|Also known as||Live Talk (2000–2001)|
|Created by||Diane Nelmes|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||Loose Women: 27 |
Live Talk: 2
|Executive producer||Emma Gormley|
|Running time||60 minutes (inc. adverts)|
|Production companies||Granada Television (1999–2002) |
Anglia Television/Granada Anglia (2002–2006)
ITV Productions (2006–2009)
ITV Studios Daytime (2009–present)
|Release||6 September 1999 –|
Loose Women (known as Live Talk from 2000 to 2001) is a British talk show that broadcasts on ITV weekdays from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. The show focuses on a panel of four female presenters who interview celebrities, talk about aspects of their lives, and discuss topical issues ranging from politics and current affairs to celebrity gossip and entertainment news. The 3,000th episode of Loose Women was broadcast on 15 May 2018.
It was originally broadcast from Norwich, then Manchester, before moving to London.
The panel comprises four women from various professions in the entertainment and journalism industries, who interview celebrities, discuss their lives and discuss topical issues, ranging from daily politics and current affairs, to celebrity gossip.
ITV decided to scrap the original format of Loose Women and instead opted for a more condensed version of the show under the new name Live Talk. This new version was filmed in Manchester instead of London, and the show kept its old roots. The re-branding made its debut on 25 September 2000 continued for 121 episodes. On 8 June 2001, Live Talk aired for the last time until 2 September 2002 when the Live Talk format and branding was scrapped and was re-branded back to Loose Women.
On 22 March 2020, it was announced that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, production on Loose Women had been suspended until further notice. Reruns of old episodes were aired in the programme's time slot. On 28 April 2020, it was announced that Loose Women would recommence production on two live episodes per week from 4 May 2020.
On 22 October 2020, Loose Women featured an all black panel for the first time in the show's history, featuring Charlene White, Brenda Edwards, Judi Love and Kéllé Bryan. This panel has been seen several times since then.
On 19 November 2020, there was an all male panel for the first time in the show's history, to celebrate International Men's Day, altering the show's name to Loose Men for the day. Panellists featured were Marvin Humes, Iain Stirling, Ronan Keating and Roman Kemp. Since then, there have been several episodes of Loose Men featuring the likes of Vernon Kay, Richard Madeley, Johannes Radebe, Mike Tindall and Ore Oduba.
On 3 August 2022, it was announced that the live studio audience would be returning from early September, having been suspended for over two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The audience returned on 5 September, and new opening titles were also introduced in the same episode.
On 21 April 2023, it was announced that Loose Women would be going on a live tour in September 2023.
Kaye Adams and Nadia Sawalha were the original presenters on the show. 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. Adams, Sawalha, Jane Moore and Karren Brady were panellists for the first episode and Ruth Langsford appeared in the second episode.
Coleen Nolan made her debut appearance in 2000 followed by Carol McGiffin. Jackie Brambles became anchor in 2006, before being replaced by Kate Thornton in 2009. Thornton was axed in 2011 and was replaced by Carol Vorderman who left in 2014.
The panel varied from 2003 to 2013 with the core panellists being Nolan, McGiffin, Denise Welch, Sherrie Hewson, Zoe Tyler, Jane McDonald, Lisa Maxwell and Lynda Bellingham. Kerry Katona, Claire Sweeney, Jenny Powell, Josie D’Arby, Kym Marsh, Nina Wadia, Terri Dwyer, Lesley Garrett, Gillian Taylforth, Sheree Murphy, Jo Bunting, Beverley Callard and Arlene Phillips also appeared.
On 16 October 2019, it was confirmed that Linda Robson would return to the show after a twelve-month break due to her suffering from OCD. She returned as a panellist on 17 January 2020 after appearing as a guest on 10 January 2020.
In February 2019, Brenda Edwards made guest appearances as a panellist to fill in for Robson. She was then brought in as a regular panelist in March that year. Linda returned in early 2020 and Edwards has since stayed on making weekly appearances.
On 30 November 2020, Andrea McLean announced she was to leave the show after 13 years so she could concentrate on her new venture, membership website This Girl Is On Fire. Her last show was on 16 December 2020. On 11 January 2021, it was announced that Charlene White would become a regular anchor presenter on the show, replacing McLean after her exit from the show in December 2020.
On 3 January 2021, Saira Khan announced that she would be leaving Loose Women after 5 years with immediate effect and would not return in 2021. She made her final appearance on 15 December 2020, and was replaced by Frankie Bridge in 2021.
On 23 July 2021, it was confirmed that Sunetra Sarker and Katie Piper would become regular panellists on the show. On 7 September 2022, it was announced that Dame Kelly Holmes would join the show as a regular panellist.
On 3 May 2023, it was reported that Carol McGiffin has been forced to leave the show due to a dispute within her contract.
