000)
Janet Street-Porter 2011–
Jamelia [c] 2013–
Panellists (Seat 4) Duration Related note(s)
Nadia Sawalha [d] 1999–2002, 2013– Regular co-anchor (1999-2002)
Sherrie Hewson 2003– Guest anchor (2003)
Sally Lindsay [e] 2011–
Linda Robson [f] 2012– Guest panellist (2003, 2010, 2011)
  1. ^ Myleene Klass will move to seat 3 or 4 to accommodate Coleen Nolan and to seat 4 to accommodate Shobna Gulati and Jamelia.
  2. ^ Jane Moore will move to seat 4 to accommodate Janet Street-Porter.
  3. ^ Jamelia will move to seat 2 or 3 to accommodate Jane Moore and to seat 2 to accommodate Janet Street-Porter.
  4. ^ Nadia Sawalha will move to seat 2 to accommodate Sherrie Hewson and to seat 3 to accommodate Linda Robson.
  5. ^ Sally Lindsay will move to seat 2 or 3 to accommodate Sherrie Hewson and to seat 2 to accommodate Nadia Sawalha.
  6. ^ Linda Robson will move to seat 2 to accommodate Nadia Sawalha.

Related programming[edit]

On 19 November 2010, as part of Children in Need 2010, Andrea McLean, Zoe Tyler, Carol McGiffin, Sherrie Hewson and Denise Welch performed Girls Aloud's song "The Promise" as Nanas Aloud.[11]

Loose @ 5.30[edit]

Loose @ 5.30 aired at 5.30pm on ITV for two weeks from 29 May 2006. This teatime spin-off of Loose Women was a slight twist on the original format; the panel was composed of both men and women for the first time.[12]

Presenter Notes
Kaye Adams Co-anchor with Ted Robbins
Ted Robbins Co-anchor with Kaye Adams
Sherrie Hewson From Loose Women
Jane McDonald From Loose Women
Carol McGiffin From Loose Women
Coleen Nolan From Loose Women
Denise Welch From Loose Women
Jason Gardiner
Jeff Brazier

Live Talk[edit]

Live Talk was a re-branding of Loose Women. The programme lasted for two series, the first in 2000 and the second in 2001, and was co-anchored by Kaye Adams and Nadia Sawalha.[13]

International variations[edit]

  • In the United States, The View first aired in 1997 and The Talk debuted in 2010
  • In Germany, Frauenzimmer aired between 26 October 2009 and 20 November 2009. The show was cancelled due to poor ratings.[14]
  • In Australia, The Circle first aired in 2010 and has a similar format. Yet, there is also cookery and makeovers, it is a popular daytime show on Network Ten.
  • In France, Le Grand 8 has been aired since October 2012 on weekdays from 12.10 to 13.25 on D8 free digital terrestrial channel, part of Canal + group. The host, Laurence Ferrari, former anchorwoman of TF1 8h PM newscast, and 4 panellists discuss on topics such as politics, health, trends, business and culture.
  • In Ireland, Midday first aired in 2008 on TV3. Midday has been described as an Irish Loose Women but a TV3 representative said "We're not going to be like Loose Women though, they seem to do a lot of men bashing and talking about their sex lives, we certainly won't be doing that"
  • In Mexico, Netas Divinas first aired in 2012. It is among the few variations of the programme to be aired in other countries, having aired in other Latin American countries as well as on Galavision in the United States.


In late 2008, ITV released Let Loose: The Very Best Of Loose Women, a DVD featuring highlights of Series 12 and 13. The DVD is introduced by Jackie Brambles and Coleen Nolan, with Jane McDonald and Carol McGiffin giving an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the set at The London Studios.[15] A second DVD was released in November 2009, entitled Late Night with the Loose Women. The extended programme features Andrea McLean, Sherrie Hewson, Carol McGiffin and Jane McDonald discussing raunchier topics than the television timeslot permits, and includes appearances by guests Will Mellor, Rustie Lee and Christopher Biggins.[16] A 2010 DVD release saw Carol McGiffin, Sherrie Hewson, Lisa Maxwell and Denise Welch visit New York, titled Loose Women in New York: Let Loose in the City. The DVD was released on 8 November 2010.[17]

A range of books have also been published under the brand which has expanded further with an online shop selling make-up products, champagne, personalised cups and stationery.[18]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Date Ceremony Award Status
3 September 2007 TV Quick and TV Choice Awards Best Daytime Show Won[19]
19 March 2008 Royal Television Society Best Daytime Programme Nominated[20]
25 June 2008 TV Quick and TV Choice Awards Best Daytime Programme Won[21]
10 March 2009 Television and Radio Industries Club TV Daytime Programme award Won[22]
7 September 2009 TV Quick and TV Choice Awards Best Daytime Programme Won[21]
28 November 2009 TV Times Awards Favourite Programme Won[23]
20 January 2010 National Television Awards Most Popular Factual Programme Won[24]
6 September 2010 TV Choice Awards Best Daytime Programme Won[25]
26 January 2011 National Television Awards Topical Magazine Programme Nominated[26]
25 January 2012 National Television Awards Best Talkshow Nominated


  1. ^ a b Loose Women, TV.com, 20 July 2011
  2. ^ Chester, Jason (25 August 2013). "'I've exhausted my repertoire of anecdotes': Carol McGiffin quits her day job on Loose Women after ten years". The Sunday People. MailOnline. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Duncan, Amy (6 October 2013). "‘The bosses are choosing to turn back time and I would rather move forward’: Denise Welch quits Loose Women after ten years". Sunday Mirror. Metro. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Fletcher, Alex (3 October 2013). "Coleen Nolan, Kaye Adams return to 'Loose Women'". Digital Spy. (Hearst Magazines UK). Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Nadia Sawalha and Jane Moore return to Loose Women". itv.com. (ITV plc). 9 October 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "That'll give them something to talk about: Former pop star Jamelia joins panel of ITV's Loose Women". MailOnline. (Daily Mail). 25 November 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "LOOSE WOMAN: THE KAYE ADAMS COLUMN". Daily Record. 4 August 2007. Retrieved 7 August 2007. 
  8. ^ "Loose Women anchor Jackie Brambles quits on air". The Sun. 6 May 2009. 
  9. ^ http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/news/a539751/loose-women-adds-ruth-langsford-to-regular-panel-myleene-klass-to-guest.html
  10. ^ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2691204/Carol-Vorderman-quits-Loose-Women-three-years-concentrate-projects.html
  11. ^ Children In Need, ITV, 20 July 2011
  12. ^ Loose @ 5.30, IMDB, 20 July 2011
  13. ^ Live Talk, IMDB, 20 July 2011
  14. ^ Frauenzimmer Wikipedia.de, 17 August 2010
  15. ^ [1] Buy Let Loose play, 20 July 2011]
  16. ^ [2] Buy Late Night play, 20 July 2011]
  17. ^ Loose Women In New York Play.com, 17 August 2010
  18. ^ ITV Shop Results ITV, 20 July 2011
  19. ^ Coronation Street leads ITV Victory guardian.co.uk, 20 July 2011
  20. ^ Loose Women running amok dailymail.co.uk, 20 July 2011
  21. ^ a b TV Quick Awards itv.com, 20 July 2011
  22. ^ 2009 Winners tric.org.uk, 20 July 2011
  23. ^ All the 2009 winners whatsontv.co.uk, 20 July 2011
  24. ^ Loose Women hit Afterparty dailymail.co.uk, 20 July 2011
  25. ^ Loose Women stars live reputations dailymail.co.uk, 20 July 2011
  26. ^ National Television Awards Nominations in full metro.co.uk, 20 July 2011

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