|Kaye Adams||1999–2006, 2013–present||Regular panellist & Relief presenter (2016–2018)|
Relief panellist (2014–2015, 2019–2021)
Guest panellist (2022)
|Ruth Langsford||1999–2002, 2009, 2010, 2012–present||Regular panellist (1999–2000, 2002)|
Guest presenter (2006, 2007)
Guest panellist (2019)
|Christine Lampard||2016–present||Guest panellist (2016, 2019)|
|Charlene White||2021–present||Guest presenter (2020)|
|Jane Moore||1999–2002, 2013–present||Relief presenter (2000, 2018–present)|
|Nadia Sawalha||1999–2002, 2013–present||Relief presenter (1999–2002, 2016–2021) Guest presenter (2022, 2023)|
|Coleen Nolan||2000–2001, 2004–2011, 2013–present||Relief presenter (2014–present)|
|Denise Welch||2005–2013, 2018–present||Guest panellist (2001, 2002)|
Relief presenter (2006, 2007–2010, 2012)
|Janet Street-Porter||2011–present||Guest presenter (2021)|
|Linda Robson||2012–2018, 2020–present||Guest panellist (2003, 2010, 2011)|
|Gloria Hunniford||2014–present||Guest panellist (2003)|
Guest presenter (2014, 2015, 2016)
|Stacey Solomon||2016–present||Guest panellist (2011, 2012)|
Guest presenter (2021, 2022)
|Frankie Bridge||2021–present||Guest panellist (2020)|
|Katie Piper||2021–present||Guest panellist (2014)|
|Dame Kelly Holmes||2022–present|
Former regular presenters and panellists
|Jackie Brambles||2006–2009||Guest panellist (2005)|
|Andrea McLean||2007–2020||Guest panellist (2019)|
|Carole Malone||2007||Guest panellist (2002, 2005)|
|Carol Vorderman||2011–2014||Guest presenter (2010)|
|Emma Willis||2012–2013||Guest presenter (2021)|
|Trish Adudu||1999–2000, 2002|
|Karren Brady||1999–2002||Guest panellist (2017)|
|Anne Diamond||2000, 2016–2018||Guest presenter (2000)|
|Kerry Katona||2003–2004||Guest panellist (2016)|
|Carol McGiffin||2000–2001, 2003–2013, 2018–2023||Guest presenter (2003, 2007)|
|Sherrie Hewson||2003–2016||Guest presenter (2003)|
Guest panellist (2017)
|Claire Sweeney||2003–2005, 2010||Guest panellist (2012, 2016)|
|Jenny Powell||2000–2001, 2004–2005||Guest presenter (2000)|
|Jane McDonald||2004–2010, 2012–2013||Guest panellist (2011, 2015)|
|Jenni Trent Hughes||2000-2001, 2004|
|Kym Marsh||2005||Guest panellist (2014, 2015, 2016)|
|Nina Wadia||2005–2006||Guest panellist (2015, 2016)|
|Sheree Murphy||2006–2007||Guest panellist (2012, 2015)|
|Lesley Garrett||2006, 2009–2010||Guest panellist (2014)|
|Gillian Taylforth||2006, 2008||Guest Panellist (2000)|
|Arlene Phillips||2010||Guest panellist (2016)|
|Beverley Callard||2010||Guest panellist (2016)|
|Cilla Black||2010–2011||Guest presenter (2009)|
Guest panellist (2014)
|Jenny Eclair||2011–2012||Guest panellist (2003)|
|Shobna Gulati||2013–2014||Guest panellist (2010, 2012)|
|Myleene Klass||2014||Guest panellist (2023)|
|Linda Lusardi||2014–2015||Guest panellist (2002)|
|June Sarpong||2015–2016||Guest presenter (2015)|
|Katie Price||2015–2018||Guest panellist (2011, 2014)|
|Ayda Field||2016–2017||Guest panellist (2018, 2019)|
|Denise van Outen||2017–2018||Guest panellist (2014)|
|Chizzy Akudolu||2018||Guest panellist (2019)|
|Mel B||2018||Guest panellist (2009)|
|Rebecca Ferguson||2019||Guest panellist (2017, 2018)|
- Let Loose: The Very Best of Loose Women, was released in November 2008, and was a clip show that featured highlights of Series 12 and 13.
- Late Night with the Loose Women, was released in November 2009, and featured a special extended “Late-Night” styled episode, containing more raunchier content than the main show can allow.
- Loose Women in New York: Let Loose in the City, was released on 8 November 2010. This special featured Carol McGiffin, Sherrie Hewson, Lisa Maxwell and Denise Welch going on a holiday to New York.
- Christmas with the Loose Women was released in November 2011. This one was also a special extended episode, and was presented by Andrea McLean, Carol McGiffin, Denise Welch and Lisa Maxwell.
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.
Awards and nominations
|2007||TV Quick and TV Choice Awards||Best Daytime Show||Won|||
|2008||Royal Television Society||Best Daytime Programme||Nominated|||
|TV Quick and TV Choice Awards||Best Daytime Programme||Won|||
|2009||Television and Radio Industries Club||TV Daytime Programme award||Won|||
|TV Quick and TV Choice Awards||Best Daytime Programme||Won|||
|TV Times Awards||Favourite Programme||Won|||
|2010||National Television Awards||Most Popular Factual Programme||Won|||
|TV Choice Awards||Best Daytime Programme||Won|||
|2011||National Television Awards||Topical Magazine Programme||Nominated|||
|2012||National Television Awards||Best Session||Nominated|||
|2016||National Television Awards||Best Magazine Show||Nominated|||
|TV Choice Awards||Best Daytime Programme||Nominated|||
|2017||Diversity in Media Awards||TV Moment of the Year||Nominated|||
|National Television Awards||Best Live Magazine Show||Nominated|||
|2018||National Television Awards||Best Daytime Show||Nominated|||
|TRIC Awards||Daytime Programme||Nominated|||
|2020||National Television Awards||Live Magazine Show||Nominated|||
|2021||Royal Television Society||Best Daytime Programme||Won||For the first all black panel|||
|National Television Awards||Daytime Programme||Nominated|||
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- "Programme Awards Winners 2008". Royal Television Society. 14 March 2011. Retrieved 16 March 2021.
- TV Quick Awards itv.com, 20 July 2011
- 2009 Winners Archived 14 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine tric.org.uk, 20 July 2011
- All the 2009 winners whatsontv.co.uk, 20 July 2011
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